Sunday, January 4, 2009

Another cold day...........

Time to update everyone. First off, the red-tail hawk that came in from Moab with the broken leg that had already healed (we named him Lefty) will be transferred tomorrow (Monday) to Moab and he should be released Tuesday morning the 6th of January. He's be doing well and his weight is up so it's time for him to go. We got rid of all those nasty lice as well.
As for Glory, the non-releasable golden eagle, I'll be speaking with the Zuni people this week and find out the status of her transfer. There is a great deal of paperwork on both ends so this takes some time. I hope for her sake we are close.
In this post I am including the photo's my vet took of Shu's surgery. He seems to be doing better. All of his meds have been discontinued. He is getting some meat during the day and so far, has kept it all down. He is still getting tubed with a specialized diet called Carnivore Care so between the two he seems to be digesting things better. Once he is eating completely on his own a 'wild' diet we can move him outside to a holding mew. They are not very large and the idea is to minimize movement. We use these for a number of reasons and needs. Shu needs to be kept still as to not burn off any calories he can't afford to burn and also to keep that pinned wing still so it heals properly. If he has too much movement, the surgery will have been for nothing!
His abdominal wound feels and looks much better as well.

I've included a picture of a holding mew. It is the smaller one in front of the the larger mew. Below is a picture of all that was removed from Shu in his surgery. He lost pieces of pancreas and liver due to the damage internally. There are some wing images and one abdominal. Notice on the wing shots, if you look close, you can see the broken humerus sticking out.

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Feathered brothers and sisters, you came to us broken and as you bled…….we saw you desperate, dehydrated, desiccated, diseased, distressed, emaciated, famished, frayed, frightened, helpless, hungry, ragged, ravenous, shaken, shocked, shot, sickly, stressed, stunned, tattered, thirsty, traumatized, torn, weary and wounded. Defiantly, you stood us off with your last breath as we tried to tend to you. We saw you come in as cute, naked, fuzzy, cuddly youth, as mischievous, defiant adolescents, as fierce, regal rulers of the sky and as cunning, maimed elders whose time on earth was almost done. You endeared yourselves to us, bit us, charmed us, footed us, delighted us, hissed at us, talked to us, mantled at us, and graced us with your presence.

Some of you mended and were able to go on your way, never looking back. Some of you were injured in ways that prevented you from going, so you stayed with us to teach us…….And we came to love you. Others were too far gone, and you went home - where you fly free from pain with the Great One. All of you have touched us, and we are changed because of you.

used with permission by Arlene Powers