Sunday, July 19, 2009

And on it goes and where did this heat come from?

Hey everyone,
It's been pretty steady here, releases and new patients.
I'll update first.
All the original rock squirrels are now released. We loved them and kissed them and gave them lot's of reassurance. Still, it was hard. I hope they'll make lots of little baby squirrels.

The other two rock squirrels from Salt Lake are doing great. My grandson named them Berry and Acorn. They are down to 3 feedings of squirrel formula a day and eating well on their own the rest of the time. Their teeth and jaws are finally mature enough to crack hard shells on nuts. Aren't they cute! They get a variety of food every day, just like the others did.
We're still caring for 2 non-releasable robins. I'm hoping to send them to Florida, but it's not a sure thing. It's getting very expensive feeding them. Both have wing injuries that prevent perfect flight so therefore cannot go back to the wild.
Unfortunately the transfer for Shu to Pennsylvania was denied. There was something about the persons permits there that my region in Denver disapproved of. Very frustrating. Now we start at square one all over!
The newest Eagle, Rojo, is doing very well. He is very aggressive and holds his own in the flight with the other four eagles.
Ivy will go up to the vets here in a couple of weeks and I hope, the pins in her wing can finally be removed. Remember, this is the third set of pins.
Fremont's amputation is still healing. He's doing well and gets along well with the other eagles.
Zuma still has some swelling below the injury on that one wing. Hopefully this will resolve itself with time, which we have plenty of.
Cleopatra's tests came back. No heavy metal poisoning and the other chemistry's looked good. The skin biopsy also came back and it is some sort of allergic reaction. Odd!
When I take her in to Salt Lake to have her eye's looked at by a specialist, I will also have them look at that area of her skin. The clinic has eye and skin specialists for animals. Great, huh!
Her feathers sure look rough where the skin is irritated and thick. They also have an odd shape to them.
I've included pictures of the two birds seized by wildlife resources here in Price from a scary falconer. The Harris hawk is the dark brown bird and the other is the Prairie falcon. The state agreed with my assessment and has given me permission to carry out my plans for the two birds.
This will take some time as each bird has different needs. I'll keep you posted on their situations.
We also got in an adult male Peregrine falcon two days ago. He has some trauma to his right wing. It's bruised and swollen so it's hard to tell without an x-ray if it's broken, so I'll need to take him to the vet's to get that done. He's a little thin since he couldn't get off the ground to hunt. Right now we are tube feeding him. Tomorrow, I hope to start him on some cleaned meat (no feathers, fur or bones). He's just beautiful. I've included his picture in this post. We've named him Lionus as he is always pulling his blankets out from his kennel when we need to take him out to feed.
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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.

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