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2013-05-21 02:58:54 AM  
My wife has found and rescued two birds.

First was a baby sparrow we found at a fast food place, running around in the enclosed patio. It has apparently fallen out of a nest in the eaves. We took it home, stopping to get meal worms on the way. The little guy took about two hours to become totally domesticated, following my wife around, and four hours to figure out that the meal worms were kept in the fridge. He would run over to the fridge and jump inside when the door was opened, finding the meal worm box and hanging onto it for dear life. He stayed with us for about two weeks, at which time he was flying around the apartment. He would come to us and sit on our fingers.

We took him back to the restaurant and released him in the patio area. We came back about a month later and there was this fat, sleek little sparrow who landed on our table and chirped at us, and ate food we put in front of him. He wouldn't allow us to pick him up, so he had apparently learned caution.

Second case was a seagull with a broken wing. I got a blanket from the car and my wife wrapped it up and held it, and I drove from Huntington Beach all the way to SJC to a wildlife vet. The gull squawked loudly and struggled for about 10 minutes, then it suddenly petered off. My wife figured that the bird's thinking went from "OH FARK I'VE BEEN TRAPPED BY A GIANT WHO IS GOING TO EAT ME to hmmmmm..... wait a minute, I'm warm in this snuggly thing, I've being stroked softly on my head and back, and there's this big creature who is singing and talking softly to me in a high pitched voice....hmmmmm.... this isn't bad." He stayed like that for over an hour until we got to the vet, at which time he lost it again. Don't know what happened to it....
 
2013-05-21 02:59:07 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: 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.


I cut 16" off my hair for my GE job back in April. I look all respectable now. (and 12 years older)
 
2013-05-21 03:04:54 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


Hey, we all have bad pics, I'm just messing with you.  Your compassion for animals is charming.
 
2013-05-21 04:57:25 AM  

FunkOut:


So, when does willow jump out of the bushes and ...... never mind.
 
2013-05-21 05:13:27 AM  
I have to agree with ShadowBlasko's assessment of wildlife rehab. I rehabbed 8 orphaned skunks one year (in my one-bedroom apartment) in San Diego. All done illegally, since San Diego County insists that ALL skunks that come into contact with human beings in any way be killed and tested for rabies. Needless to say, none of mine were killed and tested for rabies. Seven of the skunks grew up to be "releasable" and suitably frightened of humans. One skunk, for reasons which are known only to him, decided he LOVED humans (I was VERY careful not to handle them any more than required and not to acclimate them to humans, and they were all treated exactly the same). That skunk got to be an "educational animal" for an outfit in another county.  Oh, and the policy for SD County? NO good reason for it. There has NEVER, EVER been a documented case of rabies in skunks in SD County.

/ Also rehabbed bats
// Not currently doing wildlife rehab, though I wouldn't mind doing some here in Oz
/// Maybe, someday...
 
2013-05-21 05:19:54 AM  

RealFarknMcCoy2: // Not currently doing wildlife rehab, though I wouldn't mind doing some here in Oz


OMG... I talked to a guy that has a couple non-releasable wombats in his rehab!

Talk about amazing! They are just as sweet as can be, and just as smart as raccoons.
I would love to spend some "heartbreak time" with a wombat. Or a Quokka!
 
2013-05-21 05:22:57 AM  

RealFarknMcCoy2: That skunk got to be an "educational animal" for an outfit in another county. Oh, and the policy for SD County? NO good reason for it. There has NEVER, EVER been a documented case of rabies in skunks in SD County.


Ambassador animals really have the best lives in the world.

I feel your on the RVS laws, I know the why... and the extreme precautions that need to be taken, but at the same time it just drives me crazy. Ohio *finally* relaxed the RVS laws so that you can release raccoons (provided they spend 65 days in your facility) in all counties except those bordering PA. (Where raccoon rabies is still an issue)
 
2013-05-21 05:44:33 AM  

Shadow Blasko: RealFarknMcCoy2: That skunk got to be an "educational animal" for an outfit in another county. Oh, and the policy for SD County? NO good reason for it. There has NEVER, EVER been a documented case of rabies in skunks in SD County.

Ambassador animals really have the best lives in the world.

I feel your on the RVS laws, I know the why... and the extreme precautions that need to be taken, but at the same time it just drives me crazy. Ohio *finally* relaxed the RVS laws so that you can release raccoons (provided they spend 65 days in your facility) in all counties except those bordering PA. (Where raccoon rabies is still an issue)


Yeah, that skunk had a great life! The people who took him told me he LOVED kids (God only knows why!), so he was a real hit at all the elementary schools they visited.

I do know/understand the need to be careful about rabies, but FFS, the policy in SD County was LUDICROUS. The skunk didn't even need to bite/scratch anyone - as long as it came into contact with ppl in any way, they'd kill/test it. And there was NO rabies in any country surrounding SD, and none of THOSE counties were as paranoid...
 
2013-05-21 05:46:31 AM  

Shadow Blasko: RealFarknMcCoy2: // Not currently doing wildlife rehab, though I wouldn't mind doing some here in Oz

OMG... I talked to a guy that has a couple non-releasable wombats in his rehab!

Talk about amazing! They are just as sweet as can be, and just as smart as raccoons.
I would love to spend some "heartbreak time" with a wombat. Or a Quokka!


Wombats are nowhere near as smart as raccoons - sorry to burst your bubble!  They're cute when they're little, but adult wombats resemble nothing quite so much as a boulder with hair... ;-)
 
2013-05-21 05:58:23 AM  

RealFarknMcCoy2: Shadow Blasko: RealFarknMcCoy2: // Not currently doing wildlife rehab, though I wouldn't mind doing some here in Oz

OMG... I talked to a guy that has a couple non-releasable wombats in his rehab!

Talk about amazing! They are just as sweet as can be, and just as smart as raccoons.
I would love to spend some "heartbreak time" with a wombat. Or a Quokka!

Wombats are nowhere near as smart as raccoons - sorry to burst your bubble!  They're cute when they're little, but adult wombats resemble nothing quite so much as a boulder with hair... ;-)


Well... that's disappointing.
 
2013-05-21 06:24:30 AM  
We know a woman who used to be licensed for raptor rehab.  She had a burrowing owl that couldn't be released because of a damaged leg. It used to sit on her shoulder, desk, anywhere it could, so it could snuggle.
 
2013-05-21 06:59:02 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: This one needs a good breast feeding [i.imgur.com image 350x400]


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

[www.savebadger.co.uk image 634x463]

Badger badger badger badger badger badger...


Needs more mushroom.
 
2013-05-21 07:10:28 AM  
Anyone who has ever had to deal with raccoons knows that they are disease ridden bags of shiat. There are too many already. I know someone will say I sound heartless. Oh well.
 
2013-05-21 07:40:18 AM  

FunkOut: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x333]


Photo of the nascent Deerfox virus that engulfs humanity in 2017...

/death by cuteness
 
2013-05-21 08:00:02 AM  
It seems to me you ought to rescue animals in short supply.  None of the animals mentioned here are in short supply at all.
 
2013-05-21 08:14:32 AM  
Diabeetus, anyone?
 
2013-05-21 08:56:34 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 ...


I live in Estes Park, Colorado.  I see stupid people doing stupid things around wildlife all summer long.  Living next to a cabin build sight in the canyon, a worker arrived in the morning and unchained the dirt road access to the site.  He saw something in the weeds and the next thing I know this guy is walking toward me with a fawn in his arms wrapped up in his flannel shirt.  It was wet.
He had absolutely no clue, and thought the animal had been hit by a car because it would not get up and walk away.  Of course it was because it was newborn and couldn't stand yet.   I could see the concerned Momma Doe watching us thru the high weeds.  I was so pissed off that this guy from Denver was so disconnected from nature, he had no idea what a newborn looked like.   All I could do was explain what the situation was, and what he had done.  I told him to put it in the weed where he found it and walk away.   The fawn was absolutely rejected by it's mother died.
 
2013-05-21 09:11:49 AM  
The vet we used to take our pets to found 4 baby flying squirrels that had be orphaned, and hand-raised them.
He figured they were old enough to release when they were big enough to knock over lamps.

They generated many a "Squeeee!"
 
2013-05-21 11:06:32 AM  

haruspex: Anyone who has ever had to deal with raccoons knows that they are disease ridden bags of shiat. There are too many already. I know someone will say I sound heartless. Oh well.


I've dealt with them for better than a decade. They are cleaner than any cat I have met, both physically and in regards to illness.

/And smarter than a lot of people I have met.
 
2013-05-21 11:18:10 AM  

DoctorOfLove: It seems to me you ought to rescue animals in short supply.  None of the animals mentioned here are in short supply at all.


That might be the craziest thing I have ever read here... and I spend time in the politics tab.
 
2013-05-21 11:41:55 AM  

Bonzo_1116: 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.


Unrelated threadjack, answering a question from a week ago:

MCHS, class of '91
 
2013-05-21 11:48:39 AM  

haruspex: Anyone who has ever had to deal with raccoons knows that they are disease ridden bags of shiat. There are too many already. I know someone will say I sound heartless. Oh well.


You don't sound heartless, just idiotic. You have no idea what you're talking about.
 
2013-05-21 12:47:52 PM  
Those pictures were so god damn cute I can't hardly stand it.  And while I understand what Shadow was trying to convey, you came into a feel good thread (uncommon on Fark) about cute animals and totally shiat all over it.
 
2013-05-21 01:08:26 PM  
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"Cheeze it! The cops!"
 
2013-05-21 01:58:59 PM  

BKITU: Bonzo_1116: 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.

Unrelated threadjack, answering a question from a week ago:

MCHS, class of '91


Class of '90 over here.
 
2013-05-21 02:02:40 PM  

HatMadeOfAss: Those pictures were so god damn cute I can't hardly stand it.  And while I understand what Shadow was trying to convey, you came into a feel good thread (uncommon on Fark) about cute animals and totally shiat all over it.


You've absolutely got to be kidding me.

Think about this for a second.

The longest running thread series in fark history is cute animals. FARK STARTED WITH A PICTURE OF A SQUIRREL.

There are literally hundreds of millions of cute-ass animal pictures, both domestic and exotic, on the internet.

We have "Squirrel got into my engine, raccoon in the attic, ugly ass giraffe," and more threads on a very regular basis.

As far as I know we get about 1 thread that is actually about wildlife rehab a year. It is a subject I am passionate about.

Pardon me if I don't even consider apologizing.
 
2013-05-21 02:24:27 PM  
Wildlife rehabilitation can be a very rewarding experience, but you need to understand from the beginning that they are not pets. If your released bird has no fear of humans and lands on some strangers shoulder, they are going to react as if they are in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.


There are non-profit groups that can help with the training, supplies and support for anyone interested. Their relationships with local vets and free supplies can keep costs to volunteers to a minimum. The groups also provide guidance and friendships with other people that can help you through the tough spots.


Organized groups often get more animals than they can handle and can help you take on whatever small part you can contribute.


A group like this in Central NC is wildlifewelfare.org. They also have links to resources that list other groups. You may be able to find one in your area.
 
2013-05-21 02:27:48 PM  

Mago: A group like this in Central NC is wildlifewelfare.org. They also have links to resources that list other groups. You may be able to find one in your area.


Is that your area? I'm friends with some of the folks at NC Claws/Paws
 
2013-05-21 03:06:21 PM  

Shadow Blasko: Is that your area? I'm friends with some of the folks at NC Claws/Paws


That is my area. I am not a rehabber, but have family that has done it for 20+ years. Being around it this long you learn interesting facts like people wearing kevlar gloves are provided little protection against squirrel bites. All it does it increase the confidence of the man grabbing the squirrel and causes him to freely offer the squirrel a very meaty part of the hand.

I don't know anyone in those groups, but I have heard good things about them.
 
2013-05-21 03:10:42 PM  

Mago: Shadow Blasko: Is that your area? I'm friends with some of the folks at NC Claws/Paws

That is my area. I am not a rehabber, but have family that has done it for 20+ years. Being around it this long you learn interesting facts like people wearing kevlar gloves are provided little protection against squirrel bites. All it does it increase the confidence of the man grabbing the squirrel and causes him to freely offer the squirrel a very meaty part of the hand.

I don't know anyone in those groups, but I have heard good things about them.


Yep.. Chisel point teeth... Not much stopping them. I have dozens of bite scars from my time.

Interestingly, I made a rig for administering SubQ fluids to squirrels and small mammals out of "sharkmail" (really really fine stainless steel chainmail) with a 2" steel O-ring in middle. It lets you secure the critter, without worrying about bites, or airway compromise, and pull up enough skin to administer fluids.

Works really well. I sent them out as christmas gifts to my rehabber friends.
 
2013-05-21 03:44:08 PM  
About 3 nights ago, got to watch some fox kits playing in the yard of the abandoned house across the street from mine, while Mama or Daddy paced in the middle of the road. They were really cute. It was fun watching.

But no touching! And especially no feeding!
 
2013-05-21 03:58:56 PM  

CrscntBufS: About 3 nights ago, got to watch some fox kits playing in the yard of the abandoned house across the street from mine, while Mama or Daddy paced in the middle of the road. They were really cute. It was fun watching.

But no touching! And especially no feeding!


Doubly so because they are notorious carriers of rabies.

A neighbor used to leave out bowls of catfood for the fox family that lived in our neighborhood for a while,
under her back shed, in fact.  One night, she saw two kits dart out to the bowl and drag it back with the
under the shed.

Just hearing her describe it shot my blood suger up 15 points.
 
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