Cats and dogs attacking wildlife - Bats, swans and deer25/07/2009 23:18:04 2 bats, a deer fawn and a swan treated for injuries caused by pets
July 2009. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) is appealing for cat and dog owner to be more careful with their pets after dealing with three badly injured casualties in less than 24 hours.
WRAS was called to two bats which had been attacked by cats in separate incidents. The first was a Brown Long-eared bat found at Framfield, which was luckily only bruised with a few nasty cuts and rips to the wing membranes; the second was a Natterers Bat found at Westmeston.
WRAS rescuer Trevor Weeks and Kathy Martyn attended and checked both bats over before delivering them to Jenny Clark at the Sussex Bat Hospital at Forest Row. Unfortunately the Natterers Bat was too badly injured and had to be euthanised.
Swan attacked by a dog
"This is certainly one of the worst cases we have had in a long time and we understand from staff at the Swan Sanctuary that they may not be able to save the swan's wing." added Trevor Weeks founder of WRAS.
Deer fawn attacked by a dog
Moulting swans cannot fly away
WRAS is also urging cat owners to bring their cats in an hour before sunset so that bats can emerge undisturbed. For those who find it difficult keeping their cats in at night throughout the summer, The Bat Conservation Trust urges cat owners to try it at least from mid June till the end of August, as this is when baby bats are being reared. If a cat has already caught a bat it is possible it has found a roost and may return to it night after night when it will continue to kill more and more bats each visit. In these circumstances it is important to keep the cat in all night.
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