[Note: out of town today. This post was written a few days ago. Gideon did not end up doing well yesterday. I’ll update on Thursday.]
It’s been a while. But here we are back around to Spring. I’ve been telling you that all of us in rescue work are more than a little worried about the bumper crop of kittens we may be up against this year. The Winter in so much of the nation was really mild. We’re all hoping that does NOT translate into more kittens, but whether more or not, they WILL be earlier this year. And so will the wildlife babies. Older Daughter got her first babies on March 1st. Followed by another baby on March 2nd.
Someone got in contact with Older on March 1st after saving two tiny baby squirrels when a tree blew down during a storm the day before. When Older received them, she could barely believe her eyes. These two babies were tinier and younger than any she’d had before. She researched and discovered they were less than one week old. Oh, dear. This would make it more difficult to keep them alive. But all you can do is give it everything you’ve got. And that’s what Older did. She fed them every two hours around the clock for days (and nights). She is now on an every-three-hour schedule. She’s kept these teeny tiny babies alive for a full week. I know every day she gets more hopeful that maybe they will make it. Of course, as you all know, babies this young can go downhill quick, even after progress. But we are hopeful. Meet the first two Wild Angels of Wildlife Season.
The day after Older received the squirrels, she got a call about a baby bunny. This person’s dog was carrying the bunny in its mouth. She raced it to her veterinary clinic (which happens to be MY clinic) and they knew that Older was a licensed rehabber. So they sent her the half hour down to our place and Older met her in our driveway. Unfortunately, this baby bunny had two injuries. The skin was peeled back on one of the legs, and there was a small hernia on its abdomen. Older has everything she needs to treat injuries, but baby bunnies are hard to keep alive under the best of circumstances. Older knew that this would be one she would lose. But again – you do everything you can, and hope. This baby is still alive. And eating. But bunnies are notorious for looking great one minute and literally just dying in the next moment. So Older is trying to be cautiously hopeful. Meet the third Wild Angel of the Season.
As a mother, I have mixed feelings about Older Daughter’s chosen lifestyle. I am SO proud that she dedicates herself to saving injured and orphaned wildlife. But during baby season, she gets so little sleep that I never stop worrying about her. Guess how much weight my opinion about her lack of sleep has. Yep. Zero. (smile) So here we go. Wild Angels is back in business.
See you tomorrow.