Monday, March 14, 2011

This Week at Liberty 03/14/2011

The intake total is now at 181.
A short update this week but still some cool stuff! New birds and mammals are always coming in, and I've included a couple of updates on previous patients just for fun. The weather is getting warmer (for now!) and the breeding is beginning! Hang on tight...!
Snuggling tortoises...
Just a fun shot of the two baby desert tortoises sleeping face-to-face in their terrarium. They have grown sooo much in the past few months, but then again, all they do is eat and sleep (mostly eat!) I'll post periodic updates on their growth!
Sharon and Joanie bring out a great egret for Vet Night examination.
Jan examines the break at the wrist.
Toba wraps around the breeding plumes.
A light snack before more cage rest.
A pretty great egret sporting some beautiful breeding plumes arrived last week. He has a nasty break near the wrist of his left wing, but hope never dies around Liberty! His wound was cleaned and a foam splint was wrapped to his wing with some purple cammo wrap before he was placed back in the brooder. He has subsequently been transferred outside to room with the great blue heron who hopefully will be released soon.
The first arriving bunny family.
The tiniest of newborn bunnies.
A careful feeding.
Some older "step-siblings" arrive.
"This doesn't smell like mom...!"
OK, spring is definitely in the air. Not only are the GHO's breeding, but the bunnies are going at it like, well...rabbits! Two separate cottontail orphan families arrived on Tuesday last week, the first some recent newborns, and then some more that were a few days older. Before being transferred to Ruth, they were examined and fed. Hey, Easter is just around the corner!!
Toba and Kristine check some beautiful wings for injury.
There's something suspicious about the feet...
A beautiful young RTH.
The first year of life is terribly hard on birds, giving them an 80% mortality rate, regardless of their species. A gorgeous young red-tail came in last week with undetermined injuries. She presented no overt trauma, but she did have some suspicious evidence on her feet. One of the main recurring injuries we see over time is that involving electricity and it's sometimes the most difficult to correctly diagnose - at first. The bird is now under observation to see if any symptoms of electrical injury develop.
122 stretches his wings in the flight enclosure.
A rousing condor!

This is a beautiful bird!
SInce everyone keeps asking "How's the condor doing?" I thought I'd give a little update. His crop seems to have started working again, and although he isn't out of danger yet, he is making great strides towards recovery. He has now been transferred to one of the 60ft. flight enclosures and he's getting to eat real food. So far, he is doing really well as his lead levels are remaining low. If he keeps improving at this rate, he'll be taken back up to the condor site on the Vermillion Cliffs in a few weeks!

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