Archive | July, 2012

Critters, Critters, Critters!

29 Jul

We’ve had a busy, busy, busy July with a few new animals that were admitted and a whole ton of programming! YAHOOOO!!!!

Barn Owl:

He’s doing great! As soon as we reinforce our outdoor cages (we’ve had some heavy raccoon activity as of late) we will be him outside to see how well he can fly. Our fingers are crossed!!!!

If i move fast enough you’ll never get a picture of me!!!

Juvenile Barred Owl:

A male Barred Owl was brought in on Thursday after being hit by a car. After an exam, we found no broken bones and no signs of any internal bleeding. He spent the first night laying down and sleeping it off, but is now perching and eating on his own. WOOO!!!!

Before

After

 

Juvenile Kestrel:

This little one was moved outside after spending a couple of weeks being fostered by our resident kestrels, which caused a lot of squawking over who got the best perch. Because she kept squeezing inbetween the netting and the cage we did move her back inside, but she is flying just fine!!!

Juvenile Barred Owl:

This guy came in with cloudy eyes and has been getting eye drops ever since. They definitely  have cleared up, so his prognosis is looking good!

If I puff myself up real big maybe she’ll go away!

Red-Tail Hawk:

The Red Tail that came in last week after being hit by a car that caused damage to his eye is looking good! One of his eyes were filled with blood, but I am happy to say that today it looked clear! Time will tell if he can see out of it!

I can see clearly now that the blood is gone. (At least we’re hoping!)

Great Horned Owl:

Thursday a Great Horned was found in someone’s back yard looking injured. After an exam it was clear that the poor fella hadn’t ate in over a week. Its right foot was swollen and it somehow had been sprayed by a skunk. My theory is that the critter tried to eat the skunk and was injured, which stopped him from being able to hunt. As bad as he was he survived the next two days, but finally succumbed to his injuries over the night. ­čśŽ

 

 

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RIP Montecore our Eastern Tiger Salamander

16 Jul

Today was a sad day for the Wildlife Staff because our Tiger Salamander passed away. We had been noticing that her good eye was a little swollen and she had a cut on her leg, but we had been treating it. On Friday I couldn’t get her to eat and normally I wouldn’t think anything of it (she’s always been a picky eater) but because of her injuries lately I made sure that our other wildlife staff member tried to feed her on Saturday. Sadly there was nothing we could have done.

Montecore came to us in the fall of 2006 where her left eye was swollen. She ended up loosing that eye as a result. She was a major part of our Blandford on the Road programs educating kids about amphibians. She will be greatly missed!

In other news, a juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk came into today after it was hit by a car on North 131. He has┬á a swollen left eye that blood has pooled in. We’ve started him on eye drops and hope that his eye can be saved.

A view of the Red Tail’s good eye. The other is swollen shut.

Up to Date Rehab Critter Log

13 Jul

I just thought that I would give an up-to-date list of the animals we are currently rehabbing at the moment. Any animals that you may have seen on here previously and are not on this have either been released, become a permanent resident, or died. If you have any questions about a previous animals that you don’t see just let me know!

1. Barn Owl: He is doing awesome! He still isn’t eating every night, but on most occasions he is. Sometime next week he should be getting out into an outdoor cage and building up his wing strength. Once there we will assess his ability to fly, perch, and capture live prey. We will use this assessment to be able to determine whether he is suitable for release. He’s come along way, but now the hard part starts.

The Barn Owl doing his defensive stance and hissing.

2. Cooper’s Hawk

The Cooper’s Hawk came in with what looked like an old wing injury. He’ll be going out to our outdoor rehab cages to see if he can fly.

3. American Kestrel: Female Kestrel came in with a head injury and is being fostered by our resident Kestrels.

4. American Kestrel: This little girl came in with a head injury. Our resident Kestrels are fostering her.That means four Kestrels in one cage. (3 females and a male…boy do I feel bad for Falco!)

5. Box Turtles:
The male came in because of an ear infection and the female because she was found where someone didn’t want her. They will be released together when the male is ready.

6. Juvenile Barred Owl:
This little guy came in with cloudy eyes…any of that sound familiar? This is exactly how Baby, our resident Barred Owl, came in over a year ago.

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