MEMBERS of the corvid family include crows, jays, magpies, rooks and ravens. They are highly intelligent birds and anyone finding a baby corvid should hand it over to a Wildlife Rescue asap.
Baby corvids are highly entertaining and easily tamed. Every year we receive calls from people along the lines of..
'We've hand reared a baby crow and he is so cute. He sits on our knee and watches the television with us. Even our cat and dog love him, but he's getting big now and messy so will you take him?"
This is wrong on so many levels. An imprinted baby corvid will view itself as a human and will never ever be able to mix with his own kind.
So the choice is stark. Either do the right thing and hand the baby over to a Rescue or imprint it and condemn it to death !
Corvids with white feathers
Juvenile crows are sometimes admitted into Rescue with white, patchy feathers with a description that they "unable to fly" .
This is mainly due to bad diet and lack of calcium.
It will take some time to rectify as the feathers have to moult and regrow. In the meantime the crow needs to be fed on a good diet, day old chicks.
On the 1st April, a female hedgehog was admitted with lacerations and a broken leg. These were caused by a dog attack. The leg had to be amputated
The Wildlife Orphanage has had an influx of small hedgehogs over the last few weeks. These are the Autumn Juveniles, born late in the year. They are often seen out in daytime and looking a bit wobbly. Please act quickly if you see one as they go downhill rapidly.
With winter just around the corner, these little hogs will be just too light for hibernation. They need to put on lots of weight to see them through the winter.
If you see a tiny hedgehog roaming about, often in daylight,
Please ring 0771 1883072 for advice.