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Thread: Up Close and Personal with Wildlife

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    Super Member Feathers's Avatar
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    Today my DH and I took an injured bird to our Wild Life Vet to be checked out. When we walked in Dr. was coming out of the dispensary with 2 bottles of milk in her hand and a towel. She handed them to me and asked if I'd feed the baby racoon while she checked out the injured bird. My DH took the attached pictures. Dr. also had several raptors in hospital with broken wings, injured legs and one of these is a Falcon with a broken wing. Dr. was going to remove the pins in the bird's wing this afternoon so it won't be long he'll be soaring above the clouds ...we hope!!

    The racoon likes to lay on his back, hold the bottles in his little hands and when he gets tired of sucking he just opens his mouth real wide and nudges your hand with his so you sqeeze the milk out of the bottle into his open mouth. It's so cute. When we were done he went to Dr. and tried to bury his head and nose in the sleeve of her shirt while he was settling down on his back in the crook of her arm . That was pretty cute, too.

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    How cute , he was hungry!!!

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    How wonderful that you rescued the falcon!!! The little baby racoon is adorable!! Was it hard to leave him there? I sure would have wanted to bring the little guy home!!

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    I was thinking how nice it would be to get so close to the beautiful creatures, but I'd rather they never get hurt! :cry:

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    Awww, how cute. Poor bird, hope doc can save it.

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    Baby Bird is fine. The cat didn't puncture him with claws or teeth and Dr. thinks she'll keep him for a day or two until he can fly (he's too young to fly right now but is only a day or so away from being able to) then she'll turn him lose. The racoon will be turned lose as soon as he can fend for himself. The Falcon will be set free if his wing is OK, if it isn't he'll be in a habitat at a zoo.

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    Good news! I wonder how the falcon broke his wing? Human or nature? Either way I'm grateful for that veterinarian and the zoo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste
    Good news! I wonder how the falcon broke his wing? Human or nature? Either way I'm grateful for that veterinarian and the zoo.
    I don't know how the Falcon's wing got broken. Dr. didn't have any idea either but said it may have been hit by a car or hit a power line or something like that. No bullet holes so it must have been some kind of accident.

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    Baby racoon has grown into a big racoon. He's in a habitat with 4 other raccons who were rescued, treated for injuries and are now well. They were released to the wild but chose to hang out in the trees and in the habitat at the clinic. Clinic is very rural so they are safe and happy. Dr. thinks about the time mating season starts they'll all find something else and somewhere else to go.

    Baby bird can fly and is in the bird habitat at the clinic and it can fly and be a bird but most of the summer there have been ravens hanging around so Dr. doesn't plan to release the dozen rescued robins, sparrows, etc. until the Raven's head south or north or wherever Ravens go.

    The Falcon's wing healed but he still favors it and doesn't fly well so Dr. placed him in a Raptor habitat at a local zoo. He's very happy and has room enough to fly if he chooses to.

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    How great that they are on the mend. Love it when people take care of our wild friends too!

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    Awwwwwwwwwwwww how cute (racoon) I sure hope the bird will be ok....

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    so cute!!

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    Those are really cute pics was that falcon banded? I watch ours grow up every year here in downtown cleveland and they get banded and if one comes in or is spoted and youcan make out the band they like to know. They are such cool birds. Racoons are just to darn cute for there own good.

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    Sweet ending to a bad beginning.

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    Nice pics. Wasn't it fun to feed the baby raccoon? When I was a young woman, I had the pleasure of feeding a baby bear.

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    There is no greater satisfaction than to save an animal or birds live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craftybug
    There is no greater satisfaction than to save an animal or birds live.
    I agree! We foster kitties for our animal rescue...we've got #'s 61, 62 and 63 right now. Had 64 but poor baby died of starvation a few days after we got her. All the kittens came from a hoarder who had a neighbor who hated cats so he'd catch the kitties and cut off a leg or ??. Our group brought in about 30 kitties and we're fostering 3 of them. All different sizes, different moms we're sure but a couple have the same dad we're sure as they have no tails by birth, not by cruelty. We cry when they go to their forever homes but love them while they are with us.

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    Little Bit was so sick we thought (as did the Vet) that she wouldn't make it through the night the day this picture was taken. She's fine, happy & doing great now but is still suffering from upper respiratory stuff and breathing problems.
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    You'r lucky to have a wildlife vet that close to you . I found an enjured brid ounce and I had to go across sate at a wild brid sansuray(?). took me 3 hrs to get there.

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    Sad and Happy Updates on our little orange foster kittens and our little sick tiger striped "Little Bit" kitten. Little Bit battled her respiratory problems from birth, in July 08 to mid April 09 but couldn't win the fight and died. We are heartsick and heartbroken as she was such a wonderful little girl and we'll remember her always.

    The picture with the 2 little Orange kittens, the one on the left died shortly after we got him but the one on the right was fairly healthy and we eventually learned HE was a SHE. We still have her...she went to adoption day two different times but was absolutely awful. Didn't like anyone, any other kitties, hated the cage, hissed, spit, snarled, meowed and basically made sure nobody wanted HER! We've been saying since last August when we got these kittens to foster that she was the smartest cat we ever knew ...well, she's proved that. She has the home she wants and has NO INTENTIONS of leaving or being adopted by anyone else. We're thinking she's OUR kitty. After having her almost 10 months I don't think we'll be able to let her go to anyone else. She's pretty special and very, very cute.

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    Animals are smarter than we know!!!

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    Cute!

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    Interesting how she chose her home! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    I hope your vet can save the bird. Cute picture of the baby racoon! I'm glad everything has worked out for them both!

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    So cute. He looks like a little furry baby. So good of you to rescue animals.

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    Bless you for taking care of what you can!.....:-)....xoxoxo...

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