Swans' recovery is taking some time

Last week I wrote about an otter that Kay brought in from the estuary.

Sunday, 20th March 2016, 1:46 pm
Bath time for a poorly swan makes a difference. Picture by Pat Goff.

It was taken up to the vet as it was in a poor state.

It was an older adult and weighed in at 7kg.

David tried to get fluids into it, but sadly it died that night.

He did a post mortem and found that the cause of death was Parvo virus, which was very worrying, but he explained that this strain of the virus only affects mink and otters.

The vet has also checked out and ex-rayed both of our adult swans.

One came from the Tweed in Berwick and is an old bird, probably having difficulty after the cold and stormy winter.

The vet thought he could smell cooking oil on her, and she certainly was not waterproof. He could find nothing else wrong with her.

She has had a good bath and she looks better, but still will not go in the water and is very unsteady on her legs. I took this photograph of her when she was being lathered up.

The other swan came from a culvert at West Learmouth. It was very stressed and had been through a traumatic experience.

We expected her to make a speedy recovery, but sadly this has not happened.

The vet gave her a check-up, but could find nothing wrong.

Both swans are on doses of painkillers to try to help them. Time will tell, I suppose.

The cygnet we have that came from Eyemouth is looking very well, but his injured foot is taking a little longer than we thought to heal.

We would rather release it with another swan, and we were hoping the one from West Learmouth would be ready at about the same time, but we will have to see.

About half our hibernating hedgehogs are awake, although some of them only eat for a day or two, then go back to sleep for a few more days.

The hedgehog that had the operation on its ear is now healing up.

We have to keep putting a bandage ‘boot’ on her back leg to stop her from scratching and opening up the wound. This has to be done under anaesthetic.

The trouble is, as soon as she comes round, she heads for her food bowl and has a good meal. She now weighs 1.125kg so she is quite a tubby girl.

We have a blackbird that has had to have a course of antibiotic for an infected wing joint caused by a cat bite. He had to be in a cage whilst he was being treated, but we have now put him in the JD aviary.

He will have to stay with us for some time as he lost some wing feathers and the majority of his tail to the cat. Once he grows new feathers, he should be fine.

We are arranging to have an open day during the spring bank holiday. Further details will follow. We shall be looking for tombola prizes, etc.

We hope that Errol, our owl, will be used to his anklets and jesses by then so that he can be out with visitors.