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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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Bad To The Bone

by on Aug.27, 2012, under Animals, Crime, Family, Health, Nature

Michelle Busse of Arizona left her pet dog Carmela to fend for herself after she was struck by a car almost a year ago in Peroria, leaving her in agony from a partially severed front leg. Without medical treatment, the three year old Pit bull mix chewed her own leg off. Busse took Carmela to a veterinarian after the accident, but refused treatment for the dog even after being offered a payment plan. She also refused to have the dog humanely euthanized. The three-year-old Pit bull mix chewed off its own leg and was left to walk around on a bloody stump.  Vets who examined the wound said it was infected and the pit bull mix would have been in terrible pain from walking on an exposed bone. Nearly a year after the accident, police received an anonymous report that the dog was suffering without medical attention and investigated. When an animal control officer examined the female dog, she was missing the lower half of her front right leg and was walking on exposed bone and flesh. A vet later removed the infected leg and Carmela is recovering at the Humane Society of Arizona. Busse was charged with felony animal cruelty. Carmela recovered and was made available for adoption.
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Up to Your Shoulders In It

by on May.16, 2010, under Animals, Education, Technology

Bovine rectal palpation is a difficult procedure for veterinary students to learn and requires considerable practice.  It's used to diagnose pregnancy, check for infection, and feel the stomach, uterus, and ovaries, and to play hilarious pranks on first year vet students.  It's not as much fun as it looks for either the student or cow, and the cows frequently shower the student in excrement in an expression of bovine humor.  And you can't see what's going on with your arm stuck up a cow's butt.  Fortunately, there's an app for that -- and a peripheral. Sarah Baillie has designed the Hepatic Cow, which uses a touch feedback device programmed to deliver just the right amount of resistance to teach students the difference between healthy and diseased tissue.  She's also working on a Hepatic Horse and Hepatic Cat. For now, these guys still do it the traditional way.
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