It’s not too late to purchase a 2013 LWR calendar through Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/shop/lwr-2013-calendar/calendar/product-20508997.html;jsessionid=9A82168D6909525E23A40D22846C7A80. The calendar features full-color photos of 12 of 2012’s intakes, one per month. All proceeds ($10 per calendar) over Lulu.com’s printing fees will be used to support our rehab efforts in 2013. Thanks to those of you who’ve already purchased calendars; for those who haven’t—what’re you waiting for? 2013 has arrived; time’s a-wastin’!
The flying squirrels were released shortly after the last update; several nights recently that the weather’s been decent, I’ve heard flyers in the yard and seen one of my feeders swaying when I aimed a flashlight at it. They’re lightning-quick little rascals! I’m pretty sure the two released flyers took up with the colony that frequents my yard at night.
The gray squirrels continue to grow apace, although they’re somewhat smaller than they should be. I’m not sure if this is because of the crappy diet they had before I got them or if it’s just that they were “out of season” babies. As of today, we had one fully open pair of eyes and one pair beginning to open. All 6 beady little eyes should be open by the weekend.
This little brown bat (actual species name; Georgia also has big brown bats among its 16 species of bats) came in Christmas Day with a broken wing. Since I’m not licensed for RVS (rabies vector species), I took him in with the intention of transferring him to a properly RVS-licensed rehabber if he was savable. Of course, lacking the pre-exposure vaccine, the only way I could safely handle this little guy was with gloves, so a really thorough exam on my part was impossible. I debated and hoped that what appeared to be an open fracture was actually a puncture wound, but when my vets reopened after Christmas, we discovered that the break was in fact not fixable—there was no need for an x-ray, as when the little fellow began thrashing about in vet Richie Hatcher’s hand, it was obvious that the break was in the joint. Joint fractures in any flying creature, bat or bird, can’t be repaired to allow flight.
These stereotypical grimaces were a reaction to our exam:
And finally, just after Christmas, another gunshot red tailed hawk, a mature male, came in. This guy’s wing is broken but not badly displaced, so he should heal well. He’s not nearly as good humored as the female; in fact, he acts downright paranoid.