Saturday March 20th 2010
The day is here, the start of the season is upon us! All the flying birds currently on the ‘Meet The Birds’ team are up and flying, and should put up a good show from day one.
We also have the first confirmed sightings of the breeding season‘s first owlets, namely the ‘African Spotted Eagle Owls’. Two were seen yesterday by both David and myself.
Keep an eye on the webcams, and you should be rewarded with a view yourself.
On the rehabilitation side of things, the otter has now moved on to a specialist rehabilitation centre with a large outdoor enclosure, which is exactly what the otter needs right now.
An R.S.P.C.A. collection officer by the name of Rob Scrivens came up from Cheshire to pick him up on Tuesday. I spoke to him briefly on the phone, and he assured me he would come well prepared. The thing with otters is that they are after all, members of the weasel and stoat family, (Mustelids), and they are by design, some the most formidable mammalian predators in the British Isles, and have teeth and jaw power to match. One of our patrons lost several fingers on both hands to an otter! Rob came equipped with several items of restraint, but said he would use them only as a last resort. The idea being that the ‘softly softly’ method might ‘persuade’ the otter to enter his travelling crate. Several of us from the centre piled into the quarantine unit to help Rob persuade ‘Otter’ into his box. As with the best laid plans, ‘Otter’ hadn‘t read the script, and led us a merry dance round the corridor in the Quarantine. Eventually he retreated into his established den, and wouldn‘t come out. Rob then carefully removed some of his older bedding, and put it in the new travelling crate, and just as we were contemplating more drastic measures, he came out of his den and walked into the travelling crate. It was all down to him in the end. He is due to come back to Cumbria for a ‘soft release’ in the next month or so.
I will leave you with a few pictures of him in his quarantine enclosure.
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