No distinction between injured

Now is the time of year when our hedgehogs play '˜musical chairs'.

Sunday, 24th April 2016, 10:48 am
A racing pigeon collected from the town centre that could have been attacked by a hawk.

We are sending the hogs back to their homes, or new homes if the finders don’t want them back.

We then take to the outside pens the hedgehogs that are still indoors to ‘harden them off’, a bit like bedding plants.

During the next couple of weeks we hope that all our hogs – a total of 32 – will be outside or released.

We shall be contacting re-homers as soon as the hogs are ready to go.

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We are also dealing with casualties that are arriving.

Kay collected from the town centre a racing pigeon that we think had been attacked by a hawk.

It has quite a large wound to the left side of its body and a smaller one, which has started to heal by itself, to the right. It has lost all its primary feathers on its left wing. It has severe bruising to its body and wing.

When we examined the bird on its arrival my first thought was that we would have to put the bird to sleep, but then Kay said its wound was very similar to the swan that had been bitten by a dog.

The pigeon was looking bright so we decided to do the same treatment as we did for the swan.

It means that we have to administer antibiotics (a nice easy oral type), then clean up the wound and apply intrasite gel daily. After a quick whiff of anaesthetic to calm the bird, it lies still while we clean the wound.

The photo this week shows work in progress.

We have been doing this treatment for several days and the wound is looking better and the bruises are lessening.

It is a large wound for a small bird, but it is eating and looks bright enough in its cage so only time will tell.

It will have to stay with us for quite a while as it has to re-grow the primary feathers on its left wing.

We are happy to spend the same amount of time and effort on a pigeon as we do on a swan as we try to make no distinction between casualties.

To our committee meeting this month, the treasurer told us that another donation had been received to help with Errol’s aviary.

We hope to be starting work on he project in May so it should be in full swing for the Open Day, which is on Saturday, May 28, from 10.30am to 2pm.

A thank you is also due this week to Eildon Care, Station Road, Duns, which had a sponsored ‘Pyjama Day’ last week and raised a total of £45.92. This included £18 from Tom.

Well done – it must have been great fun.

I must thank all the people who think of us in many ways – bringing newspapers, tins of dog food for the hogs, fish for the sea-birds, and towels for bedding – and, of course, bringing us cash.

We have some very kind supporters who save up their loose change and bring it in to us.

There are just too many to thank individually, but we do very much appreciate such donations.