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(Quad City Times)   Licensed volunteer wildlife rehabilitators help nurse animals back to health so they can reenter the wild and OH MY GOD BABY FOXES AND RACOONS   (qctimes.com) divider line 82
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2013-05-20 09:42:35 PM
Had I won half a billion dollars in the lottery I would have quit my day job to do something like that.

Squee!

I liked that, thanks subby.
 
2013-05-20 09:51:01 PM

feckingmorons: Had I won half a billion dollars in the lottery I would have quit my day job to do something like that.

Squee!

I liked that, thanks subby.


It's the most depressing job in the world. Trust me.
 
2013-05-21 12:06:10 AM
Having thought, as a five year old, that the fox in The Fox & the Hound was named after me, I approve of this article.
 
2013-05-21 12:09:34 AM
Oh wow.. This got greenlit.

/Lets see if I can keep up with threads in two hobbies at once.
 
2013-05-21 12:37:16 AM
I'll get a head start.

1) Wildlife rehabbing is STUPIDLY expensive. EVERYTHING ABOUT IT is expensive, from the medications you have to buy, to the facilities you have to maintain, to the licenses and training you must have, [On 4 levels in  some places, plus more licenses inspection and fees if you deal with Rabies Vector Species], to transport cages and bedding. NOTHING IS FREE, and guess what... you can't bill Mother Nature. No one pays you. SOMETIMES you get donations, but that rarely if ever covers the cost of raising one orphaned infant to a releasable age.

2) People are incredibly misinformed about wildlife. You will spend many many hours of your day educating people (who usually do not want to be educated) about things like deer "parking" where a mom will "park" her baby deer somewhere safe while she goes off to eat. Sometimes that will be in your yard. Just because you don't see the mom, doesn't mean she doesn't know what is going on.
People will also do things thinking they are helping (Like feeding kitten formula to a squirrel baby, or putting a baby beaver in a bucket of water so it stays wet) that will quite often kill the animals.
You have to be nice to them. It hurts sometimes. Especially in a situation like when a mom lets her 9 year old play with the baby raccoon that came up on the deck, and let it suck on her finger. That baby raccoon now has to die in most states. It did nothing wrong, the people did something wrong, but the raccoon has to die to be tested for rabies. (Which 99.99995 times out of 100 it will not have)

3) Heartbreaks come fast and hard. One day everything is peachy, and the next day someone brings a groundhog in with distemper, and suddenly every animal in your care is hideously ill and most of them will die horrible deaths and there is not a DAMNED THING you can do about it.
That is one example of about 1000 I could give.

4) Wildlife vets are few and far between, they don't usually have emergency hours, and they are AMAZINGLY expensive. Even simple procedures are thousand dollar trips when you are dealing with wildlife. Also, medication for diseases that effect wildlife are often not available, or cost thousands of dollars. We had a raccoon that contracted a horrible neuro disease called EPM (Which usually is confined to horses) There is no money in treating wildlife, so there is no formulary for treating a raccoon with EPM. Hell, he wasn't even supposed to be able to contract EPM, but he did.

5) Much of what you do is only legal because they *want* to let you. The state *usually* doesn't care, and will not help you. Many states it is illegal (even if you are a licensed rehabber) to work with certain animals. If you get caught releasing that OBVIOUSLY healthy, (been in your care for over 6 mos, and has rabies shots) perfectly fine raccoon .. in some states.. that is jail time. Period.

6) It can only break your heart.

The BEST CASE SCENARIO for a wildlife rehabber is that you get the animal, you fix what is wrong with it (if anything), you make sure it hates you and everyone that looks like you, and you wave goodbye to it as it leaves. You will get attached, you will be "mom" to many animals... and they will show you love and affection.. and you will HAVE TO MAKE THEM HATE YOU. You can't do it any other way. They can't trust humans, or you will fail as a rehabber when you release them.

Worst case scenario... They come in, you do everything you legally and monetarily can.. and they die anyway, because you just can't fix everything... but hey, it's just your heart and your bank account that is broke.. and there is someone on the phone with 4 baby squirrels who's mother was just killed by a cat... so you suck it up and go again.

Phew... Thats about all I can type right now.
 
2013-05-21 12:43:38 AM
I will also state for the record:

I AM NOT A LICENSED WILDLIFE REHABBER.

I lived with one for a decade, and assisted with many many things and have seen the gamut of what happens, but I am not a licensed rehabber.
 
2013-05-21 12:45:29 AM

Shadow Blasko: feckingmorons: Had I won half a billion dollars in the lottery I would have quit my day job to do something like that.

Squee!

I liked that, thanks subby.

It's the most depressing job in the world. Trust me.


img.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-21 12:54:59 AM

Shadow Blasko: I will also state for the record:

I AM NOT A LICENSED WILDLIFE REHABBER.

I lived with one for a decade, and assisted with many many things and have seen the gamut of what happens, but I am not a licensed rehabber.


A question, not an attack: why did you take the time to post this, when you obviously hate everything about wildlife rehab and spent far more time telling us how horrific it is than you did on the actual post? Did you just need an excuse to vent some of the pain, or are you trolling?
 
2013-05-21 01:00:07 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Shadow Blasko: I will also state for the record:

I AM NOT A LICENSED WILDLIFE REHABBER.

I lived with one for a decade, and assisted with many many things and have seen the gamut of what happens, but I am not a licensed rehabber.

A question, not an attack: why did you take the time to post this, when you obviously hate everything about wildlife rehab and spent far more time telling us how horrific it is than you did on the actual post? Did you just need an excuse to vent some of the pain, or are you trolling?


Because I want people to know that it takes a super serious commitment to do that kind of work that very few people have. It's amazingly rewarding, I loved doing it. I still love helping out, but it is NOT something you do on a whim.

Every spring during baby season there are a lot of feel-good stories out there that make people think that rehab work is all love and kisses from adorable baby raccoons.. And some of it is, but it's also getting up every 3 hours to feed baby squirrels that take 90 minutes to eat... and its pulling maggots out of the eye infection of a groundhog that was bitten by a cat, knowing it will probably die, but you have to try.

I just want people to know about what it is really like.. not just the funny pics and cute videos.
 
2013-05-21 01:06:42 AM
I see your point, but y'know, sometimes I'd like to look at pictures and think, "the only thing cuter than puppies just might be fox kits" instead of thinking, "that animal is ruining the life of the person trying to help it and will most likely die a horrific death". Especially when the headline is all about cuteness.

So, thanks for that.
 
2013-05-21 01:18:17 AM

Shadow Blasko: feckingmorons: Had I won half a billion dollars in the lottery I would have quit my day job to do something like that.

Squee!

I liked that, thanks subby.

It's the most depressing job in the world. Trust me.


Yeah; sometimes, the animals don't make it. The rest of the time you have to release them back into the wild, so you have to make sure that they will avoid humans in the future.
 
2013-05-21 01:19:14 AM
Everyone...

We can still safely boop their noses on the computer monitors. It will not harm them and we can giggle in the privacy of our own homes and go "FOXY WOXY BOXY BABY BOO!"

No one has to die this way.
 
2013-05-21 01:21:39 AM
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-05-21 01:23:44 AM
Subby is so enamored by the animals that he lost his ability to spell raccoon.
 
2013-05-21 01:24:35 AM
Dad... DAD!

move over and let most in this thread...

(old pic)

i284.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-21 01:24:37 AM

Notabunny: Shadow Blasko: feckingmorons: Had I won half a billion dollars in the lottery I would have quit my day job to do something like that.

Squee!

I liked that, thanks subby.

It's the most depressing job in the world. Trust me.

[img.photobucket.com image 340x255]


Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and I'm feeding a baby fox.
 
2013-05-21 01:24:58 AM
Hey guys, here's a picture of an animal lover riding a cock!

th08.deviantart.net

/I'm here all week.
 
2013-05-21 01:25:11 AM
animal.memozee.com
 
2013-05-21 01:26:26 AM
www.chriskaylerphotography.com
 
2013-05-21 01:27:32 AM
This thread is really gonna make me regret that my website is down, and 99% of my wildlife pics are on my other PC which is in storage while I move
 
2013-05-21 01:29:06 AM
www.tougewo-koete.jp
 
2013-05-21 01:31:21 AM
Awww beebees! We have been busy at the animal shelter with all the kittens and puppies. And derpy hamsters. My god are male hamsters derpy.
 
2013-05-21 01:31:26 AM
i.imgur.com

It is very hard to get adolescent squirrels to sit still long enough to take a picture.
 
2013-05-21 01:31:42 AM
ellencorder.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-05-21 01:31:46 AM

hardinparamedic: [www.chriskaylerphotography.com image 494x396]


i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-21 01:32:15 AM
Last year we found a baby pigeon. No one would take him so we raised him ourselves (3 hour feelings etc). We released him this year and he still comes home every night for dinner and to hang with the dog. Greatest feeling ever.

I wish I knew how to upload phone pics.
 
2013-05-21 01:32:36 AM

FunkOut: [www.tougewo-koete.jp image 400x300]


Momongas are the cutest critters on the planet next to baby red pandas!
 
2013-05-21 01:33:48 AM

Shadow Blasko: I'll get a head start.

1) Wildlife rehabbing is STUPIDLY expensive. EVERYTHING ABOUT IT is expensive, from the medications you have to buy, to the facilities you have to maintain, to the licenses and training you must have, [On 4 levels in  some places, plus more licenses inspection and fees if you deal with Rabies Vector Species], to transport cages and bedding. NOTHING IS FREE, and guess what... you can't bill Mother Nature. No one pays you. SOMETIMES you get donations, but that rarely if ever covers the cost of raising one orphaned infant to a releasable age.

2) People are incredibly misinformed about wildlife. You will spend many many hours of your day educating people (who usually do not want to be educated) about things like deer "parking" where a mom will "park" her baby deer somewhere safe while she goes off to eat. Sometimes that will be in your yard. Just because you don't see the mom, doesn't mean she doesn't know what is going on.
People will also do things thinking they are helping (Like feeding kitten formula to a squirrel baby, or putting a baby beaver in a bucket of water so it stays wet) that will quite often kill the animals.
You have to be nice to them. It hurts sometimes. Especially in a situation like when a mom lets her 9 year old play with the baby raccoon that came up on the deck, and let it suck on her finger. That baby raccoon now has to die in most states. It did nothing wrong, the people did something wrong, but the raccoon has to die to be tested for rabies. (Which 99.99995 times out of 100 it will not have)

3) Heartbreaks come fast and hard. One day everything is peachy, and the next day someone brings a groundhog in with distemper, and suddenly every animal in your care is hideously ill and most of them will die horrible deaths and there is not a DAMNED THING you can do about it.
That is one example of about 1000 I could give.

4) Wildlife vets are few and far between, they don't usually have emergency hours, and they are AMAZINGLY ...


*swoon*
 
2013-05-21 01:33:59 AM
i.imgur.com
Dad, put the camera down and SAVE ME!
 
2013-05-21 01:35:00 AM

FunkOut: [www.tougewo-koete.jp image 400x300]


That looks like a Pixar animator dropped a tab of the good acid.

Waaaaaay to cute to be a real creature.
 
2013-05-21 01:36:07 AM

Shadow Blasko: [i.imgur.com image 806x770]
Dad, put the camera down and SAVE ME!


Awwww. It's a coon. I JUST WANT TO LOVE IT
 
2013-05-21 01:37:24 AM

hardinparamedic: Shadow Blasko: [i.imgur.com image 806x770]
Dad, put the camera down and SAVE ME!

Awwww. It's a coon. I JUST WANT TO LOVE IT


Thats Moose. She's a dwarf raccoon that came in with a terrible fungal infection on her hands that basically put her 3 months behind her siblings. She's a great raccoon, but not releasable. She just doesn't wanna be a raccoon. She thinks shes humans.
 
2013-05-21 01:39:44 AM

Shadow Blasko: FunkOut: [www.tougewo-koete.jp image 400x300]

Momongas are the cutest critters on the planet next to baby red pandas!


I think they are the driving force behind the cutesy Japanimation.
 
2013-05-21 01:39:58 AM
This is what you look like when you are driving home from an event 300 miles from home, you've been on the road for a week, and 20 miles from home you get a call to come get these babies out of someones garage.

(I get so much hell for the way I look in this pic)

i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-21 01:40:40 AM
Wow I cant believe that was 12 years ago. Damn how time flies.
 
2013-05-21 01:43:39 AM
This one needs a good breast feeding i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-21 01:46:14 AM

drjekel_mrhyde:  [i.imgur.com image 350x400]

www.savebadger.co.uk


Badger badger badger badger badger badger...
 
2013-05-21 01:50:54 AM

Shadow Blasko: This is what you look like when you are driving home from an event 300 miles from home, you've been on the road for a week, and 20 miles from home you get a call to come get these babies out of someones garage.

(I get so much hell for the way I look in this pic)

[i.imgur.com image 400x411]


What's with the hair? Is there something nesting in it? I keed, but I back you up on this. I have a friend I've known since high school that is a vet tech that works with local zoos when one of the monkeys or bears breaks a foot, and yeah, I've heard some of the stories about prices, regulations, yadda yadda. You need full time staff just to keep up with the rules and regulations.
 
2013-05-21 01:55:29 AM

hardinparamedic: Hey guys, here's a picture of an animal lover riding a cock!

[th08.deviantart.net image 850x850]

/I'm here all week.


Hen.

Or a Scootaloo. Either way, not cock.
 
2013-05-21 01:56:02 AM
 
2013-05-21 02:00:00 AM

doglover: hardinparamedic: Hey guys, here's a picture of an animal lover riding a cock!

[th08.deviantart.net image 850x850]

/I'm here all week.

Hen.

Or a Scootaloo. Either way, not cock.


Tell that to the University of S. Carolina folks.
 
2013-05-21 02:10:39 AM
I have great respect for people that do wildlife rehab.  To be successful at it, I imagine a certain degree of clinical detachment is required.  I don't think I could do it - I am an enormous crybaby when it comes to hurt animals.

It's weird - in a crisis with people, I'm the one you want around because I don't panic. But if an animal is involved, I dissolve in to a squawling mess.

My experience with wildlife rehab consists of putting a bird with a broken wing into a shoebox and taking it to the zoo so they could take care of it.  I felt very accomplished at driving that shoebox across town.  I helped - I'm a helper.
 
2013-05-21 02:18:20 AM

Shadow Blasko: I'll get a head start.

1) Wildlife rehabbing ...Lots of stuff.



++Eleventy. All true to my expereinces(as an observer, not a rehabber myself).

I am married to a former wildlife rehabber, she did it for maybe 5 years (I dated her this entire time). The animals are incredible, and seeing a vet pin a wing bone on a small bird is effing incredible. Flight-testing a red tail was incredible, baby mountain lions are so adorable it hurts. They had a resident turkey vulture (permanently disfigured wing, used in education programs) that would follow you around and when you weren't looking untie your shoelaces. (You do not know disgusting until you've cleaned up turkey vulture vomit, BTW.)

But there is heartbreak, so much heartbreak. The euthanizing never gets easy, and weighed heavily enough that she eventually moved on.
 
2013-05-21 02:29:03 AM
I "caught" my first baby coon one day before and after picking cherries in Emmett, Idaho. I was 9 or so. My folks stopped first at a friends house, and my god- that womans tomatoes that she put on the sandwiches were the worst i ever have eaten in my life, to this day. Anyhow, we were leaving and my adoptive mom was chatting to the lady and my adoptive dad was off doing something, and mom said- oh look, a kitten is climbing my leg ! I was quick to grab the little one and advise her it was not, in fact, a kitty.
So we then went cherry picking and i had Ricky in a box in the car, but we left the windows down too much and he escaped and i found him after a bit. Tada !

/he opened his cage and a window a couple of weeks later and escaped the house ....
/end cool story, bra
 
2013-05-21 02:31:39 AM
Oh, I have broken a few state and federal laws in regards to a Crow, but I couldnt see driving an chick
65 miles away from his family would help the bird. I raised him, fledged him, he flew away with his nestmates.
Gandy still flies in this area with his Murder .
 
2013-05-21 02:33:54 AM
I had to do some court-ordered community service once and the group I chose to do my hours with was a local wildlife rescue organization. I spent many a weekend going out to piers to pull fishing line and hooks out of pelicans, and going on emergency calls anytime some idiot suburbanite "found" a baby woodland critter (aka captured it to show his/her snowflake, injured it, then called us.)

The little time I spent there was rewarding, but I could see that making a career out of it would be heartbreaking to see all the needless suffering and death on a regular basis.
 
2013-05-21 02:40:53 AM

Shadow Blasko: This is what you look like when you are driving home from an event 300 miles from home, you've been on the road for a week, and 20 miles from home you get a call to come get these babies out of someones garage.

(I get so much hell for the way I look in this pic)

[i.imgur.com image 400x411]


*un-swoon*
 
2013-05-21 02:43:58 AM

HortusMatris: Shadow Blasko: This is what you look like when you are driving home from an event 300 miles from home, you've been on the road for a week, and 20 miles from home you get a call to come get these babies out of someones garage.

(I get so much hell for the way I look in this pic)

[i.imgur.com image 400x411]

*un-swoon*


Haha! Oh shiat
 
2013-05-21 02:49:35 AM

HortusMatris: Shadow Blasko: This is what you look like when you are driving home from an event 300 miles from home, you've been on the road for a week, and 20 miles from home you get a call to come get these babies out of someones garage.

(I get so much hell for the way I look in this pic)

[i.imgur.com image 400x411]

*un-swoon*


Oh ouch
 
2013-05-21 02:51:40 AM

Shadow Blasko: HortusMatris: Shadow Blasko: This is what you look like when you are driving home from an event 300 miles from home, you've been on the road for a week, and 20 miles from home you get a call to come get these babies out of someones garage.

(I get so much hell for the way I look in this pic)

[i.imgur.com image 400x411]

*un-swoon*

Oh ouch


It's the hair, dude. You should have said that pic was from 1988.
 
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