Saving baby weasels in 2023 at ELM Wildlife

This is a little premature as we haven’t found land to purchase yet, to build a new centre; to save ELM Wildlife from closing. I feel it’s better to be proactive, so we are pushing forward with our channel on YouTube @elmwildlife and hoping for the best. With this in mind, we would like to get our channel Monetized by YouTube, this means that once we are Monetized, we’ll get a small amount of money for each video watched; this will help us to purchase new equipment. To Monetize our Channel, we must build an audience of at least 1000 Subscribers and accrue 4000 watch hours. I know you know what’s coming, but if you can help us, we will try our hardest to produced more videos, which we hope you will enjoy; we also hope that producing more videos will improve the quality over time, with new editing skills and better equipment.

To help, all you need to do is the following.

• Please watch the video from start to finish at normal speed as this will count towards Channel hours watched.
• Please click the “Like” button
• Then click on the “Subscribe” button.
• If you click the icon, you will be informed when we post a new video.
• You could then share the video on Facebook or which other platform you use, if you enjoyed it.
• With time there will be more videos on our Channel for you to view, by following and watching our videos; you will help build our Channel. Thank you for your help.

For those of you not familiar with YouTube, I hope this will be a fantastic new experience for you; I love watching the different Channels that people have created and find it a great source of information.
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This is the video story of Bean and Sprout who were brought into us at ELM Wildlife. Bean was was a couple of days old when he came to us, Sprout was roughly 5 weeks old when he came in. Although Sprout came in 3 weeks after Bean, he was developmentally behind due to malnutrition, which meant they were a pretty good match.
We’d been searching around the UK for another weasel that had been rescued, to keep Bean company; this may seem strange as they are solitary animals in the wild. Sometimes while being in captivity there is a lack of stimulation due to minimal human interaction; it is important to minimise human interaction with animals, so a companion can help avoid developmentally issues due to boredom. I thought that I was going to have to drive around 200 miles to pick up another young weasel that we’d found online; but then we get a late-night phone call asking if we could take a stoat. Thankfully not a stoat and we were so relieved when Sprout arrived.

As they had to be kept separately from the hedgehogs, we had to transport them every day, to and from the centre; this created problems with a truck full of hoglets and nowhere for anyone to sit. Thankfully, time came for their final enclosure and Jacky built an ingenious Soft Release enclosure out of an old brick shed; this is the enclosure you can see at the end of the video. We’d all like to thank Bloor Homes for allowing us to use their abandoned stable as a release site for the weasels and foxes we had in this year; I’ll try and put a video together about the foxes.

Two weeks on from Bean and Sprouts release, they are still coming back for food; less as time goes on, which is a good sign that they are catching their own food. We know it’s them coming back, because we keep catching glimpses of them back in the enclosure.

You can’t help but get attached to them after all the hard work put in, so it is always a bittersweet experience when release comes around; unfortunately, this is the price you pay emotionally when wanting casualties to go free and live life, as they should. Although sad to see them go, we take comfort in the fact that they have a chance at life. I hope that everyone who works, volunteers and supports ELM Wildlife, feels the same way.

Thank you all for watching.

Also, thanks to the following for the music provided:

A New Orleans Crawfish Boil by Unicorn Heads

Inner Light by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. /
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Venkatesananda by Jesse Gallagher

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