What’s happening at Starlight Trust Animal Rescue

Run free Bianca xx February 21, 2010

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We’ve had 7 new arrivals this week.

On Tuesday we collected two female rats. They were rescued by a STAR supporter when the person that bred them threatened to abandon them in the wild when they didn’t sell. Unfortunately they hadn’t been handled at all and were subsequently very nervous and bitey and rather too much for our friend to handle; so she asked us to help. They are Tinker and Tailor and they are two, one year old agouti girls. Tinker is a little shy but has been quite curious with us so far. Tailor is probably the most terrified little girl I have ever met and panics when we go anywhere near her. It’s going to take some time to win these girls over I think. They are living with our resident girls who are helping them to settle in quite nicely. No pictures yet I’m afraid as I didn’t want to upset them with the camera.

And then on Thursday we found 5 new baby hamsters in the nursery cage. This confirmed that the remaining Mum, Sally, was the mother of the older babies (now known as Luke and Leia) and the newborns. The middle litter of three had come from poor Carla who passed away last week. We were worried as to whether Sally would or even could continue to care for them now that she had two litters of her own to look after. We’re still trying not to disturb the nest too much but it looks as though two of Carla’s litter have passed away. I was worried about the one remaining baby but we have seen him/her out and about and trying to eat solids this evening so I’m feeling more hopeful. Of course, we could remove that baby and try to syringe feed it but Sally does seem to be taking some care of it so I think its best chance is to stay with the others. Luke and Leia are growing up fast and I need to separate Luke in the next couple of days to make sure there are no more babies. I’m hoping he and Russell roborovski might make friends.

On Wednesday we were very saddened by the loss of Bianca. She had a lump removed a year ago and it didn’t go well. She had lots of anaesthetics to keep stitching her back up as she kept opening her op site up. When she developed another lump in July last year I decided not to rush into having it removed. It hardly changed for months but then in December it started to grow rapidly. By this time Bianca was over two years old and had respiratory problems so I was still very reluctant to put her through another operation. But t got to the point where it was causing her problems and we were faced with having to let her go. So really we had to give the op a try. So on Wednesday, almost exactly a year since her last operation, Emily removed her tumour. Unfortunately at the end of the procedure she stopped breathing and efforts to revive her failed.

Bianca was a massive character. Very much the boss of the cage and, well, of everyone to be honest. You had to be careful when feeding her in case she mixed your fingers and the food up. You couldn’t do so much as a spot clean with her in the cage or she would chase your hand round the cage and attack you. Rats recovering from surgery had to be kept away from her or she would start eating at their stitches! So, as you can imagine, she has left a big hole in our lives and we will miss her greatly.

Run free Moonpig xx


Goodbye Robson and Elsa December 4, 2009

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It’s been a rather sad day here today I’m afraid.

Last night dear Robson began to look unwell. Nothing very specific, just not himself. I separated him and gave him some antibiotics and pain killers and nursed him to keep his strength up. But he just kept getting worse. This morning he had begun to lose control of his legs. And then when I got home from work at lunch time he was hardly even awake 😦 I don’t know what it was really that caused him to decline so quickly. I can only guess at either a stroke or heart failure. The lovely Emily at the Village Animal Hospital helped him on his way to the bridge for us.

As you’ll see from previous posts about him, Robson came to us in April 2008, rescued from a home where a lot of animals were kept in terrible conditions. He is related to some of our other resident rats, Bianca, Shalina and Linette. These rats were so badly kept and bred that the whole family have been plagued with health issues. Robson and his brothers found a new home but sadly they passed earlier this year leaving Robson on his own. His Mum was sad to let him go but knew that living alone wasn’t right for him so he came back here in October and moved in with Quest and Foxy. He has really enjoyed his last couple of months and we have adored having him here. He was quite a tense chap when he was younger but matured into a lovely, squishy lad.

We also said goodbye to Elsa, one of the 5 mousey girls we took in recently. She already had a very large tumour when she arrived so we knew we wouldn’t have her for long. I fell in love with her instantly. I don’t know what it is about chocolate mice but I find them irresistible. But more than that I have come to really admire her spirit. Despite her lump she was always a busy, happy little thing and often first to the food. Her lump got to the point where it was impacting on her ability to get around. It broke my heart because she was still bright and happy but I really did not want her to suffer so I decided to let her go sooner rather than later. I can’t describe how much it hurts to have to sign the death sentence of an animal who, from the waist up, looks young, healthy and happy. I’ll miss little Elsa very much indeed.

And now we’ve set ourselves up for more sadness with the arrival of some more poorly mice. I’ll introduce them tomorrow.


Bianca February 20, 2009

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Yesterday Bianca rat went to the vets to have a mammary lump removed. She was joined there by Barry the mouse and Foxy the rat who both went in to have their little man lumps removed! Happily both coped very well and are home and recovering nicely. Bianca on the other hand has been a nightmare. The op went well but when we went to collect her I noticed that she had removed her stitches. And boy had she been thorough, leaving a huge gaping hole in her groin! So she stayed in overnight and was put back under anaesthetic to be restitched. But she did the same again in the night. So this morning she was knocked out again and this time she was stitched, glued and stapled back together! She is home now and so far everything is still where it should be. She looks a bit tired and battered poor girl so lots of spoiling is in order. I’ve kept her separate from her cagemates Linette and Shalina for now because last time one of that group, Brooke, had a lump removal the others chewed at the wound when I put her back in.

Things aren’t going so well for that group. They were rescued from a home in Warwickshire where there were loads of animals who hadn’t been cleaned for months and had been allowed to interbreed. The conditions were bad enough to make an experienced rescuer vomit. We took in Bianca along with 11 other girls and 3 boys. The three boys were Harry, Fred (now Angus) and Robson. Harry died a few weeks ago of tumours, Angus has a suspected brain problem and Robson has chronic respiratory problems despite them being only a little over a year old. Of the twelve girls 8 have been homed. Two of those has passed on and one has suspected kidney problems. Both Brooke and Bianca have now had lumps removed. Tonight I’ve heard that Maiya (now Tansy) has an ear infection which has led to a head tilt. To have so many health problems in such young rats cannot be a coincidence and must be related either to their poor genetics or the lack of care they suffered previously. I can only hope that their daughters, the trekkies, benefit from their better care although Deanna already has chronic respiratory issues herself.

Anyway the long and short of it is that we have decided that Bianca will remain here. I must admit I’m a bit downhearted tonight. This group of rats are very special to me having arrived here very scared and blossomed into confident, loving rats. They don’t deserve so many problems so young 😦