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Volunteers and staff at East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) have seen a 24% increase in the number of wildlife casualties being admitted into their Casualty Centre in 2016. This festive season they have also been kept busy [See List below] and seen their Casualty Centre at Whitesmith East Sussex looking after more than 150 casualties.

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East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service, were called to a fox caught in a football net on a school playing field in Eastbourne this morning.

The concerned staff, at Willingdon Primary School, spotted the distressed fox entangled in the net. They moved children away and awaited rescuers to arrive. WRAS rescuer Iain Turner and Casualty Manager Chris Riddington arrived on site and quickly assessed the situation.

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Over the past couple of year East Sussex WRAS has sent quite a few swans up to the Swan Sanctuary at Shepperton for specialist veterinary help and care, like those from Ditchling Common, the dykes behind Lewes Rugby Club and from Hampden Park's lake. To help re-address the balance the Swan Sanctuary and WRAS decided to bring 11 cygnets back to Sussex for release. Today (2nd Nov 2016) a WRAS ambulance collected 11 cygnets from the Swan Sanctuary and delivered them to Princes Park in Eastbourne where they were released into the non-territorial flock of swan. Once old enough they will find themselves partners and fly off to establish their own territories in the surrounding countryside.

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This young male fallow deer came into care at 1am this morning. On-call Coordinator Chris Riddington received the call just after midnight to reports of an injured deer which had been cut free from fencing in Hellingly. The finders had managed to secure the deer in their vehicle until Chris arrived. Once on site the deer was assessed and transferred to one of WRAS's stretchers and secured in the ambulance.

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Here is a summary of what has happened to the Hampden Park Decoy Pond cygnets this year for those who have been following them:

We attended the lake on Tuesday and as we have been doing over the last few months randomly caught one of the cygnets and this is the first time was have been concerned about its weight. We released it again as it did not feel too bad but enough for us to be concerned and start checking more frequently.

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