Monday, January 18, 2010

Goodbye bunny..........

Greetings on this wet, cold snowy day. At least it did something rather than be just cold and dreary. My kitty cats are hating it however, as are the chickens!

Well the Prairie falcon, Arie, is doing well and has been moved outside full-time now. His weight is staying up nicely. We're just waiting to see if that traumatized area regrows new feathers. Those feathers are crucial for his survival in the wild. So in the meantime, he's just hanging out and happy we are not having to catch him everyday to move him outside and inside (and so are we)!
Remember, falcons bite!

As for the bunny situation, I met Carmen from Best Friends in Green River, Utah as she was driving back from Wisconsin, visiting her family over the holidays, on her way back to Kanab, Utah, and sent the bunny with her to hang out with their bunny in the same situation. I think their going to be just fine and then get a chance at being free and wild sometime in the spring. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Another reminder, PEOPLE, don't bring home wildlife and make them pets! If you find something orphaned, call you wildlife department if you don't know of a licensed wildlife rehabilitator yourself. DON'T take something to the 'lady down the street who LOVES animals' either, ONLY a licensed wildlife rehabilitator has the skills and training to keep it wild while helping it! There, I've said my piece, once again! I hate fixing screw ups that are preventable!

Now, for the new stuff.

We got in a female Northern Flicker about a week ago. These guys are just beautiful. They are a woodpecker. We have several species of woodpeckers here in Utah. This poor little girl tangled with something big, as her injuries were just horrible. Her left wing and leg were broken beyond repair, with bones sticking out. The decision was make to euthanize her since these injuries were all major and unrepairable. I've included pictures, both alive and one, after her death to show (it's difficult to make out the details) the extent of the injuries under her left wing. I hope she's now flying free beyond this life she knew. We stayed with her until she passed.

We also got in a new eagle. She is an adult Golden that came out of Emery county, not far from where I live. She was found in the County dump. She has several different injuries. The injury to her left foot appears to be from a jaw trap. A trap was not seen, but the injury suggests that one was on her foot at some point. Law enforcement is now involved. My experience with these disgusting traps (and the people that use them) is when they catch something other than what was intended, they take whatever it is, out and then just leave it there, regardless of what it is or it's condition. I'm sure in most cases, death results, but some, like this eagle, was seen 'running' around in the dump and was easily caught because of the injury. There appears to be some head trauma and trauma to the left wing as well. I'm not sure how this occurred as the dump is on a dirt road, far away from the main highway, according to some folks I've spoken with about the dumps' location.
We started her on medications for infection and pain. We also took her into my vet's office to have that foot x-rayed. There are no broken bones in that foot, but there is soft tissue damage. Now, do we have tendons or ligaments involved? Only time will tell as the foot and a couple of the toes are swollen. Today, we moved her outside for the daytime. She is not eating willingly either. This could be for a number of reasons, so I'm not too concerned at this point. We will just keep pushing the food down her until she takes it willingly.

We also got in a new robin today. This bird was found by a gal in Provo, Utah while taking a drive up Provo canyon. She noticed something and pulled over to see a Raven attacking this robin. The Raven flew off as she pulled over and she picked up the robin and realised she was in bad shape. She made contact with me last night and despite a terrible snow storm in the canyon between her and me, she drove here this morning so the bird could get the medical attention she greatly needed. The robin has head injuries and was scalped by the Raven. I love Ravens, but they can be very naughty. Hopefully we can save her. Our thanks to Christa for taking the time to drive her to me in a very dangerous snowy canyon.

Enjoy the pictures included with today's post!

Thanks everyone,

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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