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This beautiful long-tailed tit was brought into the centre recently after being found stunned.
It was rushed in to see our vet team, but had luckily escaped injury. After some food and a little time to fully recover it was given a final sign off by our vet team and is now back in the wild


Life’s a beach


The further south we drove the more campervans we saw. After travelling for 7 months we’d never seen so many campervans in such a short period of time, I suppose this was obviously the popular part of Europe. As well as an increase in motorhome we also saw an abundance of wildlife, stalks nesting atop telephone poles, Egrets fishing in lagoons, and gangs of gulls pattering across the beaches.

We’d spent the past few days on a beautiful-yet boring-beach. There was no drama to the landscape, just soft rolling dunes into a fantastically blue sea, and endless sunshine. Don’t get me wrong, we loved the area and there were some cool people around, but by now we were keen to see the interesting rock formations and cliffs we’d seen in photos.

Porto Covo was the closest epic and rugged beach we set our sights on, and we weren’t disappointed. Small secluded sandy pull-ins allowed us to park pretty much in our own private wildcamping cliff-side location, as a lot of other motorhomes down the road had opted to park in the town in a paved carpark.

The landscape was rugged and fierce, waves crashed into small caves and coves, with a beautiful assortment of shells lined the beach. Walking along the cliffs to a set of steep winding steps down the cliff-face onto the quiet beach, Theo was in his element in this environment. Surprisingly few people were about which meant we had the place to ourselves.

A major benefit about travelling to this area was the camper disposal point in the town; free waste water and chemical disposal, as well as free drinking water. The camper disposal point also had quite a few motorhomes parked nearby; Portugal really was a campervan haven.

We’d spent two nights in Porto Covo, but as the weather began to sour we chose to head a little further south, ending up at Praia de Amado. A road wound its way along the cliffs but a strong coastal wind had picked up and made parking up there impossible, there’s no way we would have had a wink of sleep with the van being pushed around and an unnecessary fear that the cliffs would collapse. Instead we parked in the sandy car park with about 15 other campervans, no surprise really! An injured Gannet had sat itself in the centre of the road as we approached the car park, and wasn’t keen to move. Thankfully we had Theos phone connected to data that day so I researched a local wildlife rescue centre which turned out to be run by an English expat who assured me they’d have someone out to rescue the Gannet. I wasn’t keen to have my eyes pecked out by its monstrous beak, so I checked on it every half an hour and by the time sun set it must have been removed as it was nowhere to be seen.


Adorable baby kangaroo and wombat “twins”

Opposites can attract and Anzac a doe-eyed baby kangaroo has become best friends with Peggy, a tiny squint-eyed wombat. Their unlikely union developed after the pair -  both orphans - shared a pouch at the Wildlife Kilmore Rescue Centre in Victoria, Australia.

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Fisherman risks own life to save baby fox from being kicked to death by thugs

A gang of vile thugs shot dead a vixen then set about killing her defenceless cub by kicking it as it lay cowering just inches from her dead mother. The poor animal was only saved when a hero fisherman risked his own life to intervene and was assaulted himself. The Good Samaritan came to blows with the brutes as they carried out the brutal attack on the defenceless baby after shooting her mum on a pitch-black country lane. The brave wildlife-lover snatched the tiny fox to safety in the nick of time - and she’s now making a strong recovery at a local animal sanctuary. John Garner, of Foxy Lodge Wildlife Rescue Centre at Hemsby, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, hailed the courage of the night angler saved the cub.

Via Mirror UK


Killing with kindness

This hedgehog was brought to us because he was covered in ticks. After a quick examination, it became clear that this was not his only problem…

He is more than twice the size an adult hedgehog needs to be to survive winter. In human terms, he is obese! He is too fat to properly groom himself, hence all the huge ticks around his face and ears. He is overweight because people are feeding him too much, he is not eating a proper wild diet.

He wouldn’t have survived another year because of his severe tooth decay. This decay is caused by eating too much tinned cat or dog food and not enough to crunch! In the wild, hogs eat lots of crunchy beetles.

Also, because he doesn’t have to use his claws to dig for food, they have totally overgrown. Long claws can curl on themselves and become really uncomfortable for the hog.

He is now feeling much better, after we removed all the ticks, cut his claws and cleaned his teeth, before giving him back to the people who found him.

Most important piece of advice: Do not over feed hedgehogs - we only recommend to support feed them some cat biscuits scattered on your lawn in the run up to winter, but not every day.

Panda that proves nature’s not always black and white: Extremely rare brown bear’s colour linked to unique conditions in Chinese mountains where they are found.

There have only been five sightings of brown-white pandas since 1985.
Same size, weight and habits as pandas with usual black and white fur.
Experts say brown colour could be result of unique geographical and climatic conditions.

When it comes to pandas, you probably thought things were strictly black and white. But meet Qi Lai, an extremely rare brown and white panda whose colourful appearance has left scientists scratching their heads.

While every bit as a cute as others of his species, he is a very special bear because there have only been five sightings of brown-white pandas since 1985.

Now aged five, he was found as a two-month-old cub, weak and alone, by researchers in a nature reserve in Qinling Mountains in China after his mother had apparently disappeared into the jungle.

For his own safety, they took him to the nearby Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue, Breeding and Research Centre where he was given medical treatment and fed on panda milk saved by the centre’s staff from other pandas. He has since grown into the fine, eye-catching specimen he is today.

These photographs were taken by Katherine Feng, an American vet and member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, who was delivering veterinary supplies to the centre donated by the US charity Pandas International. She was granted special permission to photograph him during the recent visit. She said: ‘Brown and white pandas have only been seen in the Qinling Mountains. The Qinling Mountain pandas are considered a different sub-species from those found in other mountain ranges.

‘It is suspected that the brown and white colouring of pandas has a genetic basis, possible a result of a double recessive gene, a combination of genes or a dilution factor gene. Qi Zai’s mother was black and white.’

Qi Lai - who is also known as ‘seventh son’ by staff at the centre - is the same size and weight and has the same habits as other pandas with the usual black and white fur.

Scientists at the centre say further studies are necessary to unravel the mystery of why the brown and white pandas occur.

The panda population in the Qinling Mountains is small and isolated with an estimated figure of between 200 and 300.

Some experts at the centre have suggested that the brown fur could also have some links with the area’s unique geographical and climatic conditions, saying the soil and water in the area might influence the hair pigments of the pandas.

© Daily Mail UK 


More baby birds!

This tiny new arrival is a baby blackbird, and it was brought into the centre recently after being attacked by a cat.

Angela, our vet, gave it a thorough check up and found a number of small scratches on its back and left flank. These were cleaned and treated before the bird was given painkillers and antibiotics to combat the bacterial infection. It was moved into one of our warm incubators and will stay with us until it is large enough for release!

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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!


Happy birthday Simon Cowell!
Thank you for your dedication, blood, sweat and tears over the 37 years of Wildlife Aid, and here’s to many more!
Please join us in wishing Simon a very happy birthday!


A new fox admitted, our first of 2015.

This poor girl has got a nasty injury to her hindleg that needed reconstructive surgery. She will need to keep it bandaged for a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed the wound heals ok.

She is already feeling much better and has started to eat and stand on the sore leg.

We had this handsome fancy pigeon admitted on Tuesday. He is quite clearly a lost pet, but has no rings on his feet, microchip or address stamp on his wings.

We will keep him for 7 days to allow the owner time to come forward, but happily we already have a great home lined up for him if nobody claims him.

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New cutest patient at the hospital!

This gorgeous little grebe has won the heart of everybody at the centre! We rarely get this amber listed bird (vulnerable species), so we will take good care of him. He has a parasite infection in his gut so he will stay with us for treatment.

But don’t be deceived, even if he looks soft and gentle, he can be feisty!


Don’t ever handle deer by yourself – please call us or your local wildlife hospital for advice.
All species of deer can be very dangerous and should only be handled by experts. Even if it doesn’t have antlers (which can cause serious harm), their powerful legs can inflict injuries and, in the case of Muntjac deer, their ‘’tusks" (downward-pointing, very long canine teeth) can inflict severe damage. These tusks can be hard to see and of course tusks are usually not usually associated with deer! There have been cases where even experienced handlers have been permanently disabled by such injuries.
This poor Muntjac was brought in to us at the weekend. Its spinal cord was severed as well as having a shattered pelvis.

In all cases involving deer we prefer to deal with them at the injury site, rather than putting them through the additional trauma of being transported, so please always call from the scene of an accident or injury.
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24 hour emergency helpline 09061 800 132
Calls charged at 50p per min (to help with funding)

Tonight is Guy Fawkes night!

We hope you enjoy your evening but don’t forget your resident wildlife!

PLEASE check your bonfire before lighting for sleeping hedgehogs and move them to safety.

And remember to keep pets indoors when setting off fireworks.

Be safe everyone!



Rescue of some cheeky fox cubs that were disturbed by builders, working in a back garden.

Make sure to watch until the end, to see if the mum came back to pick up her babies!


Snakes are not our most common patient at Wildlife Aid, but entanglements make up the vast majority of our calls about them.

This unlucky visitor had been slithering through a garden when it got stuck in fine mesh around a pond. A builder had found the tangled animal and had called us for help.

Simon rushed to the scene where, with the help of the builder, he quickly cut the snake free. Amazingly, it had not been injured despite being heavily tangled, and was released back into the wild shortly afterwards!


This beautiful young sparrowkawk was brought into the centre today from South Essex Wildlife Hospital as part of a ‘trade’.

Wildlife rescue centres often work together to ensure animals get the best treatment and, in this case, we took charge of this sparrowhawk, a young kestrel and a badger in return for help raising four of our fox cubs for release.

She was in perfect condition, but was still developing her adult plumage and will stay with us until she is old enough to rejoin the outside world!