Poor hedgehogs just keep coming!

Underweight hedgehogs like this one are still being brought in.
Underweight hedgehogs like this one are still being brought in.

It seems amazing but we are STILL having hedgehogs brought in. They are underweight and wandering during the day, which is a sure sign something is wrong.

The last one in weighs 600 grams but is very long and thin and by the look of her teats has had young this year.

She is still losing weight so I think she will be put on a course of ‘first aid ‘ treatment. This involves giving injections for a steroid to boost appetite, a wormer in case the hog is carrying these, and a dose of antibiotic in case there is an infection anywhere. This treatment is normally successful in getting the hog back to health. All our other hedgehogs are progressing well.

I must thank everyone who has sponsored one of our hogs, and I hope they enjoy reading the history of their own individual hog. This has certainly helped

very much cover the cost of their keep over the winter. We still have a few hogs that have not yet been sponsored, please ring us on 01289302882 for details. Quite a few have been sponsored as Christmas presents.

We hope to release the swan and cygnet that have been staying with us. The swan suffered injuries when it got its beak tangled in fine fishing line. The cuts have healed nicely and the bird is ready to go back to Wooler. We will release the cygnet with her as they have bonded very nicely. The cygnet was injured when he went into the wrong lake at Haggerston and was attacked by another pair of swans. He has fully recovered now so it will be good for him to go with a friend.

More releases this week will be two pigeons brought in as ‘squeakers’ but grown enough now to cope on their own.

We also have a Short Eared Owl that came in very underweight that is looking very well and is up to a healthy weight now so he will be returning to his wild home. We must thank Alan Kerr who comes and rings all our birds before they are released.

We are having our Volunteers Lunch this week when we shall be drawing the Christmas Raffle winners. These will be announced next week in the jottings and on our face-book site. It is good for as many volunteers as are able to meet up and have a good time. We thank them all for turning out whatever the weather to clean and feed all the wildlife in our care. It can be a cold, dirty job especially at this time of year.

Our ‘patients’ need care every day, even over the festive period, so on Christmas day some of our dedicated team will be at the centre working. We could not carry on without their help. We still have a few calendars and cards available from The David Rollo Centre any morning (except Saturdays) from 9.30am-12.30pm.