Sunday, November 8, 2009

This Week at Liberty 11/09/2009

As the season progresses (no REALLY, it will get cooler!!), the intake window and the rescue calls still bring in wildlife of all sorts. Some of the animals are suffering from more serious injuries than others, but all get skillful, caring treatment. And, as always, release is the ultimate goal!
A cute ruddy duck.
An uncommon visitor in the valley, this ruddy duck was brought in earlier this week. Like loons, they are not equipped for mobility on dry land. When one gets stuck out of water, they are in serious trouble unless someone finds them and knows what to do. This little guy was brought in, evaluated and released within a day, suffering from nothing other than the bad luck to land on terra firma.
Die Fledermaus!
Why they're called "silver-haired" bats.
Our own Rebecca Moffat, local rep for Bat World International, rescued a silver-haired bat this week. He seemed a little disoriented and had some extra flea eggs in his large ears, but otherwise appeared intact. Rebecca will observe and treat him as necessary.
Jan assists Toba and Nina check out an RTH with injured feet.
A broken wing is bad, but hopefully repairable.
A fairly serious case of bumblefoot.
"I'm feeling a little better now..."
Red, white, and blue wraps - the All-American hawk!
A red tailed hawk came in with what seemed like a fatal wound: an unrepairable broken wing. Add to this one foot with an injury and the other presenting bumblefoot, and his prognosis was not good. But when jan examined the wing, the bones were still alive and the break, while bad, was mid-shaft and quite pinnable. X-rays and surgery will follow, as will treatment for the foot infection.
A great blue heron with fishing line nearly destroying his foot.
The line has been there for some time.
Paul (WildWing) carefully removes the line from the damaged foot.
On Sunday I rescued a GBH in Gilbert that had reportedly been attacked by a dog. When he was captured, however, it seems that his left foot was wrapped in old fishing line, damaging the foot severely. The other foot exhibited bumblefoot, probably from overuse in compensation from the line on the left side. This must have left him unable to hunt successfully and he is totally emaciated. I stopped at WildWing on my way to Liberty and Paul removed the line as every minute the circulation was impeded added to the danger - and the pain. Hopefully he can recover and be returned to his lake.
Megan hands a hawk to Lori Singleton.
Lori makes the release.
Into the sky - and freedom.
Megan instructs another attendee how to release the other HaHa.
Perfect form!
Another Arizona harris' hawk!
Two orphan harris' hawks were released this week at a function hosted by SRP at the Arizona Falls facility on Indian School Road. Attended by guests from all over the country, the group toured the unique facility and one guest, along with SRP's Lori Singleton, got to release one of the hawks.

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