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The Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital Gallery

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[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1184835740_badgers.jpg]20094Huff & Puff
“Huff” and “Puff” were found wandering about in daylight hours when they were about 5/6 weeks old. Huff was picked up and taken home by some sensible people and when he was collected, they told us that there was a second cub out wandering alone. They’d resolved to leave her there because she “looked cross”!<br /><br />Jane and Marilyn decided they’d check out the field where Huff was found. After searching three fields and just as the light was fading, they discovered a little blob on the ground at the very spot where they’d agreed to meet up. To their amazement, it was the other cub. They were ecstatic.<br /><br />They found the remains of a dead badger on the main road and think the cubs were coming out to find their mum. Both cubs did very well and have now left for the start of a new beginning.
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1184835660_deer.jpg]15124Roe Kid
“Jim” came to us from Newbury in Berkshire via the RSPCA. He was seen following the doe and another sibling across a main road. However, Jim decided to sit in the middle of the road. A gentleman stopped to go to his aid. What he should have done is to have ushered Jim across the road in the direction of the doe and left him for the doe to return and collect him. Instead, he took Jim home, by which time it was too late to put him back.<br /><br />Jim has been a very easy roe kid and has taken from the bottle from day one. He has now been joined by Nicola and Rosie who are both from the RSPCA.
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1184831825_thor.jpg]12522Thor
“Thor” came to us via the RSPCA in August 2006. At first, he looked like a hopeless case: he could not stand, as his back legs kept buckling under him. We thought we had been hit by a car, but didn’t know the details. Our vet checked him over and could feel no fractures. After a chat with a homeopathic vet, Marilyn got to work on Thor with Arnica and Hypericum drops, which she added to his water. She also massaged his weak side (on the left) with arnica balm twice daily.<br /><br />“His name came to me while I was massaging him during a thunderstorm. It was amazing – he had this wonderful presence about him and gave a look which seemed to say ‘Come on, I’m really worth a try’,” said Marilyn.<br /><br />“It was a long road to recovery. Many times I questioned whether I was doing the right thing but, little by little, we got there.”Thor was released into a soft release site in April 2007. The photograph shows Thor growing a new pair of antlers – he almost looks as if he’s wearing a crown!
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1184831985_otter.jpg]11544Otter
“Pebbles” came to us via a vet in Oxfordshire. Her holt had been flooded and she was forced to find her way out across stony fields, ending up in a garden where she headed for the pond. When she arrived at the hospital, she was very lethargic and obviously missing her mum. We had already spoken to the Otter and Owl Centre near Southampton and decided that the best thing for the otter was to pass her on to the experts. We did look after her for twelve hours, which was a fantastic experience.<br /><br />Pebbles is now enjoying herself and has new friends. The plan is to release her back to where she came from.
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1184834431_raptor.jpg]11162Buzzard
This beautiful buzzard had been pecked on the head, probably by crows. His head was quite raw - nearly down to the bone.<br /><br />After a week’s nursing, he went into an aviary for three weeks and was then released back to where he came from.
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1184834446_owl.jpg]10703Long-Eared Owl
This wonderful bird was found by the roadside on the edge of Salisbury Plain. An examination by our vets revealed it had blood in both eyes.<br /><br />Despite being given time, the blood didn't disperse and so the kindest thing was to put him to sleep.
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1184835323_baby_fox.jpg]10964Baby Fox Feeding
“Toffee” was found out alone on Salisbury Plain. The vixen may have been moving her cubs, got disturbed and dropped him.<br /><br />Toffee turned out to be a lively cub and has now gone on to the next stage of his release. He is thriving in an outdoor pen!
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1184835345_ducklings.jpg]11564Ducklings
These ducklings came in to us via the RSPCA. Their mother was knocked down and killed, so we had the little darlings from the cute stage up to mucky duckys!
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1184835372_bird.jpg]10341Blackbird Fledgeling
A Blackbird fledgeling, one of the many blackbirds we hand rear every year. Blackbirds are very easy to hand rear and this one will be due to go into the aviary as soon as it is able to feed itself.
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1184835397_heron.jpg]10022Heron
This heron was found on the pavement at Stonehenge Road, Amesbury. He was concussed and we caught him very easily, although making sure we held onto his beak - just in case he decided to do some eye-piercing!<br /><br />Our vet examined him and diagnosed an injured shoulder. Cage rest and anti-inflammatory drops soon worked wonders and we were able to release him on 17 July. It was a fantastic release.
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1184835473_baby_hog.jpg]10873Baby Hedgehog Feeding
This week-old baby hedgehog was one of four found in a compost bin. He was out in the open and had succumbed to flies, with fly eggs all over him. We decided to investigate further and found number two out of the nest and in the open. After having a telephone conversation with Mike, I gently put my hand in the nest – which was at the base of the compost bin – and felt two more freezing cold babies.<br /><br />Sadly, one died shortly after we picked them up. The other three were hand-reared and are doing very well.
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1184835571_cygnet.jpg]10514Cygnet
This cygnet was being attacked by the cob (male swan) for reasons we will never know. Mike plucked him out of the water – he was wet through and very cold. Marilyn put the cygnet down her jumper to keep him next to her body in an attempt to warm him up. He started squeaking and looking for food.<br /><br />We cared for him for two days and then took him to the Swan Sanctuary in Dorset where he was able to join other cygnets.
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1197639979_p9080252-resized.jpg]9761Nicola & Rosie
These two young does arrived at the hospital within a week of each other. Nicola came from Dorset and had been hit by a car. She was suffering from concussion, but fortunately had no other injuries. Rosie had fallen into an empty swimming pool at a deserted property in Andover and was frantically trying to escape. Her cries for her mother drew the attention of a neighbour who called us to the rescue. <br />Marilyn eventually managed to catch Rosie, who was extremely traumatised and shivering from the cold and damp. Rosie quickly bonded with Nicola and the two made a successful recovery and have since been released back into the wild.
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1197640637_p9150258-resized.jpg]10420Male Hedgehog
A gin trap which had been set up to catch rats caught this poor male hedgehog instead. These traps are outlawed due to the stress and suffering they cause animals.<br /><br />Christopher had a difficult time releasing the hedgehog, but eventually succeeded. Despite a very swollen front paw, there were fortunately no broken bones. Anti-inflammatory cream was administered and he’s made an excellent recovery. He will spend the winter with us to ensure he doesn't lose any more body weight and can be released in the spring.
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1197641337_p9070242-resized.jpg]10880Grass Snake
This grass snake was caught in garden netting and flies had laid eggs in her wounds. The RSPCA brought her to us to be treated. After a few days we noticed that there were maggots under her scales, so the vet had to remove the scales. The wound has taken a long time to heal, but she is now doing well in a heated compartment with a daylight lamp. She will overwinter with us as it is too late for her to go into full hibernation.
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1197641568_p9300019-resized.jpg]9901Hobby
A remarkable bird of prey, the hobby is an uncommon visitor to the British isles. This one arrived from Bath with a broken wing. Being a juvenile, it is likely that the bird flew into something, causing a nasty injury. We unfortunately had to put it to sleep.
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1197641817_p8250224-resizeed.jpg]10812Dormice
These tiny creatures were only a few days old - their nest had been disturbed by someone cutting a beech hedge. They are quite difficult to hand-rear and, despite two-hourly feeds, we lost them after three weeks.
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1368959533_img_0905.jpg]1099020th Birthday Party May 2013
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[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1368969830_img_0853.jpg]8092Fox - Spring 2013
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1368970320_img_0844.jpg]7233Hansel and Gretel - Spring 2013
These two badger cubs were found in April 2013 wandering around on their own. They were very thin but with the help of the WWH they are now doing really well. More often than not Marilyn would find them arguing over their supper or trying to escape from their bed cage, usually to be found snuggled up together in what they deem as a more suitable set that they made themselves! <br /><br /><br />They have both put on lots of weight since they first came to the hospital and Hansel is turning into quite the heavy weight!
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1368970556_img_0884.jpg]7681Weasel - Spring 2013
This little girl came in when she was only three days old. She is still being hand fed every four hours (even through the night!) and is doing well.<br /><br />Marilyn has just introduced her to some solids and she loves the jelly from tins of dog food! Her eyes are still closed but her ears can be seen now and she's getting more furry.<br /><br />More pictures coming soon...
[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1368970656_img_0847.jpg]7150Wild Rabbit - Spring 2013
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[img src=http://www.wildthingsres-q.org.uk/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_1408187110_063.jpg]5900WWH Summer Fayre 2014
Despite the unpredictable weather, this year’s Summer Fayre was a great success. Apart from holding down flying tents and dodging heavy rain showers people enjoyed the day. As always, the china smash as a hit and Kate’s fabulous cake & bake stall sold out and when people weren’t watching the dog competition or browsing the bric-a-brac there was delicious BBQ and tea & cakes to enjoy!<br /><br />Thank you to all for donating, buying and helping… we couldn’t do it with out you!
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