Submitted by Steve on 14:33, 1st Jun, 2021 | 0

Last Thursday the GSPCA was called during a rising tide to one of the outcrops at Bordeaux Harbour to rescue a snake.

The grey and black  photos of the animals were sent to the GSPCA Animal Ambulance Warden Suzy Rose who called the GSPCA Manager and informed the States Vet.

The pictures were scrutinised by many of the team and although some concerns were raised we are here to help animals and a plan was made to venture to the grassy outcrop of rocks when the next low tide occurred during daylight hours.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “While on night duty last Thursday GSPCA Volunteer Animal Ambulance Warden Suzy Rose had a call and was sent some pictures of what looked like a possible snake on a grassy rock outcrop at Bordeaux Harbour.”

“Many will remember the investigation to the possible snake sightings at L’Ancresse Common in June 2016 and we help dozens of stray reptiles every year, especially during the warmer months.”

“The pictures we were sent made for some very sceptical frowns including myself but while we were making plans we found out that although it was a snake skin it was actually a geocache site.”

“Thankfully we found out before we ventured over and at least we now know for any future calls.”

“Every year we have calls to rescue animals that aren’t actually animals and many will remember the dead cat that was actually a hand puppet and the bird of prey in a football net which was a plastic statue.”

“Saying this we do help 1000’s of animals every year needing our help and without donations and support we couldn’t do so much.”

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Hand puppet story -

Suzy Rose GSPCA Volunteer Animal Ambulance Warden said “We never know what we are going to be called out to with the GSPCA Animal Ambulance.”

“Last Thursday we had a call to an alleged snake at Bordeaux.”

“Thankfully we found out it was a geocache before we made the journey to the rocky outcrop which can only be reached during low tide.”

Steve continues “Our Volunteer Ambulance Wardens are amazing and helped ensure our 24/7 for nearly 50 years and being Volunteers Week we must thank them for all they do.”

“We are always looking for those wanting to volunteer as an ambulance warden but this needs a commitment often of 6pm until 8am or weekend days.”

“If you can help please go call me on 257261 or email [email protected] .”

“With few fund raisers and next to no boarding due to lockdown the GSPCA income has been hit hard and we need your support now more than ever.”

“There are many ways you can help support our vital 24/7 work and donate or raise funds for the hundreds of animals in our care.”

“With over 140 hedgehogs, 3 seal pups, dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, fish, reptiles and many birds we help over 3000 animals through the doors every year.”

“With so many animals in our care we would love you to join our sponsor scheme to help us each month.”

“Just a couple of pounds each month can make a massive difference in helping the animals in our care and to find out more please go to .”

“To make a donation you can go to .”  

“We couldn’t do so much without your support and here a few ideas of how you can help us help animals in Guernsey.”


Donate by calling  01481 257261, by post to GSPCA, Rue des Truchots, St Andrews, Guernsey GY6 8UD or online

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