Tel: 0771 1883072
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HELP! I'VE FOUND A BABY MAGPIE, CROW, ROOK, JAY, WHAT SHALL I DO?

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 ARE EASILY IMPRINTED AND MUST BE PASSED TO AN EXPERIENCED REHABILITATOR

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.

Jackdaw, easily recognisable with the smokey grey collar
A baby crow found in the middle of nowhere
Adult Raven on a skull, could be mistaken as a rook or crow
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The Wildlife Orphanage, located off the A19 between Selby and York, is a small wildlife rescue specialising in the care of young wild animals and birds.

APRIL 2017 

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. A LOOK BACK AT 2016

October News

HEDGEHOGS, THE AUTUMN JUVENILES FLOOD IN!

Baby Pixie arrived weighing only 100g and has numerous problems
Pixie has to have Imaverol baths to clear his skin
Pixie is suffering from mites & ringworm and is in a bad way for such a tiny hedgehog

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.