Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital Summer Fayre

30 July 2017

A huge thank you to Peter Norrey who has donated a very generous £2,500! This is a great help, especially this time of year with the 200 plus resident hedgehogs and other wildlife we are currently to caring for!

Remember to help the birds this morning..... ...

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TEAM TADPOLE! yet more spawn to rescue.....thanks to Sarah, Kimberley and Karen for helping ...

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Mrs Badger and her Cub 'Oreo'

I must admit to shedding a few tears this week, I was having a conversation about them to our very supportive veterinary team Vets4Pets Amesbury and ordering the convalescent support for Mrs B and found myself getting a bit emotional, the tears just came from nowhere!(no sympathy vote please),.
Mrs Badger has been concerning me, her appetite seems to have gone down hill, and her restlessness has continued. Her tolerance of 'Oreo' is worrying,it may be perfectly normal and he is growing and doing well, but she will prevent him from going for the teat at times by stiffening up and just not letting him in. That concerns me because of her poor intake of food and makes me think could her milk be drying up and is she having some discomfort.... saying that he is a strong little individual with eyes now open! He now does the little greeting noise to his mum that badgers do to each other which is a little deep 'whicker' although I haven't heard her do it back.
I think I'm feeling guilty for not being able to get a proper prognosis for Mrs B....it is almost like when a human due to have her baby, and has a health issue but chooses to carry on and put her baby first, except I've made the decision for Mrs Badger......
Then when you've been watching them and agonising over the situation they snuggle up and then I think Mrs Badger would probably have made the same decision.....

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It's that time of year! ...

WARNING .....SCENE OF GRAPHIC CUTENESS ..... We have another orphan badger cub so the fox cub is no longer required as a cuddle buddy for the first badger Eva and can go with the other foxes now although he seems pretty comfortable where he is ! Our latest badger patient is a bit poorly and has a few small bite wounds but she is feeding well.

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We rescued some frogs spawn last night....The river Bourne in Newton Tony is a spring and is normally up by now, but it is dry! The poor frogs have been trying to get to water to spawn and have used some puddles which were very muddy and drying up or missed the puddles completely. Sarah my daughter and I went to rescue what we could ....so we have 4 very full containers of frogs spawn, has anybody living fairly close by to the hospital got any pond space for them? We could do with several ponds! ...

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We are happy to report the female Swan from the Maltings in Salisbury with the eye injury has responded well to treatment and her eye is now open, we are not sure if she has vision in that eye yet but are hopeful. ...

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We have taken in another badger, he was a road traffic victim from West Wiltshire. He was picked up by a brave young lady working at a public house along the road, she physically carried him to the side of the road other wise he would have been squashed! He has a few scars from 'skirmishes' with other badgers but nothing other than a slight limp, so very lucky!
We will keep him in for a few days until we are confident enough for him to be released.

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We were called out to a deer at the weekend, it sounded like it might be one we might not be able to help, so we sent one of our much valued deer dispatch team. These compassionate gentleman go out to a stricken deer at the drop of a hat, and are very professional at what they do.
When deer are picked up and taken to a vet by members of the public thinking they are doing the right thing, a veterinary surgery is the worse experience for them to go through with all the smells of dogs cats and the clinical atmosphere as well as noise, only adds to their suffering.
If an injured deer has a fractured leg/spine, these can be easy to detect because of the position it's in ie legs at strange angle or an attempt to get up but can't. If you do come across an injured deer on a busy main road the police need to be called on 101, they too have a list of gentlemen they can ring for assistance or ourselves. When a deer is suffering from concussion it will be dazed and laying like a cow with all legs tucked in and in the right position ....these are the ones we can rescue and bring in to the hospital as they are not aware of what is happening to them.
The good news on the Fallow deer was when Mike( deer team) examined it, it was a bit dazed but stood up, so our Mike went to collect him, although looking worse for wear to start with he has brightened up and is eating. He does have a wound to the front of his leg which we cleaned and gave him some antibiotic cover but looked like somebody sprayed it with wound spray and let him go although clearly he wasn't 100%

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Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital shared TB Free England's photo. ...

I recently shared a 'Badger Cull Fact' leaflet on here, but it was pointed out that the facts were not referenced... So I made a new one, with references 🙂

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Thank You Animal Friends Pet Insurance!

Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital would like to thank Animal Friends Pet Insurance and the employee of the quarter (Gavin) for nominating us for there extremely generous donation of £3,000. This very generous donation will go towards the funding for the animal food supplies, which is one of our major ongoing expenses. Thank you Animal Friends for your support.


Have you found a sick, injured or orphaned animal and wondered where to find help and advice?
The Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital provides a 24-hour rescue and advice service for Wiltshire’s wildlife. Our team of dedicated volunteers rescues, treats, cares for and rehabilitates mammals, birds and reptiles in preparation for their release back to the wild in and around the Wiltshire area.

All animals admitted are given the same care and attention, regardless of species.

Emergency contact number: 07850 778 752


The Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital is treating an increasing number of animals and relies solely on memberships and donations. Every patient needs suitable accommodation, a specific diet, warmth, a quiet environment, regular care and monitoring. They may also need veterinary treatment and medication. Help them by becoming a supporter or donating towards this much-needed cause.