The winter is supposed to be the quietest time of year for WRAS, but yesterday volunteer rescuers were rushed off their feet with calls to over 21 casualties. Normally the January call-out rate is averages about 5 a day. "This has been an amazingly busy day" said Trevor Weeks " it reminds me of the Boomtown Rats’ song "I Don’t like Mondays"! I hope that the rest of the week does not stay as busy."
The first call was for a road casualty rabbit during rush hour on the A27 attended by WRAS rescuer Tony from Polegate. Unfortunately the rabbit had a broken back and was put to sleep by a vet.
There were 6 fox call-outs including a injured but still mobile fox near Arlington Stadium in some bushes which managed to out run rescuers. A fox lying in a garden in Eastbourne which was found to be dead. A fox running around near Eastbourne Station mid morning. An injured fox lying in a field at Isfield, two different injured foxes in gardens in Brighton.
There were three calls about oiled birds on the beach at Seaford and Newhaven. These were attended but none were found. Two of them had been chased back into the water by dogs.
A road casualty blackbird was rescued from a garden in Isfield. A cat attack dove in Polegate and a cat attack starling at Westham were also dealt with.
WRAS was also asked to pick up and deal with a pigeon and a hedgehog from Chase Vets in Eastbourne and two doves plus a pigeon which were handed in at Horsebridge Vets too.
WRAS also received calls about two swans in a field off the A26 near Beddingham plus calls about swans at Westham and a dead badger too. There was also a injured hedgehog at Sayers Common which was passed to a more local organisation to attend.
A number of the casualties were picked up and taken back to WRAS’s casualty Care Unit. The injured fox which WRAS’s rescue co-ordinator Trevor Weeks attended at Isfield was doing well this morning after being found in a disorientated state. The fox is thought to possibly be a road casualty and was placed on a drip over night with other medication, as well as given an x-ray to check for fractures and possible internal injuries.
WRAS rescues drove over 300 miles yesterday dealing with casualties and put in over 36 hours volunteering too.
"On average it costs over £65 to be on-call for and respond to a call-out, taking out a standing order to donate just £3 a month would really make a difference to us and make us more secure and help ensure we can respond, so please help if you can" said Trevor.
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Press Contact: Trevor Weeks, East Sussex WRAS, 07931 523958 (private)