What a long time since I’ve written. Years. Literally years. I’ve been busy. Yoga, wildlife, animal hospital, kiddos, wine, school, my wonderful husband, ext.
Wildlife Rehab has been keeping me busy on most days during the spring, summer, and winter. I have realized that rehabbing is going to lead me to young death…or I’m going to one day learn a formula to this whole balancing act. Every day I learn something new. The stress of having a small animals life in my hands all the time is at times completely overwhelming. This summer has had some huge success like raising and releasing a few baby bunnies (which is much harder than you could ever imagine) to some huge heartbreaks like losing an entire liter of kittens to some rain and flys and learning what “squirrel pox” are. This is a quick look at what I’ve been up to in just the past month. I’ll try to only post a few upbeat pictures. It helps me to see some of the good ones that I’ve been able to help!
This is a baby squirrel on the first day he opened his eyes. This is a really wonderful age when they are starting to explore their surroundings.
Someone fell asleep eating watermelon. So cute! Squirrels seem to really enjoy the watermelon. We try to give them a variety of things that are easily found outside and outside our house this time of year, we have watermelon!
This is one of the baby doves that came in. These poor guys are usually another victim of kidnapping. They are usually going through what I call the “awkward phase”. This is where they are young and learning how to fly, when people see them, pick them up and walk away with them The people generally think they’re helping but unfortunately I can never replace the actual mothering instinct of an adult dove.
This is a tiny baby snapping turtle. If you find these guys its always best to just put them back in the pond/lake/creek that you found them in. The turn into large, aggressive turtles when they’re adults. Depriving them of being freed when they are juveniles prevents them from learning life lessons and being able to hunt when they’re older.
This is a tiny squirrel who came in covered in some kind of oil. We used very diluted Dawn dish soap to get the oil off. This is just a cute picture of the little guy drying.
These are just a few of the pictures I have from this summer. Its been crazy with all the babies coming in. I’m almost looking forward to the winter when the babies stop pouring in and everyone starts to hibernate. I will be spending the winter months taking some CE classes and learning as much as possible. Not to mention taking the time to clean cages, my wildlife room, and enjoying the piece and quiet. If you would like more updates check out our facebook page at AERO Animal Education and Rescue Organization.