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by on Oct.23, 2016, under Animals, Health, Nature

There are a lot of saints we probably haven't heard of. We're familiar with the popular ones, like Saint Patrick, Patron Saint of People Getting Drunk in His Honor, and Saint Francis of Assisi, known for his strong affection for animals. We know some of the more obscure ones, like Saint Guinefort: We're not sure about Saint Tiggywinkles, but we are in awe of his works. tbird1 Tiggywinkles is the world's leading wildlife hospital. It was founded in 1978 by Les and Sue Stocker, along with their son Colin. Until 1983 the Stockers funded their work from their savings. Then in February of that year the project became a Registered Charity with the official title of The Wildlife Hospital Trust. thedgehog1 They've helped a variety of species, including badgers, owls, swan, and deer. During the drought of 1984, they began to see more hedgehogs, and worked to raise awareness of their plight, asking people to leave out water and dog food for them. Many people started looking more closely at their local hedgehogs, and so many were brought in for treatment for injuries that the hospital opened a new shed as a Hedgehog-Only unit, and called it "St. Tiggywinkles." sdeer1 The hospital continues to look after all species of wildlife that are brought in, rehabilitating and releasing into the wild if possible, or keeping the animals in as natural an environment as possible at the hospital. Euthanasia is a last resort. trabbit1 While the hospital doesn't turn any wild animal away, avian tbird2 prey, or predator
Jeff Moore 28/12/08 St Tiggywinkles wildlife hospital in Buckinghamshire have seen their share in casualties this year with 10,203 animals passing through the centre. These includes the following which have been rescued and cared for over the past 12 months: 2500 hedgehogs, 1600 pigeons, 720 ducks, 710 blackbirds, 465 collared doves, 420 deer, 400 rabbits, 230 swans, 200 mice, 192 robins, 180 foxes, 130 badgers, 125 bats, 126 owls, 76 geese, 40 frogs, 31 grass snakes and 1 cuckoo! Picture shows: A four week old fox cub recovering  at hospital in May after suffering a broken back  leg.

Hedgehogs are still among the favorites.

thedgehog2 Some of the animals are up for adoption. If you're looking for a weasel, stoat, or polecat rex-polecat or perhaps a buzzard or a badger badger_adopt Or a hedgehog European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) with plaster on leg, St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital, Haddenham, UK St. Tiggywinkles is the patron saint of baby wild animals. thedgehog3
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A Hare In My Food

by on Apr.18, 2013, under Animals, Food, Nature

A typical meal for a Heron is fish, small birds, and small mammals. heron-koi   heron-bird heron-mouse   Wildlife photographer Ad Sprang was watching in Vianen, Holland hoping to get some good wildlife shots of a grey heron he spotted. heron1   After taking a few photos, a rabbit appeared from a hole. The Heron noticed it and slowly approached the rabbit. Ad Sprang said, "When the heron was quite close to the rabbit you could feel the tension. The head of the bird slowly moved from the left to the right; apparently to estimate the distance. Then all of a sudden in a split second the bird caught the rabbit" heron2   "The heron tried to kill the rabbit by putting it under water. After about half a minute the rabbit was almost dead but as it moved it was put under water by the heron again." heron3   "When the poor little rabbit had finally died the heron swallowed the rabbit completely. It was not that easy because of the size but finally the heron was successful." heron4 heron5 "I have often seen herons catching preys like mice and fish. but catching a rabbit was a surprise."     heron6   We're pretty certain it was a surprise to the rabbit too.


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Pomp and Circumcise

by on Jun.09, 2011, under Animals, Art, Crime, Education, Kids, Media

After four years of high school, a lot of people like to leave their mark with a senior prank. Tyell Morton went to school dressed in a hoodie. He left a package behind, containing a blow up doll. It was his notion of a senior prank, but the school was evacuated while the package was searched. The cost of the evacuation was $8000 and Morton now faces criminal charges that if convicted he could spend 8 years in prison. Most of the time the pranks are silly and harmless and nobody gets into any real trouble. Some kids like to think bigger, but the effect is still pretty harmless. The Class of 2010 at Catlin Gabel wanted to be constructive as well as creative, and set up a petting zoo on the school's quad, During an Upper School assembly, a handful of seniors covertly scrambled to put down hay, erect a tent, fence off an area, and bring in the animals, including bunnies, goats, lambs, chicks, a pony, and an alpaca. The seniors brought in kindergarten and first grade students to enjoy the unexpected menagerie along with their own teachers and schoolmates.

The seniors at Fairfield College in New Zealand (equivalent of a high school in the U.S.) wanted to pull off something larger than life. They used a chemical weed killer to draw on the grass. The images were spotted by David McQuoid while searching the neighborhood online looking for a property nearby. “At first I thought it was a large piece of artwork,” he said.

Acting principal Gerhard van Dyk, who may have been the inspiration for the prank, explained, "There's really not much we could do about it. The caretaker took some more weed killer and tried to camouflage it a bit."

Until it grows back, Google Earth shows a nice view.

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The bar has been raised for next year's class.
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