Friday, October 28, 2011

Video of the Ravens down in Kanab

I'm posting a video, that Carmen sent me from the Wild Friends department at Best Friends Animal Society down in Kanab, Utah. Since we work together now and then on a variety of wildlife related issues, I had asked her to take these two as we were running out of room here and needed to move someone. Their 'rehab' is essentially done, we are just waiting for the female's (Marie) feathers to molt out and grow back as some idiot had cut them and make her a "pet".
Marie is the vocal one on the right hand side. I sure miss them.


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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