Rescue, Rehab, Release...
And so it continues, Rescue, Rehab, Release… we have had a very busy August and baby season continues. Dozens and dozens of new babies still arrive everyday. Cottontails, Eastern gray squirrels, Douglas’s squirrels, Northern flying squirrels, and Townsend’s chipmunks – they are (hopefully) the last of the litters born this season. Fortunately, we still have 5 of our interns here to assist with the constant feedings and cleanings.
This past month we also have had more hatch year Bald eagles arrive – we are currently caring for 3 first year eagles. We have rescued animals – including the young deer above that was stuck in the fence. And yesterday, we rescued a young porcupine. It will be with us until next spring when it is old enough and ready to be released.
We have received 300 more patients this baby season, than at the same time last year. Our raccoons, coyotes, and fawns are growing and will be ready for release in the coming weeks. Once things wind down from baby season, we will start getting sick and injured animals that are not thriving this fall and winter. Then, before we know it – spring will be upon us and we will begin again.
Our fall and winter preparations are underway as well. This is our only time to do major remodeling jobs, repairs, and any new construction projects. We will finish upgrading our flooring in the clinic building. The kitchen is the next to get a makeover. After decades of use, we need to replace the cabinets and sinks. We have funds from a Washington Fish and Wildlife grant to replace the flooring, but any contributions to the rest of the remodeling project would be appreciated. Our kitchen is the hub of the clinic – food is prepared and formulas are made – dishes are washed – and our staff and volunteers can see people arriving to drop off injured or orphaned patients.
Thank you for your continued support. We could not do this without you. Watch for announcements of our 2017 calendar and ornament sales. We can ship to you or send to a friend directly as a gift. Sales will begin in October.
Patient of the Week 8/29/16 - young Porcupine - This porcupine was rescued from a yard in Marysville. A BIG HUGE thank you to our volunteer Joe for going out on this rescue. It was too scared to leave the yard after being attacked by a dog.
Porcupines are gentle natured, slow moving, and have poor eyesight. It was likely passing through the yard with its mother, when the dog cornered them. Mom probably ran up a tree to escape, but the baby ended up losing lots of quills in the attack. There are no punctures, just a raw spot - and it was terrified.
So, we will have this one with us for quite a while. It is too young to be alone, and it will take a long time for the quills to grow back. Porcupine babies stay with mom the first year. This baby was born sometime between April – June.
It is always fun when Amazon deliveries show up. Thank you to everyone who has shopped our wish list recently. We have received some much need supplies and enrichment items for our patients.
If you are interested in sending us supplies for our center - use AmazonSmile and we also get a donation from Amazon! Our wish list can be found here:
Patient of the Week 8/22/16 - Purple Martin - this juvenile Purple Martin came out of the nest just a few days too early to fly. It arrived on 8/17 and was released about a week later once the feathers had all come in and it was flying well.
These large swallows were once extremely rare to find in our area, but they are making a recovery in the Puget Sound. You can read more about these pretty purple birds here:
This poor young deer (fawn from this season) found itself helpless and stuck in this heavy metal fence. Mom and a sibling were nearby, but somehow he wedged himself into this impossible situation.
The homeowners called us and we rushed out to Marysville to help. There was no way the deer was going to be able to be easily removed - the hips would not go through and the ribcage would not allow for it to return back the same way it went in. He was VERY upset, crying, and terrified.
The fence had to be cut to free the deer. Thankfully, the homeowner had the tools to cut through the metal fence, and they were more than willing to do so to help him.
Agents from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife joined in the efforts to help us rescue him. The noise from the saw would be too much for the deer, so the decision was made to tranquilize him so we could free him.
We had to bring him back to the center so he could recover from the sedation. We also had to treat the wound on his side. Within a day, he was ready to move to the larger deer field where he is now with new siblings until they are all ready for release at the end of summer.
THANK YOU to WDFW and the homeowners for helping - we could not have done this one alone.