Archive for March, 2013

What if the Easter Bunny came to stay?

Rabbit standing on hind legs © RSPCA photolibrary

Now, I’ve never seen the Easter Bunny, but I do appreciate the chocolate eggs he (or she) brings every year. The shiny foil which those eggs come in is just the start of the magic as far as I’m concerned.

I like to think of the Easter Bunny being a lot like the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, rushing around in a hap-hazard manner trying to deliver Easter Eggs, hiding them in obscure places ready for a traditional Easter … continue reading ››

Spring brings wonderfully tricky fox cubs

Syringe feeding young fox cub © RSPCA

Fox rehabilitation at Stapeley Grange

- Michelle Bite (wildlife assistant, Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre)

With the weather getting warmer and days becoming longer it’s apparent that spring is here. For staff at the RSPCA wildlife centres this brings hard work with the arrival of lots of orphans. This includes plenty of fox cubs, which we have the wonderful but tricky challenge of rearing and returning to the wild.

Cubs are usually born in March. A few weeks later they go … continue reading ››

Can pets be vegetarian?

Kennel worker dishing up food © RSPCA

Around the country there is a growing interest in feeding pets a vegetarian diet, out of concern for farmed animals.

There are a couple of things to consider regardless of whether you are feeding your pet a meat based diet or a vegetarian diet. We would encourage you to consider the welfare of the animals used to make the meat, or the chickens and cows that produce any eggs and milk included in vegetarian foods.

Before making the switch … continue reading ››