1/18 - I normally don't go out to get an animal, but an adult squirrel, even if it's depressed, can turn ugly, bite, and possibly break someone's finger. It's been a busy winter, but the 9 critters in my care at home didn't need to be hand fed every 20-30 minutes; making it easier to get out of the house. Fortunately, the injured squirrel was only a few miles. away, in a front yard, contained in an inverted laundry basket. He was very depressed and cold when I got him. Once home, I discovered that 1/4 of his tail from the tip down was degloved and he was dehydrated. I rehydrated him with warm electrolyte solution and treated his wound. -sqdr
1/21- Four, late, fall season squirrels taken to another rehabber for a soft-release! Yeah! -sqdr
1/23 - Degloved-tail squirrel is very stable and the damaged tail portion is removed. -sqdr
1/31- Degloved squirrel released! -sqdr
2/8 - Releasing an adult squirrel this weekend that came in with head trauma two months ago, as well as a pine siskin. Yeah! Hopefully, head-trauma squirrel won't play tag with cars any more. That leaves one adult squirrel, the only animal that's recouping in the "garage resort". Hopefully, nothing will come in before her emancipation. Maybe, just maybe, I'll have a few critter-free days! -sqdr
3/20 - The last of the 2012 critters (squirrel) was released on 2/22. I was critter free for almost 2 weeks! A lesser goldfinch with a fractured wing came in, just in time to live with me in a borrowed RV parked outside my tented home (termites). Two other rehabbers took pity on me the week before by taking on 2 brush bunnies (37gm.) and a young jack rabbit (130 gm). The jack is coming tomorrow. Two adult mourning doves came in a few days ago. The first orphaned baby bird (mourning dove) arrived today. How much spring yard maintenance can I finish before getting hit by the now growing, rolling, "baby bird snowball" ? -sqdr
3/21 Hi squirrel mama checking in. I currently have 5 baby squirrels, 3 eastern greys aprox. age 3 weeks & 2 eastern fox squirrels about 6 weeks. All came in with min. injuries and are all eating & growing well, drinking special formula every 3 hours. I will have them for about 3 more months until they earn their freedom and run free. They can be a lot of work but worth every minute of my time even though I do question my sanity at times :) sqmama
4/24 (sqdr)- A 3-4 day old, oak titmouse went out on date night with my hubby & me last night, because my birdsitter (son) has a paying job now. In between feedings and medicating this morning, I ran to the animal ER to pick up an very young and injured house finch. An adult wren that had been attached to a sticky trap was brought to me this evening. Unlike the healthy food the critters are getting, my dinner consisted of cooked frozen pizza tonight. The rest of my fragmented day was spent getting my backyard ready for a small wedding 3 days from now. The jack rabbit still needs to be fed....
1-9-14 - Well, it was a busy year. We took in over 300 animals. Many hours were spent procuring and preparing food, cleaning cages and food dishes. Many miles were traveled in order to release animals. Some critters only required a few days to mend, while others stayed in our care for as long as six months. Fluids, pain meds, and antibiotics were doled out. Our time was consumed during peak season from mid-February to November, making occasional blogging impossible. Currently, we are preparing year-end reports for Fish & Game as well as getting ready for the upcoming season - cleaning, mending cages, and taking inventory of supplies. We each have a few critters in our care; primarily sick or injured adults and a few squirrels that were born too late in the fall season. Rarely is anyone in our group totally devoid of wildlife in their homes.