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|The heat of summer has
continued without rest and so have the patients brought to Rosie making this
year the busiest ever with nearly 800 injured animals treated so far and all
sorts of orphans, in fact it seems like, you name it - Rosie's treated it.
|The Anglia TV film crew are
still filming at the Centre adding to their film stories of the many different
cases that have been dealt with. This has created a heightened awareness of the
excellent work carried out at 'Wildlives'.
|This brings even more cases to be dealt with as well as enquiries
asking for help looking after various species and recently a veterinary nurse
representative of the League Against Cruel
Sports requested help in writing up her papers to encourage vetinaries to
take a greater interest in wildlife.
|Following a check-up the consultant surgeon
felt he had underestimated the extent of the break to her leg and he has
inserted more screws and two extra fixator pins making a total of four attached
to the external bar. Tilly seemed to be a lot more comfortable after this
treatment but unfortunately started limping badly and the attachment points
into her leg had become badly infected. She was then seen at the Veterinary
Centre in West Mersea where the vet started her on a further course of
antibiotics. Tilly has an appointment in Braintree next week to see her
consultant orthopaedic surgeon in the hope that the infection will have cleared
up and she can have the fixator bar removed.
| More young hedgehogs are still being brought
in to Rosie and her volunteers. One case in particular has a happy ending.
Someone was clearing out their garage when they came across a hedgehog nest.
The mother hog scampered away and the babies were gathered up talking care not
to leave human scent on the babies. The garden was searched and soon the mother
was found and re-united with the young family and all were taken to the Centre.
Now there could be three possible outcomes:
| 1:The mother could ignore the
young and not feed them.
2: The mother may become hostile to the young and
eat them, or
3: The mother could accept her young back again if the
environment was quiet and private. The family were found a suitable secure area
within the grounds of the Centre and after unobtrusive observation, the mother
was seen to be feeding her young - success! Another case of hedgehogs found in
a garage that had to be locked for a long period finished in the mother eating
her young before they arrived at the centre. The most important thing to
remember is do not handle them with bare hands and if possible leave them where
you find them, undisturbed until they are fully weaned in a few weeks.
||YOUNG VIXEN MISTRAL
| A young female fox ran into a road at Long
Melford to retrieve a dead pigeon but was hit by traffic. She was taken to the
local veterinary practice still hanging onto her pigeon. She had a badly
damaged toe which had to be amputated and she was then brought to 'Wildlives'
in a pet carrier box. Her fear of confinement was rather obvious when Rosie
opened the box to find it lined with excrement and as Rosie lifted her out by
the scruff of her neck, the flailing legs managed to re-decorate the hospital
walls! She was checked over and was given treatment for mange which was quite
| After building her strength up and
removing stitches she was released back to the area where she was found. This
case was filmed for the programme.
|The family of one of the volunteers found the
injured owl by the roadside. The owl had been hit by traffic and one eye was
seriously damaged. On investigation at a local vets it was found that the
retina had a hole caused by the accident. A veterinary opthalmic surgeon was
called in and he managed to close the hole by stitching the retina and the
third eyelid was also stitched shut for protection. As I was being told of this
case the owl was at the vets having the stitches removed. Again, this case has
been filmed so far.
| BARN OWL CHICK
An official from the water board at Brightlingsea brought in a baby Barn
Owl chick. It was found wandering around the sewage works apparently having
fallen from the nest nearby. It was quite thin and weak but after a few days
care and feeding it was deemed ready for return to its nest.
|One evening, Rosie had a few
hours off duty to go with David Wilkin from the Barn Owl Conservation network,
the Manager of the Sewage works and the entire film crew to return the
fledgling to its nest. On arrival, one of the parent birds flew off; the nest
box was checked and a sibling was removed for weighing and checking.
|Then both chicks were ringed
and returned to the nest. (When a nest box is new, the entry hole is at a
higher level than the floor but as the droppings build up inside, the floor
level rises until it is level with the opening, the chicks move around and one
surely gets pushed out.)
|Finally a last check to see
that both chicks were accepted and then back to the Centre. Everything was
found to be back to normal making another interesting case for the Animal Tales
programme showing at 7.30 on Thursdays on ITV.