Casualties of bird and cat attacks
This week Kay had to go to Foulden to rescue a swan that had got tangled in a fence.
She thought it had been fighting with other swans, although it had got itself really caught up.
One wing was trapped, stretched above the swan’s head. It had its legs caught up and was unable to move.
She managed to free the bird and brought it back to the centre for us to check over and look after.
The poor bird was very sore and was happy to settle down on its own in an undercover pen for the night.
The following morning when we checked it we found that it was just badly bruised.
We could find no apparent breaks on the wing, although the feathers were all out of place, making it look untidy.
There was bruising and scrapes on the beak so it looked as though the bird had been beaten up by another swan, and then in trying to escape, got itself well and truly wedged against the fence.
We decided to put the bird on the big pond with another swan that is almost fully recovered and can soon be released.
They got on ok together and the swan enjoyed a wash and brush up, although due to the bruising around its legs it is very lame.
It is already holding its wing better, and again, hopefully a good rest will do the trick.
Our amputee swan has had to have another operation on its wing and has now to be undercover and kept dry until the dressing is removed.
We have two racing pigeons that managed to survive a hawk attack.
Both birds had large open wounds when they arrived.
One has almost completely healed, but the other still has a couple of weeks of bathing and cleaning to go, as well as needing antibiotics daily.
More hedgehogs will be leaving this week.
We should then only have three or four left that are in need of a little more weight before they can leave.
The photograph this week is of a young blackbird that came in after being caught by a cat.
We had to hand feed it for a couple of weeks, but now it is flying and searching for food by itself.
A couple more days and it can be released.
This little blackbird is luckier than one brought in last week that had been caught by a dog.
Sadly, its wing was shattered at the shoulder and we had to put it to sleep.
Just as I write, we have taken in another very tiny mallard duckling, and a plover chick with the same size body as the duckling, but it looks like it’s on stilts.
As they are alone, we have put them in a pen together so they have company.
Please come along to our Open Day on Saturday, May 28, running from 10.30am to 2pm.
There will be lots of stalls and animals and birds to see.
Thank you to everyone for kindly donating tombola prizes, and thank you also to all of those who have offered to bake for the day.