Tiggywinkles Wild Animal Hospital, Aylesbury, England.

 

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A few days ago Larry, Jim and I went to visit the Tiggywinkles Wild Animal Hospital near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. That’s about 18 miles west of where we live. The hospital is set in the countryside and cares for wild animals who have been injured in some way. A lot are injured on the roads but there are also lots of natural casualties. The ultimate aim of the hospital is to release the animals back into the wild, but this is not always possible, sadly. If they cannot be released, then they will spend the rest of their natural lives in the beautiful grounds of the hospital. The first picture is of a Red Kite bird of prey (red tailed hawk if you are American!). Larry has helped me out with a lot of these sorts of words and descriptions being American himself. I also learnt a lot while I was living over there. It was quite sad to see how many of these beautiful birds were remaining in captivity but at least they are safe and they have a very large area to fly around in. They look wonderful as you can see from the picture.

Caring for wild animals is quite unlike caring for domestic creatures and requires a lot of skill. Tiggywinkles is a charity which relies on donations and benefactors and is always pleased to receive a gift.

Quite a few of the animals are nocturnal so we didn’t see all of them, e.g. the badgers and foxes but they are there just curled up in their burrows and forms etc. If we went back at night I’m sure we would be aware of a lot more, although I doubt if we would see much!

Interestingly there were lots of gulls that couldn’t fly and three legged deer and others.

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In the beginning, Tiggywinkles was set up to care for injured hedgehogs. Hedgehogs used to be very common in England, but over the last thirty years their numbers have reduced so much that now it is a delight to see one let alone have them living happily in the garden. Here at the cottage we used to have lots of them but for the last few years we have had none. Here is a video showing baby hedgehogs. I’m sure you’ll agree that they are just delightful.

Tiggywinkles was named after a Beatrix Potter character called Mrs. Tiggywinkles. Here is a video of her if you are unfamiliar:

If you would like to know more about Tiggywinkles Wild Animal Hospital, you can click here and go to their website. Please do. I’m sure you will enjoy seeing all the good work they do.

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Please let me know if the videos worked?

Oma

 

6 thoughts on “Tiggywinkles Wild Animal Hospital, Aylesbury, England.

    • Thanks Pia. I wonder if it’s visible in the U.s.? I asked this because when I have looked at my stats in the past, it says no-one has clicked yet (videos). I didn’t know if that was because people don’t have the time to look or because they want to look but can’t see it!

      • I think, sadly, based on my own stats, that people generally are lazy about clicking. But I also think WP is incorrect in their stats, sometimes they say that I’ve had 1 visitor total today – from 3 different countries! I dare say that’s impossible….

  1. It is interesting to visit such wildlife places and see how so many of the animals do recover. Amazing to see huge birds of prey who are not able to be released back into the wild.

    Hedgehogs are some of the cutest animals . I have only seen them in captivity and it saddens me there are so few left roaming English gardens.

  2. Awe I bet that was something… I have seen on TV before.. Thank you for the pictures and for the video too Oma… Now is the time of year we have to watch out for our Hedgehog friends.. Love to you xxx Hugs Sue

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