Sunday, January 3, 2010

I can't believe how cold it's been..............

Hello everyone. Well here in Utah things are all frozen. I don't remember the last time I saw the sun and anything above 31* seems down right balmy!

Well, the new Prairie falcon is doing well. I am concerned, however, that he isn't putting on and holding the weight like he should. He may possibly have more internal parasites that the medications didn't take care of. I plan on getting a fecal sample from him and having that checked.

His wounds are healing nicely. We'll have to wait and see if feathers regrow over the injured area. Of course, that will determine his releasability.

DWR also brought us a cottontail that was
confiscated from some people that had been keeping it as a pet for the last two years. Idiots! The officer actually 'thanked them' for taking 'care' of it!
I could choke some of these guys. They CREATED the problem, you don't THANK them, you prosecute them! UGH!!!!! Connie and Don have been caring for the little guy. We're going to send him to Best Friends as they have one with the same history. Hopefully, they can remind each other that they are rabbits and people aren't all that wonderful!

We also had a Belted Kingfisher come in a few weeks ago. What a beautiful bird. She had been fishing in a contaminated body of water owned by PacifiCorp and becamed oiled with this gunk.
She was drowning in freezing water when we got her. We focused on getting her body temperature up and hydrating her with warm fluids; this will also get the kidneys working harder to flush the body of the contaminants that are now absorbing into her skin.
She lasted two days, but finally died. She tried so hard, but the huge onslaught was just too much.

Things are slower as they should be this time of year. Last year at this time, it was crazy!
I have a meeting this Tuesday with the state DWR . Their policies regarding what they will and won't do to support us has become so insane that it requires a face-to-face meeting. They should be ashamed of themselves. They lie and contradict themselves over and over and when they are confronted by someone, well, you're the bad guy. But since I can speak a little more freely than most other rehabilitators, I will. I hope I accomplish something, but if history has anything to say about it, well, things will stay the same, maybe with one or two less rehabilitators however.

Keep you fingers crossed for all of us,

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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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