It’s all been about releasing animals this week. It’s so good to know that six fox cubs will be going back to the wild shortly. They will be given a soft release.
Initially they are placed in a large pen in a safe rural location where they are fed. After a few weeks the cage door is left open, but food and bedding will still be provided if they choose to return. Gradually the cubs become independent and move on.
Most of our cubs came in as orphans, some have severe cases of mange, others have injuries, mainly due to road traffic accidents or dog attacks.
How wonderful it is to know that soon they shall be free.
Foxes in captivity seem to be all eyes, all intelligent, wary, scared eyes! Eyes that never leave your face.
This hedgehog is blind and runs around in the daylight, funnily enough, all the blind ones do. She is off to a walled garden soon, where a lovely couple will subsidize her by providing food and shelter.
I’ve been busy too, releasing pigeons and wood pigeons, not that they wanted to go. It took ages for this lot to come out, in the end I had to walk behind their crates to get them moving, which sent them off like bullets, in one large group. All flew beautifully, which is always a relief.
I also released a herring gull. I was a little concerned about it as it had damaged it’s wing and didn’t seem to be a good flyer. It was marvelous seeing it flying off so effortlessly.
It was fun and games releasing a couple of ducks too. Initially they swam off sedately, only to then be attacked by the twelve thugs I released a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately the newer-newbies turned out to be pretty thugish themselves and fought back. After a few skirmishes, order was restored and peace reigned on the canal once again.
Hubs and I had a couple of beers to celebrate while I enjoyed watching the fourteen-strong group having a ball, as only ducks can!
I also had the pleasure of doing a few hedgehog/wildlife awareness talks in various schools and to my surprise wasn’t asked any awkward/unanswerable questions. Plain sailing for once, just happy, interested kids!
Mother in law is knitting hedgehogs for the rescue open day……aren’t they just adorable!!!