Monday, December 24, 2012

Ho Ho Ho and the snow keeps falling and the wind keeps blowing

It's rehabbings slow season, but that doesn't mean we aren't getting in patients in need.  These are two of our newest, a Great Horned owl that was hit by a vehicle in Salt Lake county and cannot see due to the trauma.  We hope that she will regain some sight, but at this point, it's obvious that she will be non-releasable.  Such a sad way for her way of life to end for her.  If some vision returns, we hope to put her into an educational program.  Only time will tell.
Another little angel is our new young pigeon.  She was found and brought to us by animal control.  She has been burned on the top of her head.  It looks like an electrocution, but there is no exit wound, so we are not sure how this came to be.  She is doing quite well and is eating on her own and new feathers have started to grow in.  No broken bones, just this injury.  Odd......

The patients come year round and we work year round, 7 days a week.  If you appreciate the work we do and understand that only wildlife rehabilitators work with injured or orphaned wildlife, then please support our work as it is all accomplished through donations from people like you.  All state and federal wildlife agencies bring us our patients, along with other agencies and the public as well.  This is where the connection ends.  These animals are brought to us because 'they need something'.  All medical care is provided by us, the wildlife rehabilitators and if necessary, surgery is performed by the veterinarians we work with.  There is great expense involved. 
Thank you for your continued support for the wildlife................

Merry Christmas,

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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