Baby weasels and stoats are found for any number of reasons but the main one is predation.
These tiny little mustelids are unbelievably quick, but every year one or two babies are reared and released by the Wildlife Orphanage.
If you are suddenly presented with a baby weasel, perhaps your cat has brought it in as a present, what should you do?
1. Keep the baby warm and keep it secure.
2. Ring a Wildlife Rescue immediately. There is a list of Rescues, defined by area on www.helpwildlife.co.uk
3. If very young, the baby will need a specialist milk such as Royal Canin puppy milk or Esbilac. This is fed with a syringe and a teat. A Wildlife Rescue will keep this in stock so I would leave it to them.
4. Never feed a wildlife mammal cow's milk.
5. Weasels are carnivores and will eventually need to be weaned on to foods like day old chicks
6. Weasels are expert escape artists and need to be contained in housing which is totally escape proof.
7. Weasels can and do bite!
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.