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|Killing with Kindness
|It is always very sad when an animal
comes to WildLives too late to be helped, and it is doubly distressing when
this happens because someone intended to help, but actually makes matters
worse. The little hedgehog shown above was picked up by a member of the public
who realised it needed help. Unfortunately they did not know enough about
hedgehogs, and they only realised how ill it was when all its spines fell out.
When it arrived at WildLives it was quickly diagnosed as suffering from mange,
an extremely painful and unpleasant condition that kills.
|It is in the
advanced stage of the disease that the hedgehog becomes bald, and the
debilitating effects of the mange had already resulted in it becoming extremely
|As if this was
not bad enough, on further examination it was found to have a crushed leg, that
had become badly infected during the three weeks it spent being 'looked after'
before finally being brought to WildLives. After it had been built up enough to
withstand surgery the leg was amputated by a vet, but it was all too late for
this little animal who died a few days later.
also died this month from well-meaning, but wrong, care. Picked up on the
beach, its finders thought it was suffering from fleas, so bathed it then
doused it in dog flea powder. Not only did the duck breathe the powder, causing
breathing difficulties, but ingested it whilst trying to preen itself. On the
still wet and cold duck, the flea powder quickly formed a hard crust. In spite
of great efforts by WildLives staff, the duck died of cold from being left wet
and poisoning from the fleapowder.
hedgehog was brought in after having been kept for some time, and had such
appalling abcesses to the throat and side of the face that she could not open
her mouth to eat. Fortunately, she is likely to have a happy ending - after
treatment to the abcesses, in spite of terrible holes left in her face and
neck, she is now eating well.
|Gull makes full recovery
juvenile Great Black-back gull, brought to the centre completely collapsed and
emaciated, has recovered fully(pictured left) after intensive care and tube
feeding. He was recently released onto the lake, where he stayed for a few days
enjoying 'full board' before joining the collection of gulls who visit to feed
on a 'half board' basis!
wild animal that can be easily approached is likely to be very ill. If you
find an animal or bird, please call WildLives for advice. We are always happy
to discuss problems, no matte how small. If you care about animals, a phone
call will help you to help them - not kill them.
babies of the year
|Five little wood
mice, with their eyes still closed, became the first orphans of the year at
WildLives when their mother ate poison. They are all doing well, and are
expected to be released in about two weeks, weather permitting.
|Leon, the Tendring council Wildlife
Officer, was recently called to a fox, collapsed in a well-frequented area. On
arrival he was helpfully informed by a number of people that it had 'been there
for days'. This fox died for want of a phone call. If someone had reported his
plight when he was first seen, he could now be recovering. Instead, in spite of
the best efforts of WildLives staff, it was too late for him when he finally
reached the hospital, and he died shortly after admission. A quick phone call
can save a life - please don't assume someone else will do it.
|On a happier note, the
blackbird pictured in January, who had been illegally kept as a pet and was
very sick, made a full recovery and grew a fine new suit of feathers. She was
released this week and has been seen around WildLives, being courted by two
handsome male blackbirds!