An ambulance service has been inundated with calls to road casualties across East Sussex in the past month and very few of the patients have survived the horrendous injuries and wounds they have suffered. These are not human casualties however, but wildlife casualties.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) has found a Otter dead on the A22 just north of Polegate in East Sussex. This unusual find is a first for WRAS founder Trevor Weeks. "In the 25 years I've been rescuing wildlife I've never seen or even found a live or dead otter before."
Wildlife across East Sussex are being slaughtered along roads in the county according to rescuers at East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS). Over the past 3 weeks WRAS has received calls about over 25 badgers and 17 foxes. Rescuers have also spotted another 10 dead badgers and 15 foxes whilst out and about. So at least 35 dead badgers and 32 dead foxes have been run over in the past 3 weeks.
A road casualty badger has surivived 2-3 days and found its way to East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service’s Casualty Care Unit at Horsebridge. At 3am this morning volunteer Tim Mckenzie was passing through and called at the unit only to discover an injured badger crawling behind the building.
Swans in East Sussex had a rough ride over the weekend with Wildlife Rescuers needing to rescue one swan which had been shot in the head, a dog attacked swan, a road casualty swan and one which kids were attempting to kick.
The four incidents have infuriated the volunteer rescuers which have had to pick up the pieces.
Volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) have had an extremely busy start to 2008 and over the weekend over 70 phone calls were received reporting casualties.
"Normally at this time of year our average is more like 5-10 calls a day, this is over 3 times that number." said Trevor Weeks founder of East Sussex WRAS.
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."
Volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) are becoming very tired and already starting to struggle as night time call outs start to increase.
At this time of year the organisation always starts to get more nighttime calls, but daytime calls are on the decrease. "This can be a big problem as over all the number of calls decreases but the hours worked increases" said Trevor Week, Rescue Co-ordinator for WRAS.