Author Archives: East Sussex WRAS

There have been quite a few reports in the media recently about the number of hedgehogs coming into care being up on previous years. Numbers here at WRAS have certainly been up, and we are working very hard to cope with the numbers.

Please please please, if you find a hedgehog which is too small to hibernate, DO NOT just pick it up and place into a hutch and start feeding it. Frequently the small hedgehogs are too small to hiberbate due to internal parasite issues, as it is not just because they have been born late in the year that they are in trouble. A hedgehog with internal parasite problems will need testing as they show virtually no outward signs of having them. So please contact a rescue centre so they can check it over and treat it if necessary. » Read more

This very unusual Leucistic Hedgehog has come into care from Cooksbridge today via Hamsey Hedgehogs. Very light in colour, but not Albino, this is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal—which causes white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes. Too small to hibernate the hedgehog will be put through the usual health checks and treatment before being fed up and then allowed to hibernate along with the other 98 hedgehogs already in care! » Read more

East Sussex WRAS rescuers were called out this morning to this collapsed fox in Steyne Road Seaford. Initially thought to be trapped under a fence, the fox was actually collapsed around the base of a compost bin.

Rescuers quickly had the fox caught and secured. But the fox's breathing was very shallow. The fox was hypothermic and in shock. In order to stimulate better breathing the whiskers were pinched to create a pain response to stimulate an adrenaline rush which saw a sudden increase and improvement in breathing. The fox was extremely cold so wrapped in a padded foil blanket to increase warmth.
Back at WRAS's casualty centre the fox was given additional heat and medication and is now being assessed by WRAS's veterinary staff. » Read more

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) would like to praise the security staff at Sovereign Harbour who managed to save a fox from drowning in the middle of the night.

Harbour staff noticed the fox in the water around midnight and were able to grab the fox and get it out of the water and into their offices where they then started warming the fox up. » Read more

Pells Pond Rescue & Release footage - 29th Oct and 5th November.

A major rescue operation took place at the Pells Pond Lewes on 29th October to try and catch a duck with a fishing hook attached to its beak and chest. Several attempts to catch the duck failed as the duck could just about fly. Luckily the RSPCA had also received a call about the duck and a joint operation between the two charities finally succeeded. WRAS founder Trevor Weeks, up to his chest in smelly water was able to net the duck at the far end of the pond. The duck was taken back to WRAS's Casualty Care Centre at Whitesmith where vet Chris Hall from Henley House Vets in Uckfield was able to remove the hook safety from the chest. After a week of antibiotics the duck was returned and released back home at Lewes. » Read more

The four oiled swans which were rescued a month ago in the Crumbles and Horsey Sewers at Eastbourne, have been returned home today.

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) returned a pair to the Crumbles Sewer behind Manton Court and Leeds Avenue, but the pair from the Horsey Sewer have been returned to Princes Park. » Read more

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) and the RSPCA were jointly involved in a rescue mission to catch a male mallard duck at the Pells Pond in Lewes on Tuesday 29th October 2019.   Members of the public made numerous calls to WRAS and the RSPCA and initial attempts failed to catch the duck as it was so mobile.  Rescuers from East Sussex WRAS decided to get a larger team of rescuers to try and catch the duck which had a fishing hook embedded in its upper beak and also attached to its chest, meaning it was not able to eat properly, nor fly properly. » Read more