Bilbo Baggins had to pay a visit to the Vets today. She had one of her rear legs amputated by the emergency vets recently, due to having had it trapped somehow and in getting herself free had ripped part of the leg off.
The resulting wound was infected, despite a course of antibiotics, which has caused problems with the healing of the amputation wound.
Upton vets took her in today to clean up the wound and re-stitch it for us. The wound was flushed, debrided and lasered, then stitched up. Hopefully it will heal properly now, and Bilbo can get on with rehabilitation.
Thank you to Upton & Wareham Vets for taking care of Bilbo for us
This poor old fella came to us Friday afternoon, he was found wandering around in circles.
Upon examination, we found that both his eyes are missing, with small wounds around the area, which suggests that birds have pecked his eyes out .
He does have a respiratory infection, which could explain why he would have been out in daytime and was able to be attacked.
Hogs like this cause us ethical and moral issues – do we keep him alive to live in permanent captivity, all be it in an enclosed garden, or do we have him put to sleep.
We’ll have to sleep on this one, poor bugger.
Sad news – we had this adult male hog brought in by Sally, one of Wildlife in Need’s volunteer drivers, this evening. He had been found laying under a car late this afternoon.
He had a very deep bite wound just in front of his right ear, and one under his jaw. He was bleeding from his nostrils and was actually groaning in pain when touched.
Little Sweet pea, who came to us only about 3 weeks old, is growing nicely and eats just about any food presented to her.
She was moved out of an incubator onto a heated mat, but is now in an ordinary crate, and doing really well.
Once she has gained another 100g or so, she will be ready for release.
Daisy is still struggling with her bad leg, which is badly bruised and swollen, she is still unable to weight bear on this leg – we think that she may end up losing the leg.
Other than that, the wound on her face has healed, but we’re not sure if the eye is OK or not still. She is eating and drinking well, and seems fine in all other respects.
We were called out to a hog in need of help by a dog walker on Wednesday, but despite a thorough search, were unable to find him.
The next lunchtime, some good news – the hog that we were looking for had been found and brought in to us.
He was wandering around erratically and going in circles. He didn’t seem to see Dawn, the finder, or even roll up when she him picked up.
He was dehydrated, and had what look like bite marks on the left side of his face and nose, and a bald patch with 2 puncture wounds under his neck.
He had had subcut fluids, and was placed into a quiet box with food.
In the last two weeks we have had several phone calls to report very sick/injured hedgehogs – which the finders did not pick up and make safe. This meant the injured hedgehogs somehow manage to crawl away and were not found. They would then have to spend often days on end just slowly suffering and dying! If they had been picked up, we could very likely have saved their life, or at least put a humane end to their suffering.