Swans have their babies, or cygnets, at this time of year and every year we get numerous calls to rescue families who chose a precarious journey to water.
This particular swan family was well known - a kind member of the public had been walking them from their nesting site in his garden to a local lake for years (a journey of over 3 hours over busy roads), but sadly his age had recently prevented him from helping them out. He contacted WAF and Simon was happy to help!
Simon, vet nurse Lucy, new vet Michelle and Simon's daughter and WAF's deputy CEO, Lou, rushed to the scene and quickly captured both adults and all six cygnets. Once they were all safely in the car it was only a short drive before they could be released again!
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There is no such thing as a 'normal' day at Wildlife Aid; recently, we had a toad brought in to us by a member of the public in an unusual situation.
This unlucky amphibian had tried to crawl through some discarded pond tubing and had become well and truly stuck.
Our volunteer vet, Jono, quickly came to the rescue, using a trusty pair of veterinary scissors to cut it free. Watch the video to see what happened!
We’ve seen a lot of different species pass through the doors over the years, but this is something we’ve only seen three times in over thirty years!
This incredible bird is a European eagle owl, and was brought into us after being found grounded in a field. Eagle owls are not native species here in the UK, and so the hunt was on to find out where it came from!
Football is all over the news in the UK, but it seems that this fox cub wanted to be involved a bit too much!
Simon was called out to a fox cub that was heavily tangled, garrotting itself, in a garden football net. Expecting serious constriction wounds, Simon arrived with his trusty cutters and a carry case... watch the video to see what happened!
We are alerted to this sort of incident all-too-frequently here at WAF; many animals are injured or even killed by netting every year. If you do have one of these nets, please ensure you raise the netting by approximately one foot when not in use to give our furry friends a chance!
Wildlife Aid is called out to rescue many different species, but reptiles are a bit of a rarity!
Simon was called out to rescue a grass snake that had become entangled in netting after gorging itself on a mouse and struggling to fit through a gap! Cutters in hand, Simon came to the rescue, but was left with a rather interesting scent as a reward!
Rescue-releases are the best sort of rescues, and it’s always amazing to see an animal go straight back to a wild life without any need of captivity. Maybe this snake will think twice, next time, about eating a big meal before facing a tight squeeze!
This week, we welcomed two baby hedgehogs to the WAF centre after they were found abandoned by their mother. They were quickly checked over by our vet team and, luckily, proved to be unscathed!
As with many of our orphans, they were very hungry! They are being fed a special milk-substitute formula by our experienced volunteer feeders, and are putting on weight by the day!
They very much enjoy their meals, as you can see!
Simon was called out to rescue a family of Canada geese who had decided to stop off in a garden on their way to a local lake. He thought that it would be a simple collection and relocation, but as he arrived things took an unexpected twist...
Rescuing wildlife is not a 9-5 job! Simon was called out in the middle of the night to rescue a fox cub that had fallen into a hole between buildings at a children's hospital. The cub was fine, it just needed some help to get out! Simon (almost) easily scooped it out, but the most exciting part of the rescue was the release! Stay tuned until the end of the video!
One Sunday night we were called out on an unusual rescue by the police. A swan was sitting on a pavement and didn't seem to want to move! Fearing for its safety, Simon and Stana quickly set off to the rescue. After finding the swan alive and healthy, it was only a short trip back to the Thames for release!
Night rescues always have a certain atmosphere to them, and it's always fantastic to see an animal go straight back to the wild!
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Two vets spent nearly all day on Friday literally bringing the poor, cold badger cub back from near death. From an undetectable heartbeat and non-readable temperature, after two hours, the little cub began to show some signs of recovery. By mid-afternoon, we dared to hope that she was a little more stable with her temperature now only one degree below normal and a steady pulse.
Suddenly, though, a short while later, she suffered a serious fit and had to be sedated, but, once more, rallied, showing signs of stabilising by midnight, when she appeared to be much more quiet and peaceful. With the drip still attached, we left her to sleep, checking in on her every hour throughout the night and, by 8am the next morning, she was showing signs of movement and consciousness. But, at 08.27, her breathing became erratic and she died shortly afterwards – needless to say we were totally distraught.
We will always give every effort to every patient, but sometimes it’s as if it’s just not meant to be.
We mourn every loss, but, as always, such instances make us even more determined to do all we can to redress the balance. There will be an ever-increasing amount of patients who will need the dedicated care of wildlife hospitals and we will make sure that we are spending 24 hours a day doing our best.