One of the stories we at Rosewolf have been waiting for.
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I got what I wanted for Christmas, this photo showing the 2 fawns we released in October with a
doe (which we released 2 years ago) and her fawn. They have become a little herd, a family, and
there is safety in numbers. From the left, this year's doe, the wild raised fawn, this year's buck and
the doe from 2 years ago (Mom to the wild raised fawn.) We must be doing something right!
This is the best picture I'll get of this little girl. At night I stand
out on my back porch and watch her whip around her cage,
she is QUICK! We've had her since she was 4 weeks old. She
had been brought in by a cat so we don't really know where
the family/colony lives. They share body warmth to get through
the winter so we'll wait until spring to release her. We asked
other wildlife centers for a buddy for her but couldn't find one
so on the really cold nights I take a heating disc up into her
cage for supplemental warmth if she needs it. Christmas day I
saved a fresh raspberry and a couple of blueberries to add to
her usual nuts and acorns.
Northern Flying Squirrell
This is the second pygmy owl we've gotten in the last two weeks.
The first one smacked into a window and knocked itself out. It was
immediately found by someone who brought it to us. By the time it
reached us, it was alert and flying again. When a bird hits a window,
we recommend carefully placing it in a paper bag or box with air holes
and paper towels for gripping and placing it in a warm dark quiet
place. This allows the bird to shut its eyes and wait for the throbbing
in its head to stop and it doesn't have to try to stay alert and watch for
predators. If after 20 minutes it still isn't functioning, then it needs to
come to us. We were happy to check this guy out since we got it. It
wasn't skinny so had been hunting successfully but since there was a
bad rainstorm due, we kept him for a couple of days and then took
him back and released him (pointing away from the window.) He flew
like a champ!
The owl pictured here will stay with us a little longer. Found in the
road, he was most likely hit by a car. Luckily, no fractures were felt
but his breathing has been labored and he hasn't been a successful
hunter and is quite thin. He has been eating steadily in care and his
breathing is better. We will check him for parasites to make sure that
isn't a problem. Then we'll give him more practice hunting live prey to
increase his chance of survival upon release.
Northern Pigmy Owl
Another winter guest, this band-tailed pigeon was SHOT, yes
that's right, shot and not during hunting season. It was shot by
some kids playing with a pellet gun. Birds are protected by the
migratory bird treaty act and It is illegal to hurt/maim/kill any
native species out of hunting season (and there isn't a hunting
season for most birds.) This pigeon is rebuilding the wing
muscle that was damaged. We hope to release it soon now that
hunting season for them is closed.
Band Tailed Pigeon