Somerset's wildlife baby boom
PUBLISHED: 07:45 25 May 2014
DESPITE the significantly soggy start to the year it seems animals were not put off from making like rabbits - as one wildlife charity is seeing a big baby boom.
Obviously the storms across Somerset failed to dampen on the spirits of creatures great and small, as the Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre has been inundated with cubs and ducklings needing care and attention.
The charity in East Huntspill has entered its busiest season of the year and is relying on the support of a huge team of dedicated volunteers.
All the staff at the Brent Road centre are excited to show off all the fluffy chicks and cute cubs at its May Bank Holiday open weekend, which starts on Saturday.
Founder Pauline Kidner says staff and volunteers are now at full stretch caring for the ever-growing number of baby birds, badgers, fox cubs and other wild animals being brought in daily.
In April alone the charity received more than 350 animal admissions and in an average year the centre cares for more than 5,000 creatures a year.
The first half of May saw a further 362 creatures admitted - including 277 birds.
She said: “There will be lots to interest families and other visitors, including wildlife talks, displays and ferret racing, when we host our special wildlife babies event.
“People will also have the opportunity to take part in our animal adoptions programme which gives participants a valuable opportunity to learn more about wild animals.”
Although admittance to the centre is free, cash donations would be welcomed to help the charity continue its 24-hour rescue service, which costs nearly £1million a year.
Staff would also welcome tins of dog and cat food, as the wildlife orphans consume about 100 tins a day.
The event will run from Saturday to Monday and will be open 10am-4pm daily.