Last week was a tough week for the wildlife out there. There are many orphaned babies’ mouths, for us to feed.
We are now getting injured babies and adults in. Injuries dominant to last week were road hits. A young coyote pup came in with serious head trauma. He was seen by Dr. Sherrie, x-rayed examined and treated. Getting constant care he is still not out of the woods but every day the little changes are hopeful.
A while ago we had a couple momma opossums with babes in pouch come in, hit by cars. So far doing well. Little ones growing and cute as a button, moms caring for them and we care for moms.
Wednesday night an injured porcupine came in, found hanging on to a fence after presumably and most likely being hit by a car as well. Between cars and weed whackers injuring little bunnies and chipmunks, we are incredibly busy.
Although we never give up, and do everything in our power, it’s just not possible to save them all. This post is about being aware.
We had a tiny fox kit come in also this week, and in spite of everything, there was nothing we or Dr. Sherri could do. It was heartbreaking for all, and it had to be humanely euthanized. Broken and infected from an impact with a car on a tiny body.
Please be mindful of our wildlife babies and their Moms and Dads. They are growing up, becoming independent and curious, parents are still frantically feeding in some cases and are busy bringing food to and from the young ones. Young ones are starting to follow., but not always with them directly, but tagging along behind, stopping to check out a bug or a butterfly, chase a squirrel, startled by a bird flitting around them.
All these adventures are new and they don’t want to miss anything. Therefore if you see an adult fox or doe, coyote, any wild animal, please be mindful to drive slowly since they may have precious cargo not far behind, and 9 times out of 10 they will just dart out trying to catch up. Kits have been hit and killed near me and even a tiny fawn. Such a waste of a beautiful innocent life. So many new lives are lost because of roads. And lawn care. Wildlife parents do grieve the loss of their young. They will go back to them putting themselves at risk as well. Siblings will gather around an injured or dead family member trying to get it to come. I know, I’ve seen it. And it breaks your heart over and over.
Watch for turtles and carefully and safely them move in the direction they are headed. Or check to see if they are alive and get them help. As all wildlife rehabilitation centres are at their max for animals, let’s try to make it safer for them out there. Slow down in wildlife areas. Watch for wildlife, wait if one crosses in case another is coming. It’s only seconds for you but a lifetime for them. All wildlife is important and all are our signal for a healthy environment. Let’s all work together to make a better world for all.
HELP is in YOUR hands… it’s in all OUR hands!
Last week was a tough week for wildlife