Challenging Day of Rescues

East Sussex WRAS has had a challenging and busy day today (1st October 2021).

Rescuer Brian was called to Ardingly for a poorly hedgehog found out during the day, an injured gull in Hammond Drive Eastbourne, an injured pigeon in Hyde Tynings Close Eastbourne, a Jackdaw in Fletching, and a pigeon in Burwash. Rescuer Tony has attended a rescue of a Jackdaw in Broderick Road Eastbourne and a catted wren in Cherry Garden Road Eastbourne and then attended two calls to pigeons in Brighton. Rescuer Julie attended an injured collard dove in Eastbourne.

In addition to this rescuer Ellie also attended a difficult fox rescue. The fox was trapped between two buildings in Rookery Way Denton near Newhaven. There was no easy access from the end of the gap so Ellie had to try and reach from above. Luckily the depth of the gap was only around 3ft. Guttering had to be removed to give enough space to reach the fox. Ellie had to use a dog grasper and blanket to help lift the fox up and out of the gap and into a waiting catch. The fox has been taken to WRAS's Casualty Centre at Whitesmith where it is now being checked over by WRAS's Care Team.

This afternoon rescuers rushed to Crockstead near Uckfield after a fallow deer became entangled in electric rope. The finders cut the deer free but it quickly became entangled again. A team from WRAS arrived on site quickly and joined the finders who were trying to pin the deer down. The deer was quite large and required three people to keep control whilst they ensured all the rope was removed before carefully releasing the deer to run off back into the wild. If you find a deer with its antlers entangled in rope it is not advisable to cut the rope letting the deer run off trailing the rope. This often leads to them becoming entangled again and often in locations where they are not spotted. It is best to keep your distance, ideally out of sight of the deer, as well as keep noise and dogs away and then call a rescue service for help. It is thought that hundreds of deer die every year as a result of not being found in time.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) is an award winning community charity which last year dealt with over 5000 casualties.

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