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Debbie Nelson

Debbie Nelson

The four blackbirds Debbie rescued

The four blackbirds Debbie rescued

Debbie Doolittle's Wild Life

The Pied Wagtail

The Pied Wagtail

Debbie Doolittle's Wild Life

Debbie Nelson

Four tiny blackbird babies have been rescued by Northern Ireland's very own wildlife hero 'Debbie Dolittle', who has been saving animals since 1984.

The blackbirds, whose mother was killed by a cat, were removed from their nest after Debbie - whose real surname is Nelson - said the father could not warm the chicks and find food at the same time.

"It's not always an easy decision to make but, under the circumstances, there was little choice or we would have to leave them to die," she told the Belfast Telegraph.

Debbie said on Facebook that the birds were frozen cold "to the point I thought they were dead" when she rescued them from the nest, and that she was worried one might die before she took them home.

Debbie used a woolly hat as a substitute nest and put it in a box near a heat source.

She described it as "expensive, hard work" but added that it was "very rewarding to release them back into the wild for a chance at a natural life".

She explained: "They have also been joined by a little pied wagtail chick and are all happily snuggled together."

To help fund her sanctuary, Debbie accepts donations from the public.

"They are being fed every 20 minutes and taking four to five juicy live waxworms at a time each.

"A tub of 250 waxworms can cost around £8 to £10 and, as you can imagine, they go through an awful lot of food.

"Last spring and summer, there were approximately 550 baby birds of all different types."

For help rescuing wildlife, school visits or organising wildlife events, contact Debbie at info@debbiedoolittleswildlife.co.uk or 02890825742

Belfast Telegraph