Sunday, November 11, 2012

Just a quick update on a few things going on.

So, we are still working on a few transfers of non-releasable birds that we feel would make good educational ambassadors.  One of those, is Danny, a Great Horned owl that came in to us, already missing a portion of one of his wings.  This poor guy had been living by scavenging things off of the ground.  His talons were dull showing he had been on the ground for some time.  He was thin and dehydrated.  We couldn't do anything about the wing as it had happened some time before him being discovered.  We did make sure infection would not take hold and provided him with food and other nutritional support.  He will be going to Missouri and a group that provides educational programs to the public.  Danny has the perfect temperament for this.  The paperwork is in the works.

We also have a new Red-Tail hawk that came in after being found in a field in Emery county.  She is a first year bird, with a swollen left foot and an abrasion higher up on her leg.  She also has a fracture in the wrist of her left wing.  At this point she appears non-releasable.  She most definitely needs an x-ray to determine this.

Little Mojo had her x-rays and her injuries
are not healed.  In fact, she has a fracture in the 'hand' portion of her left wing and her left humerus. 
She needs more healing time.  The fracture in her humerus is midline, which is good if you have to have a fracture, but more time is needed.  She's not happy.  Poor little girl is surely missing her mate. 
We have several groups interested in our Ferruginous hawk for their educational programs.  Right now we are getting paperwork around to those expressing serious interest in Layla.  She is doing so well right now and we couldn't be happier for her.
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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