The rescue remains unnaturally quiet as hardly any wildlife has been brought in over the last month, which is most odd. Having said that, the wildlife unit is still full so it’s a good thing.
This little hog may be coming to live with me in the spring. It has some sort of special needs, as it doesn’t curl up and is always active in the daytime, so although it is healthy and thriving, it would have no means of defending itself in the wild. The hunt is on to find a large rabbit hutch for it. At this rate I’ll end up with my own hedgehog rescue!!!
Recently, we spotted a dove that we released at the rescue last year, with a broken foot. We’ve been trying to catch it for three weeks now, but it’s giving us a right old runaround. It seems to be surviving and is certainly a master at dodging our nets. Fingers crossed we catch it!
This ferret, that has left many a scar to grace my fingers, is finally being adopted, so I decided to get a nice picture to remember her by. As I was taking the pic, she leapt up and grabbed the camera strap that was dangling through the bars of her cage! We had a right old standoff for ages as she simply wouldn’t let go!
In the end I had to poke a pen through the bars to distract her, she immediately dropped the strap and went after the pen, thinking, wow…fresh blood! Ferrets eh!
I’m really going to miss that little ferret. She’s been such fun to watch. She’s clever, dexterous, alert and playful. I’ve had many a laugh watching her playing with her ball under her blankets and popping her head out to keep an eye on what I’m up too.
In a few weeks we have to move all the animals out of the unit and into the house, to do some much needed repairs. There are also hundreds of mouse and rat holes that need blocking up. It’ll be organised chaos I imagine, especially when it comes to ousting angry rodents, a job that is always reserved for me!
Lots of rabbits have been adopted lately, which is great news as we have plenty more on the waiting list to be admitted. If somebody already has a rabbit we “mix” them at the rescue to make sure they get along, as rabbits can do serious harm to each other if they clash. These two are in the process of being mixed….and it’s going great!
This cockerel was dumped in a box outside the rescue. He seems fit and well but we already have too many cockerels battling over the hens so it’s a real problem finding a place to put him…..
Talking of rescuing things, I have a real soft spot for neglected, dried out plants being sold in the shops and often end up buying them. I rescued these bonsai trees at Christmas, and these shriveled up hyacinths. The poor bonsai trees didn’t have a single leaf on them but they’re all are looking nice and sprightly now!
And finally….Duggy, the stocks skeleton is so fed up with the cold weather he’s decided to start celebrating Burns night early!!! Oh aye, and a few drafts of brandy are working wonders defrosting his old collywobbles!