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|Success breeds hectic times
|The last four weeks has been
even busier than any month before since the start of Wildlives. The Centre has
seen dozens of different birds from the common starling to a Crested Cara Cara
and animals from a slow worm to handfuls of hedgehogs and more foxes. There
have been periods of serious shortage of volunteers and Rosie has been at
virtual breaking point yet again. At least 70% of cases that have been brought
to the Centre have been fledgling birds that have been injured by cats! Please,
if you own a cat could you please not leave the cat out all night so that it
can raid weak fledglings learning to fly in the early mornings - ideally, keep
the cat in for a couple of days to give them a chance to fly to safety after
leaving the nest, and then let the cat into your garden later in the morning.
Your help in this matter over the next few weeks could save hundreds of young
birds in our area alone. Of course, if you can, please feed the birds before
the cat is let free!
||Dumpling The Tawny
||ERIC AND ERNIE
|Dumpling that we
mentioned in the April Case Notes has
been released having grown into a lovely bird. She returns to the Centre at
night of her own accord for food.
||Sadly Ernie hasn't been able to
make a recovery which was most probably due to the eggs being so cold when they
were found and brought to the Centre. He
had problems pelleting and would get very weak and uninterested in food. Eric
on the other hand is doing fine and has a very good appetite.
|Thrushes, Blackbirds, House
Martins, Green Finches, Blue Tits, Great Tits , Chaffinches, Pheasants,
Partridges, Jackdaws and others too numerous to mention - all arriving with
damage caused by cats. Please try and help reduce this carnage.
||Inga the fox cub that became
entangled in a football net and nearly strangled herself has completely
recovered and has been taken down to the Fox Project in Kent where she is to
stay for a short while in the company of other young foxes and will be released
later in that area.
| Another female fox cub also caught her legs in
a football goal netting in Harwich and was brought to the Centre where after
inspection was found to have badly sprained her left front and rear legs. With
her legs strapped up for a short while she soon made a very good recovery and
also became a favourite of the volunteers. She was named Harriet of Harwich and
has been also transferred to the Fox Project for a few Days and then she will
be moved further on to a managed site in Brighton which has a purpose built den
where she will learn the arts of self survival in the company of one other cub.
eak and uninterested in food. Eric on the other hand is doing fine and has a
very good appetite.
| A rare Hobby was brought to the Centre for
priority treatment by Donna of the RSPCA after a lady called Janice found it in
Coggeshall on the 14th May. The Hobby was exhausted and was in a very collapsed
state after flying from its wintering grounds in Africa. The Hobby is
designated as a schedule 4 bird by the Department for Environment, Food and
Rural Affairs and defra must be notified if any schedule 4 bird that comes into
the possession of a registered keeper for treatment due to being disabled.
Stringent regulations apply and the bird must not be exposed to mal-imprinting
by its keeper - also it must be released as soon as possible. The patient only
weighed 190grams when brought in, but 8 days later it had increased in weight
to 270grams. The following day the Hobby was released back to site where it was
found wearing an identification ring fitted by a representative of the
BTO. He flew off strongly to find his mate
who would hopefully be still in the area.
|Photo by Rachel Kilby
||Crested Cara Cara
| Although originating in the Americas, this
carrion-eating, heavy-billed member of the falcon family became a patient at
the Centre. The bird was found in a field in a very weak condition and the
finders managed to catch it and hand it over to the RSPCA to bring to
Wildlives. He was resuscitated for a few days before being transferred to Eagle
Heights in Kent who are also specialists in this type of species. It was
discovered later that he had been stolen during a robbery at an exotic bird
| There are fifteen baby hedgehogs that have
been deserted by their parents due the nest being disturbed by gardeners not
carefully checking that the compost/bonfire does not have a nest in its midst.
Please take care and pay special attention to the searching of vulnerable sites
that may contain hedgehog nests - once disturbed, it will be deserted by the
parents, so give them a couple of weeks to mature and then they will be gone on
their way. For the Centre to care for each baby hedgehog costs in the region of
£100 for specialist foods not to mention the hours and hours of nursing,
feeding and toileting which puts a tremendous strain on al the available
| David Giddings
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