Recent wildlife rescues at Woodlands Animal Sanctuary

Woodlands Animal Sanctuary is well known for its work with rescued cats but it also carries out very important work with wildlife from the Lancashire and Merseyside areas.

A new admission to the wildlife unit on Saturday 11 June was a young , male badger cub in need of medication and care.

badger 2Vickie Maude , a Trustee of the Sanctuary , said “The badger cub was found collapsed in a graveyard near Burnley by a couple walking their dog. They contacted Lancashire Badger Group , who work closely with us , and the badger cub was collected and brought to Woodlands for treatment and care . After a trip to the emergency vet for a check up and medication the cub was settled at Woodlands . Following a course of antibiotics and having received plenty of food and fluids the cub was ready to be returned to its home sett close to the area where it was initially found. We are delighted that we have a happy ending for this little cub ”


A number of very young hedgehogs are also being cared for by Woodlands including one barely hours old when it was brought in. At this age the hoglets are fed on Royal Canine Puppy milk every two hours , day and night ,  using a syringe to ensure that they receive the best possible nutrition to help them survive. Once they are around 2 weeks old their eyes open and they can gradually be moved onto goat’s milk and eventually on to solid food.

Vickie continued “ Our work with hedgehogs is vital in trying to stop the decline in this iconic species. Each hoglet can cost up to £150 to rear up to the point that it can safely be released back into the wild. Our staff and fosterers do amazing job with these tiny babies and we rely totally on donations from supporters and the public to fund this important work”

If you would like more information on the work that Woodlands does with wildlife why not come along to our mini open day on Sunday 26th June between 11 am and 3 pm or check out our Facebook group Hedgehogs at Woodlands Animal Sanctuary.

If you would like to make a donation to help Woodlands continue our work with wildlife you can do so online via our website or by post to Woodlands Animal Sanctuary, Sandy Lane , Holmeswood , Lancashire L40 1UE


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