The mornings are getting lighter and there is no longer the chill in the air for the whole day. Is spring just around the corner?
Very shortly there will be many fledgelings, young squirrels and other baby animals joining us. It is also a time when many are brought into the veterinary clinic for attention or because they are lost. It is sad to see baby animals looking lost but very often their parents are near-by and will be looking after them. We would therefore advise, that on the whole, they are left to sort things our themselves. It is very rare that a very young animal, brought into the clinic, can be given the specialist care and diet a parent is able to provide and they sadly, often, do not survive the night. In the case where an animal is obviously in distress or pain then we are here to take care of them and please give the clinic a call. There are also a few excellent charities who specialise in caring for wildlife, we are in regular contact with them and often able to transfer any needy cases to receive specialist care and attention.
Leaving work yesterday I saw a young Vixen cross the road in front of me on Teddington High Street. She had a slight limp on one of her legs but otherwise seemed to be in good condition. She was however, so bold and completely unbothered by my presence, just a couple of meters away. It was lovely to see nature and wildlife close up. I wanted to get a photo but as luck would have it the batteries ran out on my phone. It may still be a while before I win the Wildlife photographer of the year award! http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/temporary-exhibitions/wpy/category.do?category=9&group=1