Waterbird Release

Waterbird Release

Yesterday (11th October), we released lots of our waterbirds that were all ready to return to life in the wild. They all went off very well and were greeted by many others at the reservoir! In total, we released 15 mallard ducks, 6 swans, 5 tufted ducks, 2 moorhens and a great crested grebe. All of these waterbirds came into us for various different reasons and their treatment and rehabilitation periods have all varied. The great crested grebe had the shortest of stays with us of only a couple of days. He had crash landed into a field and due...

Stolen Badger Cub

Stolen Badger Cub

We are extremely saddened by the events of Monday night (19th July). Our badger pen has been broken into and one of our badger cubs has been taken. We would like to ask if anybody had seen anyone in the area (particularly Mill Lane in Kibworth) on or around that night that was acting suspiciously or carrying any equipment, to please let us know. In particular, we know that wire cutters were used to get into the enclosure. You can message us directly through Facebook if you have any information surrounding this. Our CCTV footage is currently being checked and...

Whitethroat Release

Whitethroat Release

It’s that time of year again when we are seeing migratory birds arriving back into the UK. Last week, we admitted a whitethroat to the centre that was extremely weak and lethargic. With no other damage or illness, it is clear that this whitethroat was simply exhausted from her flight back to the UK. A night in an incubator with some juicy waxworms and she was back up to full strength in the morning, meaning that we were able to release her back into the wild again. Did you know? Male whitethroats arrive in the UK before the female and...

Springtime

Springtime

It’s now official spring here at Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital! It is starting to get very busy with lots of orphaned wildlife now coming through our doors so we would like to share with you some of the patients we have in with us at the moment! We have had a nest of 4 robins which were accidentally moved as their nest was inside of a hay bale and so wasn’t seen, our first 5 ducklings of the season (4 mallards and 1 tufted) and already have had 9 fox cubs! Sadly, we are already seeing some orphans coming in when...

World Hedgehog Day

World Hedgehog Day

It’s February 2nd, and that means it’s World Hedgehog Day! We thought we would share with you some of the microscopy techniques that we use to diagnose the conditions that the hedgehogs are suffering with. When hedgehogs come into our care, one of the first things that we do is test a fecal sample in order to find out what endoparasites the hedgehog is suffering from. Hedgehogs very often have some sort of parasite that is causing them issues, so it is important to get this tested, and treated, immediately. The image shows the eggs of ’roundworm’ (Capillaria spp.), which...

Roe Deer Release

Roe Deer Release

This beautiful female roe deer came into us from the RSPCA after being hit by a car. On arrival, she was only able to walk short distances before collapsing, and had a wound to her eye. She was kept in a small area to allow her to rest for a few days, during which time she could build her strength up before moving into a larger pen. This also allowed for the administering of medication without undue stress of capture again. Soon she was back to full health, running around the pen and it was time for release. She was...

Swan Release

Swan Release

It has been a busy couple of weeks at the Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital with a range of new admissions, but also saying farewell to some of our patients. We have recently released 6 swans that came into our care for various reasons and have been with us for differing periods of time. Some of these swans were admitted to us after crash landing into roads – a common cause of admission during the wet and foggy conditions of winter. Another of the swans came in from a water body that was contaminated with oil causing the swan to lose his...

Thank you!!

Thank you!!

We would like to say a massive thank you to all donations that we have received through our amazon wishlist, Welland valley feeds and from Butchers Pet Food. The hedgehog food is going down a treat with all of the hogs in our care, allowing them to gain some vital weight through the winter months that they will spend with us. These 2 hedgehogs came into us after they were found wondering around during the day in the middle of November. Their arrival weights were 86g and 90g, so certainly wouldnt have made it through the winter. Due to your...

Gruesome Gapeworms

Gruesome Gapeworms

An emaciated tawny owl came into our care recently after being found at the roadside looking unwell. After a check-over by our team, we found the cause to be gapeworms. Gapeworms (Syngamus trachea), are a parasitic nematode that can lead to complete obstruction of the windpipe, then leading to suffocation. Gapeworms typically live in earthworms, slugs and snails so when these are ingested by a bird, the gapeworms then use the bird as a host and begin their lifecycle. Thankfully, this owl got to us in time and with treatment over a course of 5 days, the gapeworms have completely...

Road Traffic Accident: Badger

Road Traffic Accident: Badger

On Friday 16th October, the RSPCA brought to us a badger that had been involved in a road traffic accident. The badger was in a critical state, very weak and was unable to stand. We treated her with round-the-clock care, fluids and pain relief Rather miraculously, after a couple of days she began to lift her head. Slowly from this stage onwards, she started to use her feet and although at first she would only be up for a couple of seconds before collapsing back down again, she eventually regained full strength. She began eating again, transitioning from liquid food...