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977 clicks; posted to D'awww » on 19 Jun 2020 at 1:20 PM (13 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-06-19 2:30:48 PM  
Yeah, even without a lockdown, trying to figure out who to drop an injured wild animal off to is a chore. We had a quail that was running across the top of our fence, got a leg caught between the boards, and managed to break it off (The leg, not the board). I found him/her dangling by the other leg and managed to extract him safely. I called vets and wildlife officials, and after 20 minutes, finally got sent back to my vet (Which had been my first call, actually, but this time I knew who to specifically ask for). I played phone tag for so farking long that when I finally got this guy on the phone, and he asked me to describe the issue, I turned around, and my 1 legged quail had finally recovered enough to decide that I wasn't worth waiting for, and flew off...
 
2020-06-19 2:48:52 PM  
Meh. I like nature programs about rescuing orphaned endangered animals. The little sneks I find in my basement I put outside.

But farkin' squirrels, I don't get why you'd save one of those. That and chipmunks. They're not endangered, and they don't make any notable contributions to society.

We have humans without access to modern healthcare, but she's nursing this tree rat.
 
2020-06-19 2:55:22 PM  

mcmnky: Meh. I like nature programs about rescuing orphaned endangered animals. The little sneks I find in my basement I put outside.

But farkin' squirrels, I don't get why you'd save one of those. That and chipmunks. They're not endangered, and they don't make any notable contributions to society.

We have humans without access to modern healthcare, but she's nursing this tree rat.


Because it's a living creature. Besides, what's she supposed to do? You're one of those "Still no cure for cancer" people, aren't you? She didn't take away money from healthcare programs to help this animal, so I don't know why you're blaming her. It's probably her fault that you didn't get the brakes fixed on your car, your internet is slow, Netflix has such a shiatty UI, and that stoplight at the end of your block stays red for so long, isn't it? She should have been fixing all of those things while in lockdown instead of helping a wounded animal.

So what did YOU do to provide humans with access to modern healthcare?
 
2020-06-19 2:56:31 PM  

mcmnky: But farkin' squirrels, I don't get why you'd save one of those. That and chipmunks. They're not endangered, and they don't make any notable contributions to society.


Empathy. Caring. Not wanting to see something suffer.

I saved a couple of Muskovy ducks that contracted botulism from a tainted pond. A private rescue saved them and they wound up getting back to normal. They contribute nothing but to let them simply die was not an option. And most people seem to hate those ducks where I live. They are born very cute but grow up not-so-cute. That doesn't make them not worthy of helping, though.
 
2020-06-19 3:04:16 PM  

MelGoesOnTour: mcmnky: But farkin' squirrels, I don't get why you'd save one of those. That and chipmunks. They're not endangered, and they don't make any notable contributions to society.

Empathy. Caring. Not wanting to see something suffer.

I saved a couple of Muskovy ducks that contracted botulism from a tainted pond. A private rescue saved them and they wound up getting back to normal. They contribute nothing but to let them simply die was not an option. And most people seem to hate those ducks where I live. They are born very cute but grow up not-so-cute. That doesn't make them not worthy of helping, though.


This.
 
2020-06-19 3:18:57 PM  
Damn, that was heartbreaking.
 
2020-06-19 4:30:12 PM  
She really should have let it go outside.  It would have probably hung around anyway and she could have kept caring for it.
 
2020-06-19 4:45:56 PM  
I have raised several squirrels, racoons and what have you.

DON'T tell anyone what you are doing.
 
2020-06-19 7:00:12 PM  
I make a point of helping every turtle crossing a road that I can. Even the snappers.
 
2020-06-19 7:05:23 PM  
Caught several dozen and relocated out of the neighborhood.
Pests.
 
2020-06-19 10:25:42 PM  
We had an orphaned baby opossum in our yard after a storm.  After calling around and researching it turned out that nobody would deal with it without killing it. Pest control kills them. State animal control kills them. Shelters don't do pickup. We finally got one saint from state animal control who checked it out visually and assessed the situation and made the common sense determination it wasn't rabid but also would die without help so he took it to a wildlife rehab.
Good on this lady for helping.
 
2020-06-20 2:22:35 PM  
 
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