Rescue Gallery & Stories

Click on the title for the full story and gallery.

  • Collared Dove with Torticollis Collared dove with torticollis. This bird was picked up after being ‘clipped’ by a car. The finder took it home and initially fed ok, however after 24hrs the condition developed. They phoned us for advice and I was able to figure out the problem from having seen the condition many times following head trauma. ...

Rescue Gallery

Click on any picture to open an enlargement in a new window

Rescue Stories


This young Barn owl was brought to us having been found grounded (probably having been hit by a car). The finder informed us it was the youngster of a well known local breeding pair. After assessing the damage and cleaning around the fractured area of wing it took us a further two hours to locate a vet that would be willing to look at it. The common response we had from most vets was unfortunately either to euthanase it or get the RSPCA to pick it up to do the same. However, we managed to find a vet willing to give it a go and these pictures are the post-op shots of the external fixator to support the bones externally whilst the inserted pin held the fractured bones from within. Three months of careful care required following. As you will see, we do not like to give up easily!


This little fox cub was found on a rural unmade road by a very elderly lady walking her dog. Initially she thought it was a little dead kitten but looking more carefully realised it was in fact a small fox-cub, cold, wet & barely alive. She wasn’t able to bend down to pick it up and went home to contact that ‘very well known animal welfare organisation’ who told her to just leave it and refused to help. She tried the vets unsuccessfully and then the Culm Valley Gazette, remembering a feature they had done about us in the past.

On reaching the fox-cub, it was as the lady described, very weak and barely alive. Whether it would survive the journey home was the main worry as I wrapped it in a thick fluffy towel and put in a carrier with a heat pad. Back home the first priority was to clean off the thick wet and cold mud clinging to her body, warm her gradually and rehydrate her. It was some hours before her swallow reflex had returned sufficiently for her to be able to take some milk-replacer feed.

When cleaning off the mud she was found to have three shot wounds which were badly infected needing for her to start antibiotic therapy. After 48 hours she was strong enough to take to the vets to have X-rays taken to check the shot wounds. Fortunately the discharge from the infection had probably carried out the offending pellets and the only concern was as to whether the growth plate on the leg had been damaged. This would only be known with time.

Over the next few weeks, she made a very good recovery with no obvious long-term damage. As soon as she was able she went into an outside pen and we withdrew all contact except for when feeding her. As soon as she was fully weaned, she was transferred to a larger wildlife facility in Somerset and joined a pen with five other cubs of roughly the same age and size. This was to reacclimatize her to fox life in readiness for a controlled release back to the wild at a later date.


This little baby squirrel was found at the base of a very large tree in the Quantock Hills. The finder was very concerned firstly as there was no way he could put it back in its drey being so high up and secondly as it was barely alive, cold and needing some attention to the many cuts it had sustained on its fall. A phone call to us to see if we would help soon had it travelling the miles across Somerset to us in Devon where it would receive a warm welcome in the way of a warmed incubator and the next best thing to its own mum’s milk with a special milk replacer.