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East Winch RSPCA get some youngsters to care for this spring

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A litter of six fox cubs were rescued by an off-duty vet who was out walking in Swaffham, on March 23, when she heard them crying under a bush near to their mother who had been killed on the road.

She took them in overnight and contacted the RSPCA the following day and they were taken by a wildlife casualty volunteer to East Winch Wildlife Centre.

The cubs still had their eyes closed and were thought to be between six- and 14-days old. They’re all doing well in RSPCA care.

Litter of cubs. Picture: RSPCA (56129542)
Litter of cubs. Picture: RSPCA (56129542)

It can be common during April and May to see fox cubs above the ground during the day and adults are usually nearby watching over them. You may also come across cubs waiting for their mother.

If you see a cub it is best to leave them alone unless it is necessary to intervene if they are in immediate danger, if their eyes are closed, or if they seem sick or injured. If the cub is in immediate danger then move them to a sheltered spot nearby and provide some dog or cat food and water. Check on them in 24 hours and if a mother hasn’t returned, please contact the RSPCA for help.

The East Winch team, is also looking after an adorable cygnet who was rescued on March 25 from Grantham, in Lincolnshire, after being found alone.

Litter of cubs. Picture: RSPCA (56129570)
Litter of cubs. Picture: RSPCA (56129570)

A member of the public grew concerned as the tiny bird was being harassed by cats and a wildlife casualty volunteer went to collect him.

Staff kept him warm and cosy by keeping him with a cuddly toy swan for him to snuggle up to.

Cygnets and goslings don’t normally stray far from their parents so mum will normally be close by. If you’re concerned, please monitor from a safe distance. If their parents don’t return within two hours or they’ve been killed, contact a local wildlife rehabilitator or vet for advice.

A sweet little leveret was hand-reared by experts at East Winch, after being brought in by a member of the public whose son spotted him hiding under the equipment at a park in Sedgeford. He was cared for and released last week.

Cygnet at RSPCA. Picture: RSPCA (56129563)
Cygnet at RSPCA. Picture: RSPCA (56129563)

Leverets are normally left alone from an early age and, often, for long periods of time - like fawns. Their mother returns to feed them, usually around dusk. If you’re concerned about a leveret who you believe is sick or injured please seek advice before approaching.

The RSPCA urges people to take care around wild animals, to keep a safe distance and to report any concerns to the charity’s emergency line.

Wild animals - even babies and youngsters - can bite or scratch when frightened, particularly if they are injured or sick.

Leverett at East Winch Animal Hospital. Picture: RSPCA (56129556)
Leverett at East Winch Animal Hospital. Picture: RSPCA (56129556)

Take particular care around birds, due to the current bird flu outbreak - please read the advice on the RSPCA’s website for more detailed guidance about what to do if you’re worried about a sick, injured or orphaned bird.

If it is safe for you to catch and handle an animal then the RSPCA has some advice:

Wear suitable gloves;

Quickly place into secure cardboard box with ventilation holes, lined with towel or newspaper;

Keep the animal calm and quiet;

Take the animal to a vet, RSPCA wildlife centre or local wildlife rehabilitator (which you can find online, but please note not all have been inspected by the RSPCA. Always call first, to make sure they’re open and can treat the animal.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing wild animals in desperate need of care, please visit the charity’s website or call the donation line on 0300 123 8181.

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