Inside Europe’s Busiest (and Cutest) Wildlife Hospital


(whimsical music) – [Sharon] Say you’ve
been caring for an animal and you actually do have to
do that little bit of syringe feeding, and then the next
day you go in there to syringe feed it, and it wants to eat you, you know you’ve done a good job. (telephone ringing) – Good afternoon,
Tiggywinkles, Alyssa speaking, how can I help? (playful music) – Welcome to Tiggywinkles, the world’s busiest wildlife hospital. – [Narrator] Meet Sharon Jacobs. She’s a senior nurse here at Tiggywinkles. This adorable wildlife hospital
is named after a character from the Beatrix Potter children’s book, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. But this isn’t a place
you take your sick dog like Florence the British Bulldog. Right, Flo?
(barking) This is for all wild
animals found injured. X-rays taken. – [Sharon] We deal with
all British wildlife as in foxes, badgers, deer, wood mice. – [Narrator] They treat
rabbits, bats, big birds, small birds, and very,
very cute hedgehogs. Oh, just look at him swimming. They get around 10,000 animals
through the door each year with a wide range of
sicknesses and injuries. – OK, this guy came into
us about two weeks ago, and she fractured her tibia, so we’ve actually put Plaster of Paris on, which is a cast. – [Narrator] The wildlife
hospital is just like a human one. Luckily for the animals,
there isn’t a waiting room. – Any animal that comes through the door the first thing is they
do they go for a triage. So, and literally, they are
medically assessed there; see if there’s any injuries;
see if they need a drip; see if they need any antibiotics, painkillers and stuff like that. Within 24 hours they normally
get reassessed by the vet and any sort of like
medical treatment or wounds or injuries or x-rays when
you think is normally done. Then, once the animal is fully fit, as in medically inside
we want it to go outside. So if it’s a bird for argument’s sake it would go into an aviary. If it was a deer it would
go down our paddocks and again once we’re happy with them then the aim is to get
everything back to the wild. We don’t keep anything ’cause
it looks cute and fluffy. It is quite nice when it comes to actually
releasing the animal and now and again some
of the deer will actually bolt off and then turn around
and stare at you goin’, what’s goin’ on here? So it’s quite nice. I think the aim of Tiggywinkles is obviously to save the animal’s life but also to educate people
about how to treat them, how to get the animal back to the wild. If you do see an animal that’s injured do take it to a wildlife hospital. – [Narrator] So it can get better and that way this little fella could rest up with his cast. (playful music) (electronic chiming)

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