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...

Help us Care for our Hedgehogs!

Help us Care for our Hedgehogs!

It is getting to that time of year again when we are starting to get a lot busier with hedgehogs that are too small to survive hibernation. During these winter months we go through hundreds of tins of meaty loaf dog/cat food, specialist milk formula for the late hoglets that are born and critical care for the very poorly hedgehogs. A hog will munch on average half a can of tinned loaf food a day . That equates to 3.5 cans a week, or 14 cans a month and a wopping 112 cans over winter. Now multiply that by 300...

Heron Release

Heron Release

On the 2nd October a heron was admitted into our care by Vets4Pets in Corby. A member of the public had found the heron by the roadside with wire tightly bound around its’ beak disabling it from being able to eat. V4P removed the wire and then brought the heron into us as he was very emaciated and needed some time to build his strength back up. On arrival, the heron was very weak and unable to pick up food by himself. We therefore had to force feed him for the first few days until he started to do it...

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Hi all. Due to coronavirus, the way we are taking in new wildlife admissions has changed. Below are the steps we are asking you to take in order to keep everybody safe. Please contact the animal care team on 07951285366 in order to get advice about a wild animal and/or to book a time slot to bring it in to the centre. If you are unable to get through to us please text us and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note, we are only open 9-4 so if the text is left after this...

Invasive Species

Invasive Species

Unfortunately due to the Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order 2019 – regarding non-native animals; it is now an offence for us as a centre to treat and care for these animals. In particular for us, this means we will no longer take in grey squirrels, muntjac deer and Canada geese. If one is admitted to the centre, by law we will have to euthanise the animal. Licences – Previously, we were granted a licence to rehabilitate and release a specific number of each invasive species. This permission was revoked end of November 2019 and now the license (which has been...

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