SELBY WILDLIFE REHABILITATION
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Selby Wildlife Rehabilitation care for orphaned, sick and injured animals in Selby, Goole and York plus the surrounding rural villages. Increasingly, we are also helping animals from further afield, such as Hornsea, Hull, Barnsley, Wakefield and Leeds.
We are a small, home based Rescue, and are able to give each and every patient the dedicated and often specialised care which they deserve.
We take a sensible and realistic approach to our work, ensuring that any creature which is brought to us is returned to the wild in the shortest possible time.
To carry out this vital work we rely on donations from the general public and for that reason we ask you to support us.
Over Christmas and the New Year period, the wildlife rescue admitted a number of large birds of prey. Some of which we had no experience of handling, including a captive Gyr/Saker falcon which had escaped from its owner.
In order to gain more experience of handling and caring for these birds, Annette has embarked on the LANTRA Falconry course and is seen here handling her first Harris Hawk, Whisky.
Poorly Pete was found collapsed and covered in mud beneath a bird table where he was scavenging for food. Small, underweight and very weak, he was brought into rescue where it was thought he would not last the night.
Pete was put into the intensive care unit, given fluids and medication and was alive the following morning.
Suffering from pneumonia and carrying a huge worm burden, the odds are stacked against Pete.
Also he is unable to stand and keeps falling over on his right hand side. He has been seen by a vet and given a steroid injection plus another type of antibiotic.
Poorly Pete is being hand fed with a syringe and is still in intensive care. We are hoping he will improve over the next few days.
FEBRUARY 2014 !!!
Well, the second egg has now hatched so we have two tiny babies. They are being crop fed with a syringe and fed again once their crop empties. The babies are very tiny and fragile, so it’s too early to say how things will go, but hopefully they will make it.
January 30th 2014
This is a very sad tale.
A family in York had been watching a little collared dove nesting in their garden. She chose a leafless tree in which to build her frugal nest. This made her very easy to see, especially by sharp eyed predators. The dove laid two eggs and whilst sitting on her eggs along came a sparrowhawk and killed her.
The family went to the nest and took the two eggs which they very carefully kept warm on the Aga. One of the eggs hatched and out popped a chick which was alive.
Later that evening the family brought the chick and the remaining unhatched egg to us.
We are not sure what is going to happen now. Whether the egg will hatch and indeed whether we are able to save the babies. The little chick weighs only 8g and is very tricky to crop feed as she is so tiny. However, as always, we will do our best.
PHOENIX THE SHORT EARED OWL
Update – Sadly, despite our best efforts, Phoenix has died. She had a mouth infection, head trauma and possibly a broken tail vertebrae. We knew the prognosis was bleak but felt this beautiful owl deserved a second chance. Sadly it was not to be
PHOENIX THE SHORT EARED OWL
UPDATE – Tuesday 21st January 2014
Phoenix was seen by a vet today. She was in too much shock to travel any earlier, but now she has
Sadly the Vet’s prognosis is bleak. Phoenix has head trauma, leg trauma, mouth infection and a possible
break in her vertebrae. She is on anti-biotics and pain relief. She is being hand fed with tiny pieces of chopped mice, and is eating well.
The vet will make a decision on Friday whether to continue with her rehabilitation. She may also need an x-ray to see what the damage is to her vertebrae.
Whether we can get her fit enough to be released back into the wild is the $64 million question, but we will do all we can, with the bird’s welfare our main priority.
On Saturday 18th January 2014, we received a call out from North Yorkshire Police in attendance at the Sherburn Tyre Fire. A farmer living close to the Tyre Site had found an injured owl which had apparently flown into a wire. Whether the thick, acrid smoke rising from the burning tyres played a part in the owl hitting the wires cannot be ruled out.
The short eared owl is in deep shock and has been placed in our Intensive Care Unit. We will, as always do right by her.
GABRIELLE, the tawny owl who became a victim of the ferocious gales on Christmas Eve has now been successfully released. When she first arrived she was in a bad way and was placed in the Intensive Care unit and syringe fed. Her wounds were cleaned and she was given pain relief.
After a few days she was hand fed small pieces of mice as well as being given her medication.
Eventually she was placed in an outside aviary to test her flying capabilities. She was by this time eating two whole mice, unaided.
It soon became evident that Gabrielle was ready to return to the wild. Her talons were tested to ensure she could grip her prey. Her wounds had healed remarkably well and it was now time to say goodbye to Gabrielle.
The family who had found her came to collect her and released her where she was found. She flew straight up to the branches of her familiar tree.
CHRISTMAS 2013 – and its business as usual.
This should be a quiet time for wildlife rescue. In fact, it has been quite the opposite. The wildlife rescue has been like a revolving door, As one creature is released, another creature arrives.
The sparrow hawk was successfully released a few days before Christmas. However, whilst on the way to the release site, a call was received from the Police to say that a large falcon had been found at West Cowick.
Welcome Luna, the Gyr/Saker falcon.
On Christmas Day, welcome Mince Pie, a little female hedgehog, weighing just 300g and not much bigger than her namesake, the Mince Pie. Hedgehogs should be hibernating and to do this they should be around 650g in weight. Mince Pie is half the required weight and would not survive hibernation. She will remain with us until Spring time.
On Christmas Eve in came a beautiful tawny owl, Gabrielle, who, during the severe gales had been blown on to
barbed wire. Her leg was a dreadful mess, ripped to shreds and it was feared she would not last the night.
Gabrielle was placed in the intensive care unit. After stabilising her, she was given a critical care solution and left to recover for a few hours. The following day Gabrielle was still alive and her medication continued and she was fed small pieces of mouse. Gabrielle is still not out of the woods and once our vets re-open she will be given a check over to ensure that she is viable to fly, hunt and basically survive in what is an incredibly hostile world.
WEDNESDAY, 18th December, 2013
Today we received a call from the Dam Vets in Selby who said a kestrel had been handed in after being found clinging to a dog’s back. Apparently, the bird was very quiet at first, but was now quite aggressive and battering itself against the bars of its cage.
When the kestrel arrived, it had yellow piercing eyes and a barred chest. Ah ah, not a kestrel at all, but a sparrowhawk. A different kettle of fish altogether.
The sparrowhawk was highly stressed and pretended to be dead, laying down in his cage and not moving. In the peacefulness of the cabin, he settled down and began to perch, watching the doves fly to and fro outside. How he must have longed to be out there !!
SUNDAY November 24th 2013. A mallard duck has hatched 7 ducklings in the Centre of York. Despite it being almost being December and with sub zero temperatures, these little ducklings have been spotted walking the streets of York with their mum. Three have already perished and the remaining four have been brought into rescue today. They are safe and warm under a heat lamp and will be released next year.
This juvenile gannet was brought into rescue on 15th October following very strong easterly winds. She was found in Great Heck, just outside Selby, but it is thought she has been blown 70 miles inland from RSPB Bempton near Bridlington on the East Coast of Yorkshire. She is weak and starving, but it is hopeful she will make it and be returned to Bempton Cliffs.
Caroline the Hedgehog visits the Emmerdale Village
On Saturday 12th October we visited the Emmerdale village with two of our hedgehogs, Emily and Caroline. A forthcoming storyline (screened 27 November) includes a little hedgehog being taken to the vets by a small girl. Caroline, a hand reared hedgehog was chosen due to her nice nature and inquisitiveness. It was a really interesting day and hopefully we have raised awareness in hedgehog issues.
Annette releases the two Little Owls in 50 acres of ancient woodland
The story of Rocky the little owl, allegedely strung up in a tree by a gang of young boys, has touched the hearts of many. Calls have been received from as far away as the USA. A Dr. in London has pledged another £200 to take the reward money up to a whopping £1,000.
Since this horrific incident, Rocky's fortunes have changed dramatically. Not only is he now able to fly, he has also found a mate. Another little owl arrived from a Vets in Howden, East Yorkshire. Billie is younger than Rocky, but they seem to be doing okay together.
If that wasn't enough, Rocky and Billie have been offered a home in a private 500 acre ancient woodland.
Thank you to everyone who has helped with Rocky's recovery, for the good wishes and messages of support. It is much appreciated.
Thank you also to the Media, the Press in York and the Yorkshire Evening Post who have supported us and run this story and brought it to the attention of their loyal readers. We are eternally grateful for all support.
MORE ORPHANS arriving this week including 4 newly hatched chicks rescued by the Selby Fire Brigade who were tackling a loft fire. Blind, featherless and totally helpless, these babies are now doing fine.
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NOAH THE HEDGEHOG received a Bronze Award in the Bravest Animal category at BBC Radio York's Flood Hero Awards on Tuesday 26th March. Noah was rescued from the flooding in November and was fished out of the water, freezing cold and in shock. Noah was suffering from pneumonia and it was touch and go whether he would make it through the night. However, 5 months later, Noah is still with us and eager to be released. Noah will be going to his new home once the weather warms up.
Due to the large number of baby hedgehogs we are currently treating, some of which are very poorly with pneumonia, we are incurring huge Vet's fees.
Can you help us to help wildlife with a donation?
doesn't matter how small, it will be greatly appreciated. Thank you
CHEQUES SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE TO
(Selby Wildlife bank with Barclays in Selby)
PLEASE POST TO
"Low Mill", York Road, Barlby, North Yorks. YO8 5JP
OR CAN YOU HELP WITH ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
WE ALWAYS NEED UNWANTED BIRTHDAY/CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR TOMBOLA PRIZES
WE URGENTLY NEED COAL TO LAST US THROUGH THE WINTER AS OUR WILDLIFE CABIN IS HEATED WITH A MULTI FUEL STOVE.
Washing up Liquid
Wash Powder Detergent
Dettol or Jayes Fluid
Cat Food (meat varieties)
Wild Bird Seed
Small bags of hay and straw (we do not have storage space for large bales)
We also need medical things like syringes and needles which are used for our poorly animals.