Dauphiné for children. I’m interested in nature: the game hospital

Photo Le Tichodrome

Photo Le Tichodrome

It looks like a hospital, with a diagnosis and treatment room, several hospitals, quarantine and rest areas … At the Tichodrome, the game rescue center in Gua, in Isère, one should not make noise and whisper, so as not to disturb the peace of the animals.

Here we collect birds (passerines, birds of prey, etc.) and small mammals (hedgehogs, squirrels, dorms, wild rabbits, bats, etc.) that have been injured or are orphaned.

Photo Le Tichodrome

Photo Le Tichodrome

Treat them, do not pamper them

These wild animals are cared for and fed, sometimes for several weeks before returning to their natural environment. “In the summer, we get a lot of storm swallows, a migratory species. We have to make them grow very fast, thanks to the feeding, so they can get going again,” explains Elorine, who works at the Tichodrome.

“But taking care of them does not mean caressing them,” warns his colleague, Marie-Amélie. In order to survive afterwards in the wild, these animals do not have to get used to humans. As soon as they get better, they are released. It is important to do this where they were found because some species, like roots, are territorially linked. »

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Photo Le Tichodrome

A seriously injured youth has been rescued

Together with his team, Laëtitia treats hundreds of wildlife every year. Among all the small residents she cared for, this animal keeper especially remembers a very seriously injured fox. “He was caught in a poaching trap and had very little chance of getting out. But with the vets we work with, and thanks to many treatments, we managed to save him. He stayed more than a month at the Tichodrome, which is a very, very long time for this species. “

When the kid was fully cared for and therefore able to live in the wild again, the kid was released back to his environment.

Photo Le Tichodrome

Photo Le Tichodrome

Not so easy

Not easy to handle and care for wild animals in captivity. “Although we are very careful, they are often very stressed,” Marie-Amélie explains. But some have their technique to counter this fear. The red kite, for example, pretends to be dead, it does not move. »

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Photo Adobe Stock

How are they harmed?

Contrary to many people’s beliefs, a baby on the ground does not necessarily need help: some leave the nest before they can fly! It is important to observe him closely to see if he is injured. If it seems healthy to you, you should only move it in case of danger if it risks being run over e.g.

Injuries to wildlife are very often related to human activity. Sometimes the birds hit glass windows, electrified lines, cables and even cars or trains. They are also hunted a lot by cats, which are large predators. Mammals, on the other hand, are stuck in barbed wire or in traps set by humans.

© Martin Mecnarowski / Wikimedia Commons

© Martin Mecnarowski / Wikimedia Commons

What about large animals?

If you encounter injured large mammals, such as deer or lynx, call the fire brigade (18). In Jura, Athena’s game rescue center specializes in collecting heavy losers. Here, too, they are cared for before being released into the wild.

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To help an animal

If you find an injured wild animal while walking in the woods or in the mountains, avoid touching it and picking it up. Call the nearest wildlife rescue center: on the phone, someone will explain to you exactly what to do to help him.

To help a bird or a small mammal you can call Isère Le Tichodrome 7 days a week, on 04 57 13 69 47 or 06 25 20 27 69. The center is not open to visitors. You can only place one animal there.

The game rescue center in Isère bears the name of a small mountain bird. The tichodrome is recognizable with its large red spots and large white dots on the wings. It has a long, slightly curved beak and often inhabits ravines, cliffs and steep walls.

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