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Stoatally soaked and motherless


Stoat kit warming up in a white towel © RSPCA

A stoat kit has had a lucky escape after falling down a drain in an Eggborough garden. 

A concerned home-owner who spotted the drenched, abandoned baby lying motionless in her garden in the pouring rain feared it was dead.

Our Animal Collection Officer (AWO) Leanne Honess-Heather was keen to get the young stoat out of the rain and into the warmth. She said: 

I rescued this little stoat from an Eggborough property on Monday night.  We feared the worst. The little chap was soaked through, freezing cold and barely responsive.

I used the air vents in the van to provide heat to dry and raise his body temperature.

Too young to fend for himself 

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ACO Honess-Heather rushed the little stoat kit to Battle Flatts Veterinary Clinic in Stamford Bridge, where expert vet Mark Naguib carried out a thorough examination, warmed him up, gave him food and dosed him with antibiotics.

She continued:

The little guy was cold, extremely dehydrated and hungry. Mark set about giving him all the care and treatment he needed. After an hour he began to improve. The next morning, he was full of life, a completely different character.

At only seven weeks old and without a mother, this kit is far too young to fend for himself. So he’s now safely in the care of Jean Thorpe at the Ryedale Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Norton Malton. Centre staff will feed him up till he’s big and strong enough to be released back into the wild.

Take a look at our information on what to do should you come across an injured wild animal, to ensure the safety of you both.

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