Wildlife Emergency

If you find an animal in distress, every minute if not second will count. This is in particularly true for birds, which are very vulnerable, especially when they are getting cold and wet. Unfortunately, another frequent problem we encounter are injured birds attacked by cats. Even if these cat attack victims are not showing any obvious signs of injury, they need to be treated immediately with antibiotics. If this is not happening any time soon after the accident, they might pass away within the next 24 to 48 hours due to an infection transmitted by the cat.In an Isle of Wight related wildlife emergency, please contact us or a relevant wildlife rescue by choosing the relevant phone number provided in our Wildlife Emergency section.


For most injured birds, place them gently in a box lined with kitchen paper towel or newspaper and keep them quiet, dark and and indoors at room temperature. It may be that the bird is in shock and this will help its successful recovery. If the bird is more seriously injured, this will reduce stress until you can get advice or help from a vet or a bird rescue. If covering the box, make sure the lid is well ventilated.


Wild animals have incredible powers of recovery, so no animal should be given up or put to sleep until a wildlife experienced veterinary surgeon has had the opportunity to assess its injuries and make a diagnosis. However, before rescuing any animal in need every precaution should be taken to ensure the safety of yourself.


For more detailed information regarding wildlife related queries and emergencies please see our Advicesection. Thank you.


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