Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Time for an update...........

Hello all
Time to get everyone brought up to speed.
Last Wednesday, the 18th of March, I took Fremont, our male golden eagle into our vet. I didn't like the way his wrist injury was looking. We've had problems with that all along. The break was comprised of so many bones, repair was iffy at best.

When the vet in Payson looked at it, he immediately started pulling the pins out of it. They were loose and not really doing any good at all. There had always been a drainage from that surgical site, and we have done our best to keep that clean and medicated when we felt it necessary. Unfortunately, the bone was dying in that area, while the surrounding tissue looked great.
The decision was make to amputate that portion, loosing his primary feathers in the amputation. If you'll recall, Fremont is going to the Zuni people as a non-releasable bird.
I think this was the best decision and he's getting along just fine. He's probably free of some pain from the bones that wouldn't fuse and heal and those loose pins.
We put him out into the flight pen with the girls, Glory and Ivy. He's back on pain meds and antibiotics. We're changing his bandages every 4-5 days and happy with the progress.

Tomorrow, Walter, the turkey vulture, will be headed for his new home in Phoenix, Arizona. He will go with another turkey vulture, that one is from Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, also non-releasable. They will be going to a facility called Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center. We will get pictures of the transfer (my leg of it) and post those later. I hope he'll have a wonderful life, hanging out with other vultures, as he would in the wild.
I hope everyone likes the new look for the blogsite. I discovered this talented man from another blogsite and emailed him. He was gracious to do this for my group and I am so pleased!
Please go to his link to see his wonderful works. Thanks again Klaus!
Picture order is as follows: top pics, Connie exercising Shu, our sub-adult male bald eagle
middle pics, Ivy and Glory, female golden eagles
last pic, Ivy, Glory and Fremont, all in the flight cage

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A quick post..................

Hello All,
This post will be very short. I'll update more tomorrow.
If you live with cats or dogs, please go to the website
This is a website created as a fundraiser for the next 30 days. A local
lady offered this opportunity to raise money for the wildlife. Second
Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation get to keep 25% of all sales. Those who
purchase $50 or more, will get their names put into a drawing for an
animal gift basket worth at least $40.
Thanks everyone,

Saturday, March 14, 2009

TIME FOR AN UPDATE..................

Well, let's get caught up on what's been happening here.
Still waiting on the Zuni's for Glory, but now she has a 'room mate'. We moved Ivy in with Glory this week after Ivy's vet appointment.

We took her in on Wednesday the 11th for possible removal of her pins, but the x-ray wasn't good. She has healed
only on part of the fracture. One end has slipped and is not together any longer. There wasn't perfect positioning from the get-go, but it was as good as could be done. But now the bones are side-to-side at the one end of the fracture. The vet, removed the old pins as they had bent and now there was movement around them, not providing the support needed. He basically had to perform another surgery with new and bigger pins screwed into the bone. There was a dead piece of bone that was removed, shortening the length of her ulna. This isn't good, so right now, we're looking at least another 8 weeks with these new pins and device in place. I felt her emotional situation warranted that we move her into larger quarters even though we still don't want her moving that wing a whole lot, but at this point, her mental state is my main concern.
I'm giving her some pain medication every day and tomorrow, I'm going to wrap that wing for some support. She did eat on her own yesterday (I watched her) so that is a good sign, but I can tell she is still in pain. I hope we can get her through this. This is one tough girl!

We have been exercising Shu every other day. I'd like to have him out in the flight as well, but balds and Golden's don't always do well together and Shu, well, he's just a poop anyway, so I'm not going to chance it.

Fremont, the male golden eagle, hit by a coal truck, is healing slowly. I'm concerned about the color of his skin around the injury area near the elbow joint. I'm going to get him into the vet to have
it evaluated. He has been eating very well and other then his injury areas healing slowly, he looks good.
Walter, the turkey vulture, hopefully will be placed in a facility in Arizona soon. Apparently, there is an educational facility or two that are looking for turkey vultures and Best Friends and I both have non-releasable turkey vultures (one a piece), so this may work for Walter. I know he'll like the weather much better down there. We should find out if that is what will happen in the next couple of weeks.
It also looks like my Swainson's hawk, Fire, will be placed in an educational facility in New York. They already have a great-horned owl of mine, so we're just waiting on paperwork, again!

This is a busy time of year for wildlife rehabilitators, so please, find one in your area and call them. Even if you can't donate a large amount, ask them what they need. Every dollar adds up and there are things that we go through like crazy that we always need. Go buy them some paper towels or go to your local vet's office and buy them some gauze or syringes. You'll get a smile and a big 'thank-you' and from our standpoint, it helps us remember that there are those who care out there, though few and far between. They just may be ready to pull their hair out due to frustration and then there you are with a box of supplies, YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you don't know how to find your local wildlife rehabilitator, call your state's wildlife agency and they will tell you.
Enjoy the pictures, just took them yesterday. I hope I have them lined up in proper order.

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