(This video continues on the documenting of a rescued litter of 6 hoglets - Part3)
It hasn't been the best of days but the idea of these short videos is to document some of what happens in the rescue unit & the issues in rehabilitating wildlife.
The hoglets when they came in yesterday were only hours old. There is an issue with this as this makes it very difficult to obtain a positive outcome. A litter of hoglets that are three or four days old is fairly standard and hand rearing very successful however when they are this young it is very hard to pull them through. It is a combination of things, the milk replacer works but at this early stage doesn't match up to mum, we feed every 2 hours whereas with mum they can feed on demand and although the incubators are fantastic and life savers in most cases they aren't the same as a snug nest with mum.
Of course we all like the cuddly endings & the majority of cases are happy endings but the reality is that death is a part of everyday life in rescue. The animals are here because they are ill or in trouble which means you are always starting off the back foot with a long way to go.
So the battle is on to try and get the remaining four through the next 48 hours & then we can breath a little easier.