Dragon rescues ‘shivering’ baby hare

PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 September 2015

The leveret was rescued by Dragons' Den star Deborah Meaden.

The leveret was rescued by Dragons' Den star Deborah Meaden.


A SOMERSET animal rescue charity received a visit from an internationally-renowned guest when business mogul and star of Dragons’ Den Deborah Meaden took in an injured baby hare.

The one-day-old hare – known as a leveret – was taken to Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill after Ms Meaden’s gardener found it in her garden.

Staff at Secret World are now giving the leveret round-the-clock feeds at two hour intervals, and the centre hopes to be able to release the animal back into the wild.

Ms Meaden said: “We normally don’t like to intervene with nature, but our gardener Phil saw the tiny leveret wet with dew, shivering and inanimate in a very exposed area.

“After having checked with the vet we agreed its chances of survival were tiny, especially as we have plenty of cats and dogs to threaten it.

“Sadly we were proved right as we later found the tiny body of another baby hare, but we are so pleased the first little creature is now safe in the care of Secret World.”

Secret World veterinary nurse Michelle Gunn said: “The leveret will go home at night with animal carer Marie Denston, who will become his foster mum for the next six weeks. Hares get stressed very easily, so Marie will be the only person who has contact with him.”

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