8:40 am October 10, 2021
Norfolk is one of the country’s most important locations for wildlife, with its diverse habitat bringing many species to the area.
Having such a variety of wildlife also means that over the years there have been many occasions when people have had to step in and rescue an injured or distressed animal.
These fascinating images from the archives recall times when animals were rescued in the county.
Shirley Walbancke was an important part of the Horse Rescue Fund, which has rescued, rehabilitated and accommodated horses in distress in Norfolk and Suffolk for over 30 years.
They continue their work to this day at their HQ in Beccles at Woodstock Farm.
Many of their horses lead happy lives by participating in competitions, and spectators are unaware of the difficulties encountered by horses earlier in their lives.
Norfolk is home to another successful horse welfare charity, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, in Hapton near Norwich.
Recently, Redwings gained national attention after the terrible story of Phoenix, who suffered terrible burns in an attack. Fortunately, Phoenix is on the verge of recovery and appears to be doing well.
The RSPCA works tirelessly to ensure that animals care for injured animals and promote animal welfare. In 1988 this box of kittens was placed in the care of RSPCA Norfolk after their abandonment.
Norfolk is home to many different bird species, with a number of migratory birds traveling the area each year.
Swans are a common feature of rivers, lakes, and ponds in the county, and they can often do silly things and need to be rescued.
Here Len Baker of the Swan Rescue Service is pictured with a handful of cygnets he rescued in 1988.
The Norfolk coast is home to one of the largest seal colonies in the country. Unfortunately for seals, they can often get trapped in abandoned nets or be injured at sea.
They are incredible creatures who deserve respect.
Over the past year there have been several cases of seals harassed by the public on Norfolk beaches.
This year several seals have been caught in plastic toys or discarded fishing nets on Norfolk beaches. We need to take care of our animals more than ever and it is sad to see so many people in distress.
Do you remember any great times when wildlife was rescued in Norfolk?
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