Well here it is August and I just released my last coonie troop, for my friends on facebook, you have seen it all there. I'll post another coonie video soon.
It was my busiest year yet with the new heated AND air conditioned rehab cottage keeping everybody safe and sound.....
this year we have many baby squirrels, heaps of baby rabbits that I am happy to say ALL survived and were released - we really rock the baby bunny world here for sure. About 16 (I haven't gotten caught up on paperwork) baby coonies too. Some were too sick to survive but they passed peacefully here. We released 11 and have 2 itty bitty babies for next spring. It was such an odd year. Babies arriving a month early (thank goodness the cottage was ready) and now I have a 4 week old coonie baby - so strange. I have to thank The Squirrel Board - a great group of folks and my 2nd Hand Fans for helping me with my cottage - it was a stress free spring and summer with that great little building. And my new favorite baby - Possums! So many sweeties - I am now a confirmed fan. I even do a powerpoint presentation about wildlife featuring these misunderstood critters. Well on 2012 photo review I will post all my pics this week but for now here are some fun posters I did on befunky.com. Enjoy and get a giggle - these are what I post on Facebook - so join me there too!
I ask myself that often. Its a tireless job. Many think my Rehabbing is my job and I get paid from the State or the County, but no. This, I do, for the love of animals. Same goes for my dog rescue. All I ask for adoptions is the vet bill for getting them ready for adoption. Last year alone, even with wonderful folks sponsoring or donating goods, wildlife rehabbing cost me over $1000 (my spouse was not pleased LOL) I actually work a full time job for the Illinois Dept of Agriculture's Gypsy Moth Program and wildlife rehabbing and dog rescue is what I do for 'fun' or as a hobby. But the sleepless nights of caring for animals, the vet bills, the food bills, the work is all worth it. You see, in all this bad in the world, wildlife rescue brings some seriously amazing people to me along with this special treat I get to really touch, hold, help Illinois Wildlife. I forget sometimes how lucky I am to hold baby squirrels, foxes, raccoons, fawns & possums. Watching them grow or with the help of my vet, cure their ills. Last night as I filled my kiddie pool for one of my release raccoons - I thought " what a treat I get to sit and laugh as Rascal plays and plays". I got to touch his soft paws and scratch his ears as he played. Many think Raccoons are scary vermin, not so. Just native wildlife trying to get along in this world as humans & greed take their world away from them.
That brings me to the rescue of the week and some super folks that I had the treat to meet. The Summers of Mineral Illinois. I got a call Wednesday from this wonderful couple who had discovered a pair of beavers trapped in the Hennipen Canal Lock 22. Its an abandoned lock that creates a horrible trap. Its over 12 feet down, no ramp or ladder. Gosh could you imagine if a kid fell in??? Well a little beaver died there last year so since then the neighbors keep a close eye on the lock. This week a pair of beavers got trapped (I named them Betty & Bart Beaver) The Summers called all the governement groups and no one could help, Our Animal Control guy did offer any tools we needed, so kudos to Bureau County ACO. The Summers made an awesome catch pole but beavers are shaped like torpedos so not an easy feat. The DNR wildlife biologist, Bob Massey had a brillant idea since he has had to rescue many critters in his career. A giant fishing net tied to a big pole. So off we went - but it was late and after a few attempts "Team Beaver Rescue" had worn out their welcome so I and the spouse headed home, leaving the net with the Summers for part two on Thursday. Well much to my delight, Chris snuck up on the pair and scooped them 1 at a time Thursday morning. Talk about skill, I bet he's a great fisherman too with those reflexes!!! So the beaver are safe. It was a happy ending for all. Beavers went free to live their lives. I got to meet some awesome folks here & got to see a beaver up close. And the Summers can be proud of all their determination that they did make a difference! Some weeks are wonderful here in the world of rescue. This was an amazing week.
Well Sunday was super busy as I put in the floor in the Rehab Cottage. I have 2 pieces of trim and then its done! I moved the wild teenage squirrels out there to get used to the noises and smells of my relase area (back yard) I have 2 more cages to build this spring but for now all is fantastic. This weekend I hope to pick up a bank of critter kennels for foxes and coonies then I will start bulding a counter for working and shelves for storage.
I'm prepping for baby season too. I've ordered my Fox Valley Formula for baby bunnies and squirrels. I have some puppy formula for the baby raccoons too. Pedilyte is here for dehydrated critters as well as meds from the vet are on hand. Next I'm making little kits for my vet to hand out if there is a baby squirrel or racoon 911. Dr. Dana Miller is such a friend to wildlfie she's making sure she has them on hand! How cool is that. Ok, now to start labeling my supplies and moving them to the Cottage!!! Enjoy these photos of our little buidling today.
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