A wildlife rescue charity is asking members of the public not to cut free wildlife, like deer, caught in fencing, netting or snares, but to report it to a rescue organistion instead. The call comes after volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called to catch an adult stag freed from fencing near Hadlow Down today.
A baby fallow deer caught in stock fencing would have died a slow death if it wasn't for volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS).
On Sunday 18th October WRAS rescuers were called to a footpath just off the A275 south of Dane Hill in East Sussex. Rescuers from Uckfield attended on site taking large stretchers and rescue equipment not believing the deer would be a baby at this time of year. The baby fallow deer was caught in stock fencing in the middle of a hedge and rescuers were surprised to find a 2 week old baby fallow deer suffering from hypothermia. Fallow deer are normally born up until the end of July, it is believed that some are born later but do not normally survive the winter not putting on enough weight.
At 8.45am today (Thursday 21st May 2009) International Animal Rescue, based at Uckfield received a call about a male fallow deer caught in stock fencing near Maresfield. Alan Knight OBE instantly called on support from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) to help. Trevor Weeks, Kathy Martyn and Alan Knight were on site within the hour and found the deer had managed to get free by dislocating its rear left hock joint (ankle).
Deer casualty numbers double
Deer and other wildlife are dying unnecessarily from being caught in wire fencing and discarded netting. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service has dealt with 18 cases of deer caught in stock fencing or netting this year, over double that of 2007 (7 cases).
An Uckfield Veterinary Practice has helped save the life of a young female fallow deer rescued by volunteers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS).
Trevor Weeks, Rescue Co-ordinator of WRAS helped by new volunteer Kathy Martyn, caught the deer at near Blackboys and transported it to Henley House Vets where veterinary surgeon Chris Hall was able to place the deer on life saving fluids and give pain relief. Due to the specialist nature of the injury the deer was rushed straight to a specialist Deer Hospital at St Tiggywinkles in Buckinghamshire where the deer in now being treated.
East Sussex WRAS had yet another baby deer come in today via Raystede Animal Welfare Centre at Ringmer. The baby fallow deer was found with its rear leg caught in stock fencing at Newick and was delivered by members of the public to Raystede. Staff at Raystede contacted East Sussex WRAS for help.
A fox rescued from a garden in Eastbourne will be featured on BBC1’s Animals 24:7 Television Programme on Friday 12th October 2007.
Trevor Weeks founder of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue is featured being called out to rescue a cub which was caught in chain link fencing, seeking treatment for the cub and eventually releasing the fox cub back to where it came from.