Archive for October, 2012

Feeling foxy…

Juvenile fox lying in field © RSPCA photolibrary

These last few months we’ve been on a secret squirrel mission, badgering away on an exciting new project that has had us working into the night, like owls, but nothing has out-foxed us…

OK, enough of the dreadful puns, the truth is that here at the RSPCA we’ve been getting carried away with our love of British wild animals – the theme of our new children’s writing competition, called Wild About Britain.

And it seems that we’re not alone. … continue reading ››

Fireworks can be frightening for your pets

Fireworks © RSPCA photolibrary

It’s coming up to that time of year again – fireworks season. ‘Did it ever go away?’ you might cry! Still, many of us enjoy watching fireworks and they can be great fun, but they can also be really scary for many animals so it’s important not to forget about them during the celebrations.

In one study, nearly half of the dog owners questioned reported that their dog showed fearful behaviour when they heard fireworks. The types of behaviours shown … continue reading ››

Raccoon dogs roaming free in Wales!

Raccoon Dog at West Hatch © Joe Murphy / RSPCA photolibrary

Raccoon dogs are native to Japan, Korea, north Vietnam, northern China and eastern Siberia, they have only relatively recently been introduced to parts of Europe. Which is why it was such a surprise when two of these curious creatures arrived on our doorstep having been discovered roaming free in Wales.

They were brought to us at West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Somerset and once we’d established that the pair were fit and healthy we had to create a habitat … continue reading ››