The Wild Blog, part 3
Love really has been in the air this week, as everyone has fallen in love with our first otter cub of the season! She arrived just before Valentine’s Day, and so had to be given a fitting name. After much debate Amore was chosen, which is the Italian word for love. Little Amore was found hidden in some reeds calling for her mother. As it was so cold and she had been calling for a while we were concerned about her, so Head of Animal Care Laura and animal carer Sarah went out to assess the situation. They rescued her with nets and bought her back to our centre. Laura has been acting as her surrogate mother by bottle feeding her, and will teach her to swim. Amore has already proved herself to be a bit of a star and has captured the interest of BBC Somerset, who came out to take photos of her and interview Laura!
We have had lots of children on site during the week, as Ellie, our learning and education officer has been running three Wild Academy sessions: Brilliant Birds, Winter Wildlife and Tremendous Trees. These sessions are great, as
they let children learn and explore nature through hands on learning. The wet weather didn’t spoil things and the youngsters were spotted exploring the site and woods with their raincoats and wellies on! They all seemed to enjoy themselves – especially Ellie! There are lots more sessions throughout the year – visit the learning section to find out more.
Our reception area has been having a bit of a makeover. Reception is the first point of call for visitors and it was looking a little bit tired. Never one to shy away from a bit of hard work our Charity Founder Pauline has been painting the walls a bright green colour, sweeping and rearranging the stock. It’s now looking much more welcoming. We have lots of lovely items for sale in the shop so why not pop in and have a browse!
This lucky gull was bought in from Clevedon by our response driver Cindy. He had been hit by a lorry and two cars, but seems to have escaped serious injury. Our animal carers assessed him, and it looks like he is just stunned, but they will be keeping a close eye on him for the next few days. Response drivers like Cindy are so important to us, as they rescue animals in need and bring them to us for treatment. We have a dedicated team of them that jump into action when called, but can always do with more! If you are interested visit the volunteer section and find out more.