Vet’s hospital is on call to help injured wild animals

Vet Marie-Pierre Puech releases a bird back into wild

Marie-Pierre Puech is a vet on a mission. With two staff members and a team of dedicated volunteers, she has been running a hospital for wild animals for the last 10 years. 

She said: “The first year we treated 80 wild animals and birds... in 2018 it was nearly 3,000. Around 85% of them are birds, and the rest are hedgehogs, rabbits, foxes, toads, badgers, moles. You name it, we treat them!”

Marie-Pierre was born in Algeria into a family which had lived there for three generations, but moved back to France to study at the Grenoble veterinary school.

She moved to the Cévennes 30 years ago.

“I wanted to support nomadic shepherds who still raised sheep in this area.

“It’s important to live in harmony with nature, rather than behave as mere consumers who are destroying it,” she said.

She founded the association Goupil Connexion 20 years ago, originally to run a club, Connaître et Protéger la ...

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