With Keep Wales Tidy’s Autumn Clean Cymru underway, the RSPCA is urging members of the public to “snip the straps” from used disposable face masks.

The call comes as new figures are published highlighting the impact litter has had on animals since the start of lockdown – with RSPCA Cymru dealing with 35 incidents across the country since lockdown was first announced on 23 March*.

Dumped face masks have become a new hazard to wildlife since the pandemic started. The … Continue reading…

The RSPCA has raced to the aid of a female mallard duck struggling with sinusitis at Llangorse Lake near Brecon. 

Sinusitis refers to the infection and inflammation of the infraorbital sinuses. The inflammation was so significant on the duck’s face that members of the public spotted the bird’s plight and noticed she was having difficulty eating.

RSPCA officers rescued the duck on Wednesday (26 August), and took the animal to have the inflammation and swelling on her face drained by … Continue reading…

The RSPCA has come to the aid of a hedgehog trapped under a fence post in Cwmbran.

Local residents spotted the hedgehog on the pavement near their Beechleigh Close home, last Tuesday (18 August).

Tasha Jack and her nine-year-old son Jake went to check on the hedgehog soon afterwards – only to find the animal had got himself wedged under a nearby fence.

She said: “I was out walking with my son Jake, and we spotted the hedgehog on the … Continue reading…

An underweight and struggling Natterer’s bat found in Pontyberem has been returned to the wild following a period of rehabilitation with the RSPCA.

The bat was found by members of the public on Llannon Road in the Gwendraeth Valley village on 14 July.

He was very underweight and the RSPCA believes he had “struggled in the wild” during his early life.

The Wildlife Trusts say the Natterer’s bat is a “scarce species” in the UK, that are usually 4-5cm in … Continue reading…

Three orphaned baby hedgehogs have been returned to the wild after two months of rehabilitation and care, including being hand-reared by RSPCA officers when they were only days old.

RSPCA Cymru took the hoglets into their care after their nest in Tavernspite in Pembrokeshire was accidentally disturbed. The tiny babies were left in situ for some time in the hope their mother would return – but sadly, she never did.

The hoglets came into the RSPCA’s care on 8 June, … Continue reading…