In June 2010, when I was walikg down to give the chickens and ducks their lunchtime wheat, I nearly stepped on a young hedgehog, curled up on the track. I knew it was bad for hedgehogs to be outside in the daylight, so I picked him up and put him safely in a hutch. He did not more so I put a heatpad in with him and he snuggled up to it. The next day he had still not eaten, so I offered him some syringed chicken cat food, this seemed to kick start him, because I had to tip him out of the food bowl that night and since then he thrived. In JUly we put him outside in a hutch, tucked away in the trees, we will keep him there for a few weeks to enure he is coping and them release him. I hope he will continue to use the hutch as a home. For the time being we have called him Thistle.
Monty is our resident wood pigeon. He was handed into the vets with a badly chewed wing from a cat attack. We did try to save it but it became infected so the vet amputated the tip of his wing to save him. This means he cannot fly so cannot be released, but he seems quite happy, he was less than a year old when he was handed in- I say he but I don't know!
We recently got a small aviary for Monty and discovered the New Arc had another disabled wood pigeon. So we collect Columbine ( as it is now called) and they are living happily together. In time we hope to increase the size of the avairy but they are happy for the moment.
Sparrow is a wild baby bunny we are hand rearing here. He ( not sure what sex but call it him!) was only about 9 days old when he was taken home to a friend by her dog. The burrow have obviously been dug up and this wee scrap was soaking wet, his eyes were not even open. I have hand reared him and at this in time ( mid July 2011) his is about 4 weeks old and doing very well. We are still not out of the woods yet because weaning can be a tricky process with hand reared bunnies, but we are hopeful he will make it!