OUR 15 indoor awake hedgehogs are doing well except for one which is still in the vetario. He was up to 600+ grams but has gradually gone down and is now at 430grams.
He has been checked out and had anti-biotics, hedgehog rescue remedy, and extra vitamins all to no avail. He doesn’t seem to eat much other than his mealworms. His breathing is fast but otherwise he looks okay. We are just keeping going and will see what happens.
I would like to thank again the lady who comes in every Sunday to look at the hedgehogs and bring us cat food and mealworms. We very much appreciate it.
The hibernating hedgehogs are all still sleeping. We have six in the big room and five outside.
Dick was called out to a swan on the Chirnside to Ayton road early this morning to pick up a swan on the verge but when he located the bird it had returned to the field and few off a little way when he got within 30 yards or so. As it was able to fly and look after itself he left it where it was.
He then took two young swans for release at Norham. One was found wandering along the road at Foulden. It was a very tiny female. She had come from a lake there where the parents are trying to see off last year’s youngsters. This happens a lot this time of year and it can seem rather cruel as loving parents suddenly chase their offspring away from their ’home’. Eventually the young now almost adult birds get the message and fly off to pastures new.
The other bird, a big cob, again a 2012 swan, very healthy and strong with perfect feathers, had flown into cables near Fenwick a couple of weeks ago. He had to be brought in for a stay for a while in case he had burn damage. If a bird catches electricity cables the burns sometimes take ten days to show. He has been with us just over two weeks and still looks as beautiful as he did when he came in, no sign of any injury. He got on well with the other little one so we released them together.
We have two other swans in to keep us busy. One has a very poorly leg which seems to be caused by nerve damage. The other is just a very sick bird, tiny and underweight. We have no idea what happened to either of them and I will let you know more about their progress next week.
Kay and I were doing the hedgehogs on Sunday morning when Kay noticed all the spider webs round the recovery room windows. They have been there for ages but the sun has swung round a bit now and come in low though the window to show them up. So we got the windows cleared and tidied the sills. The trouble is everywhere else looks as though it needs cleaning! Spring Clean Day is next on the volunteer calendar.
Should you find an animal in need of our services, or if you need any advice please phone HQ on (01289) 302882. We are happy to help. Please visit our website www.swan-trust.org to find how to email about non-urgent matters and easy ways to support us.
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