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Hedgehogs, Bats, And Turtles: Nature Trust Received 400 Calls For Wildlife Rescue This Year

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The Wildlife Rescue team at Nature Trust has just announced that it received over 400 calls for wildlife rescues since the beginning of this year.

From those 400, 287 of those calls were to rescue hedgehogs, 50 calls for bats, four calls to rescue shrews, 13 calls to rescue turtles, and 30 calls to rescue snakes. 

The rescue line of the organisation is very busy taking daily calls; from rescuing hedgehogs found injured or unwell, shrews stuck in glue traps, to lizards and geckos, marine turtles caught in floating debris, or hit by boats or with ingested hooks, and dolphins with injuries.

A distribution map was also presented, showing the way hedgehogs are spread out all over Malta and which locations they tend to be found.

Distribution map for hedgehogs

Distribution map for hedgehogs

In the last two years,  Nature Trust has also noted an increase in Bat calls since the current heat waves caused by climate change are impacting these animals and many are dropping while flying to catch their food, due to dehydration. 

Another positive increase has been noted in local snake calls.  This is even more positive since while some people still are afraid of these harmless reptiles yet they are calling Nature Trust’s lines to rescue them rather than kill them.

The organisation also noted how since its conception back in the 90s, the number of calls has been on an increase, showing the public’s awareness on the rise.

Apart from collecting this wildlife and taking them to our vets and rehabilitating them to release them back into the wild, NTM is also collecting valuable data on the distribution of these animals.

Their research also expands towards pollution health, identifying new problems the wildlife faces and other relevant data all of which contribute to scientific research.

Nature Trust once again reminds the public that the Wildlife Rescue Emergency Number is +356 9999 9505, which is for all terrestrial local mammals and reptiles.

For domestic animal rescue, the public is to call Animal Welfare on 1717 and for birds to call Birdlife Malta on +35679255697

Anyone who can dedicate some five to ten hours a week and help the unit as a Wildlife rescue Volunteer is to send an email to [email protected] with the subject Wildlife Rescue Volunteer

Well done for all the efforts Nature Trust Malta!

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Sasha is interested in investigating environmental matters, humans and art. Some know her as Sasha tas-Sigar. Inspired by nature and the changing world. Follow her on Instagram at @saaxhaa and send her your stories at [email protected]

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