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Another Happy Ending!

27 Apr

On April 25th, we finally got to release the Great Horned Owl that had been caught in the barbed wire fence. He was joined by about 50 school kids who were cheering him on. He flew amazingly well! A big thanks goes out to Westside Christian School, the Staal family, and to Tyler Sheldon whose donations helped get this guy back into the wild!

The Great Horned Owl who was caught in barbed wire fence is about to be released.

In the beginning of April we had our benefit to help support the animals of Blandford and I’m glad to say that it was a success! We raised about $1,200! We still have t-shirts available for purchase. The shirts have the vintage Blandford logo on the front and say, “I give a hoot about Blandford’s animals” on the back. T-shirts are $10 so stop in today and get them while they last!

UPDATE:  Now when you sponsor an animal your name will be placed on that animal’s cage. Some critters, like the Bobcat and the Saw-Whet owl, are feeling the love and have many sponsors. Others, like the Great Horned Owls and the Screech Owl, don’t have any sponsors! So, come on out and sponsor one of our animal’s and make them feel loved! Sponsorships start out at only $25 dollars!



The Newbie

9 Mar

On 3/7 a Cooper’s hawk came into us after it was found not flying in Grand Rapids. The poor critter has a open wound in its left wing, but luckily the bone doesn’t seem to be broken. We have put some ointment on it and wrapped its wing to his body. It hasn’t ate on its own yet, so wildlife staff will have to force feed it until it does.

Cooper’s Hawks are very high strung birds and will often die in the hands of rehabbers due to heart attacks. They have some of the worst injuries because they fly so fast and can turn so quickly that when they collide with things like cars or windows a lot of damage is done. These guys will often get out of their dressings by clawing at the vet wrap. This causes more damage because most of time they are also scratching up their skin as well. This was the case with our new guy who along with its original injury has another wound due to scratching. Wildlife Staff will be doing what they can to make sure it survives.

All dressed up and no where to go

Medical Mayhem!

20 Feb

On 2.19.12 we received a Musk Turtle that had been kept as an illegal pet. We quickly found that he was septic, which is fancy for saying he has bacteria infection in the bloodstream. This can be caused by environmental stresses, such as not enough heat or poor sanitation. Symptoms can include loss of weight, lethargy, and a pink/red tinted skin and plastron. Going untreated can cause death. He will be going on the same medication our rehab E. Box Turtle is on and we will be doing what we can for the critter in hopes to release him in the spring.

You can see how pink his skin and plastron (belly) are! An example of how taking an animal from the wild can be detrimental to his health!!!

Our rehab E. Box Turtle is having a rough time. He still has a fluid filled pocket under his skin that we can’t seem to get rid of. The Vet came and took a look at him and thinks he could possibly have a kidney problem. We will continue with his medicine in hopes he’ll get better.

Check out our Wildlife Rehab News board located just outside the Wildlife Center! Here you can see updates on our current rehab critters and also share a story/experience/memory you have of our recently deceased female Barred Owl. Feel free to post them here as well. I look forward to hearing all your wonderful stories. We are also taking donations in her honor!

UPDATE: Ruby, our resident Red-Tailed Hawk, is feeling much better after some TLC. She is off her medication and we are currently working on getting her leg healed up. Hopefully in the next couple weeks you will see her outdoors again.

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