I was wondering if anyone out there had any stories about assisting injured or orphaned wildlife. I hope to get a license to rehabilitate wildlife with-in the next year or two and I would love to hear (and see lots of pictures of!) animals that have been assisted and how they were helped. Every little bit helps, not to mention its fun to share stories with one another.
Feel free to share any stories, pictures, questions or advice.
We have always helped baby birds when they need it. One of the first successful orphaned birds we raised was Robin Hood, the baby robin with the injured leg. He had fledged but because his leg was injured we worried the dogs would get him. We fed him earth worms and kept him in a cage until he was old enough to be released. Here he is perching on the back of our bunny.
We've also saved a lot of turtles from our dogs, which are turtle catching experts. We have a pond that the dogs like to swim in and they go after any turtles that come to land to lay eggs. We have lost a few to Rax (he is our dog that can chew through turtle shells) but we've also saved a lot and relocated them to our neighbors pond or the near-by creek.
One turtle was caught before she could finish burying her eggs, so we took the eggs inside and incubated them.
Surprisingly they hatched! I think there were 10 healthy little babies and we released them into our neighbors pond where they would be safe from dogs.
One mother turtle got a cracked shell. We kept her in this tub and the mud that was packed onto the shell (she did this herself) healed the wound and we released her later.
Here is one of the larger turtles we saved from the jaws of Rax.
We've had a few turtles that didn't need to be saved from dog jaws but to have the dogs saved from their jaws. This Snapping turtle was trying to dig under the fence and got one of our dogs on the nose. He went to the neighbors pond, but he had to be handled with far more care.
A very smelly, angry Snapping Turtle in our trunk as he prepares to be relocated. I cannot remember why we were assisting this one, but I think that it was found on the road and we were moving it to a pond where it would be safe.