An Unusual Patient
First up is this gorgeous juvenile Rhea, which was found on the road in Princetown, Dartmoor. It had several puncture wounds and scratches but was otherwise healthy. Despite sharing far and wide we could not unite the Rhea with its rightful owner, but it has been lucky enough to be offered a forever home at a smallholding in Exeter. They have a few Rheas onsite including another of about the same age.
We think that the Rhea may be an abandoned pet after an at home rearing exercise. All pets require commitment, time and resources to take care of them but when it comes to exotic animals, the vast majority are not suited to living in a human home and require specialist care. Many people only realise this when it is too late for the animal.
Thankfully this individual has gone to a forever home where it will have the company of its own kind and plenty of space in open paddocks to forage and run around as is normal for this species.
Thank you to all those involved in arranging this for the Rhea, and transporting it from Dartmoor to Southampton to HART Wildlife Rescue and then on to Exeter – quite the journey for a young Rhea!
Spotlight On: Woodpeckers
The year 2020 has seen a wide variety of bird species through the hospital doors at HART Wildlife Rescue. Following our Buzzard and Tawny Owl admissions in January, we have seen a wide variety of birds come in, and at the moment we are caring for Greater Spotted Woodpeckers as well as Green Woodpeckers.A few days ago, we admitted this juvenile Green Woodpecker. A kind member of staff from Marwell Wildlife transported the individual to us. Although the bird has multiple soft tissue injuries, he is lively and has started treatment. He is currently keeping our other younger Green Woodpecker company, who was admitted a few days ago.
Before releasing any animal, our team has to ensure that they have the necessary skills to survive. These Woodpeckers will not only need to be able to fly, but also find food for themselves. For Woodpeckers it is crucial that they associate trees with food, so our youngsters are currently going through the process of learning how to get to juicy insects found within trees! 🍀
Thank you to everyone who has donated Waxworms for them!
It’s that time of year again…
Our first Hoglets of the year have arrived! Sadly one of the three brought in passed away shortly after arrival; the remaining two have multiple bite wounds on their abdomen and neck. We believe a Cat must have taken them out of their nest as they were found out in the open. They are being treated for their injuries at the moment and only time will tell how they get on.
It is also the time of year when everyone is getting their gardens in order, especially during this lockdown phase. A reminder to please check where you are about to strim before you start as it could save lives. If you see or find Hoglets do not touch them before calling a wildlife rescue centre for advice. The same goes for adult Hedgehogs – although we would usually advise that they should not be out in the day, at this time of year it could be a mother cooling off or looking for food.
Many of you will already know that we welcomed Morgane Ristic to our team as Clinical Assistant this year. Morgane has come in with expert knowledge, bags of enthusiasm and an ability to cope on very little sleep when she hand raises our juvenile patients! We wanted to give an official welcome to Morgane – we are very lucky to have you!