Wild Animals: Mammals

12 July 2009 – Baby Field Mouse

We take in all kinds of animals, from unwanted hamsters to blind bulls. It is the same for wildlife, we hand rear fox cubs, birds, squirrels, hedgehogs and even in this case a baby field mouse, smaller than my thumb!

Unfortunately a cat caught two babies and both parents, killing the mother. They were brought to us by the cats owner, we released the father back in to the wild and are now hand rearing the only surviving baby. The other baby died shortly after arrival, it was very cold and had puncture wounds from the cats teeth. Cats mouths are full of bacteria and often cause infections.

Hand rearing creatures of this size poses many challenges, particulary at feeding time. This mouse is being fed from our smallest syringe (1ml) and teat.

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30 April 2009 – Baby Squirrel

This little chap was found on someones lawn possibly after falling out of his nest. We are now hand rearing him and he’s putting on weight and growing fast. He did spend much of his day sleeping or feeding, but now starting to get active.

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7 April 2009 – Fox Cub

Spring time is very busy for us with many baby animals and birds coming in.  It is very time consuming and hard work not to mention sometimes heartbreaking to hand rear small animals.

This young man was rescued by Broxtowe Dog Warden, a member of the public called thinking he was a puppy.

We hand reared him on a puppy milk substitute and a small amount of puppy food, we have reared him without getting him too imprinted, as our aim is to always release wild animals back into the wild where they belong.

This photo was taken on 7 April when he first came to us.

This is the little mite as of 18 April, as you can now see he is looking more and more like a fox, and gosh his sharp teeth remind us that he is no pet, he is a wild animal.

We have now moved him onto a dedicated fox rescue charity in Oxford, who had another orphan cub in of the same age. This little guy is less likely to become imprinted if being hand reared with others.  He will undergo a soft release in the Autumn.

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1 September 2008 – Wild Baby Rabbit

This baby wild rabbit came to us around three weeks old. She had received injuries to a rear leg was brought to us from a farm in Mansfield. Following a trip to our vets for an X- ray, antibiotics and pain killers and hand rearing her on a replacement milk formula , she made a full  recovery and was released back into the wild.

Today a baby wild rabbit around three weeks old, who had received injuries to a rear leg was brought to us from a farm in Mansfield. Following a trip to our vets for an X- ray, antibiotics and pain killers, she is making a great recovery. We are hand rearing her on a replacement milk formula and she is also nibbling on hay. Although she cannot use her leg properly yet, we believe that it is not broken, only time will tell if she can regain its use. Watch this space for further updates.

Wild baby rabbit when she came first to us

Now and adult, this was taken just prior to her releasebrownie

4 November 2008 – Wild Baby Mice

When we cleared out one of our stables to make way for 150 ex-battery hens,  we moved some bales of straw and disturbed a family of wild mice. Unfortunately the mother ran off and we could not find her. We had no choice, her babies were too young to defend for themselves so we hand reared them, four of the five have survived

These are now on solids and are being acclimatised ready for release back into the wild.

Banksy

We were called out by a member of the public who had found Banky in her garden. He was very young, he should have been with his mother.
Banksy has a severe head tilt. We had to bottle feed him which, being nocturnal animals is very tiring getting up every two hours.

We believe that Banksy had brain damage or neurological problems from birth and was probably rejected by his mother.

Once he was fit and well, he went to a fox sanctuary in Northampton He continued to recover and now lives semi-wild with a blind vixen.