animal rescue update

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Have you ever seen so many tawny owls in one place?

Our young tawny owls are now growing into their adult plumage and it will only be a matter of days now until they are released back into the wild. It’s amazing how different they look when all lined up like this!

Puppy update #8: LUCA AND CALU ARE OFFICIALLY ADOPTED!!

It all began with this post: [X] (careful scrolling because it contains graphic images of the puppies’ injuries)
Udates: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7

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So this Friday, while I was on my second day of Comic Con PT as a seller in Artists’ Alley, I got a call from the animal association that’s been helping me trying to find a family for Luca and Calu and they gave me the most wonderful news:

The puppies were adopted by their temporary foster family!!

I honestly couldn’t even reply because I got all chocked up and started to sob my heart out, but I honestly was so happy that the puppies finally had a place they could call home I couldn’t deal with my emotions. I’m still a bit emotional because these puppies experienced first hand just how awful humans can be and for them to finally be treated, healthy and safe is a huge joy (and a relief) for me.

Their foster family (now adoptive) loved them so much that they decided to keep them as members of their own family. What’s more, the babies will never be alone and apart from each other. This was a fear of mine all along too, in case people decided to adopt just one of them and separate them. Thankfully it wasn’t the case!

That said, any donations I receive will be promptly transferred to the animal association that helped me find these puppies a family. Their specialty is to care for mothers and babies who were left abandoned (although they do not refuse to care for other animals) and they’re always in need for donations. If you’re interested to know more about them, please send me a non-anon ask and I’ll be more than glad to link you to their facebook.

I know I’ve thanked everyone a million times, but I’m so thankful for all the help provided and your generous donations to help ensure these puppies would be taken care of. Any amount of donations given were so helpful and vital for the babies… I’m eternally thankful to everyone who contributed and last Friday we saw the results of our efforts!

The babies finally have a home!!

This is a happy ending for them, but I’ll keep supporting the association that helped me because our job never ends (if you want to help just let me know! We have a lot of mothers and babies in serious need of treatment).

I’ll still post their pictures here, so they can bring your day some joy and hope.

On behalf of Luca and Calu: THANK YOU!

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Freedom!

Our feisty heron is back in the wild! After a final sign off from our vet, Angela, it was taken to one of our release sites by volunteer, Ed, and quickly embraced freedom.

Releases are always the best part of the job and it always leaves a lump in the throat to see a previously ‘flat’ animal fly away strongly.

Stay safe!

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Pale buzzard released!

Our beautiful pale buzzard is finally back in the wild! Thanks to the help of an avian specialist and the dedication of Maru, our vet, it was able to recover from a broken scapula with no lasting injuries.

After a final sign off, it was taken out for release, where it could not have flown off better!

Stay safe buzzard

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Our baby blackbirds have been doing a lot of growing recently!

Having arrived as tiny, eyes-closed youngsters it’s amazing to see how much they have changed in such a short time! they are still in our intensive care unit receiving regular feeds from our 350+ volunteers, but it won’t be too long now before they are moved into one of our outdoor aviaries to complete their journey to adulthood!

Life moves very quickly when you’re a baby bird :)

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Our little owl has a home!

Our beautiful young little owl has been the subject of much debate recently, but the time has finally come for it to go back where it belongs.

We have been working with another rehabilitation centre, who will get our youngster ‘adopted’ by a wild family and raised for release! Little owls are surprisingly tolerant of newcomers and will often raise the new arrival as their own.

Our owl is being driven to its new home by our vet, Angela, later tonight and we wish it the best of luck in the wild!

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WARNING - POTENTIALLY GRAPHIC IMAGES

It’s operation time for our eye-injury tawny owl.

This owl suffered severe eye damage after being hit by a car. Sadly, the eye was beyond repair and needed to be removed to avoid the risk of infection.

Luckily, owls survive well in the wild with only one eye, and our vet, Maru, was able to safely remove it. With the eye removed and the wound closed, this bird has a much better chance of returning to the wild in the coming weeks!

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This poor fox was brought into the centre recently by the RSPCA after being found with a leg injury.

Our vet, Emma, was quickly on hand and gave the fox a thorough examination. The poor vixen not only had several large wounds in her leg, but also had signs of mange and required urgent treatment.

After shaving and cleaning the wounds, Emma wrapped the leg in a padded, wet bandage and gave the fox medication for her pain and mange. She was placed on a course of antibiotics before being moved into one of our fox pens for some rest.

Please keep your fingers crossed for her!

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Who remembers the tiny baby blackbirds we admitted some time ago? Look at how they look now!
They have grown an awful lot and are getting quite noisy! They are well on their way to becoming adult birds and we have high hopes they will be released when they do!