Yoti Coyote hopped a plane for Boston. We had a bit of stress initially at the Duluth Airport getting his flight squared away, but eventually, all was fine. Delta staff, esp. Scott, were just wonderful. And Trudy kept Yoti very calm, holding him and rocking him softly until he fell asleep. She is so kind and maternal to all of the critters. Of course, we couldn’t help but worry about him all afternoon, even though he was on the shortest possible flight. Our imaginations always run amok. Shara promised to text us as soon as she had him, and she did, and all was well, of course! (This update really wasn’t supposed to be about Yoti, but well, he just crept in. He’s good at that!)
In the meantime–releases! We released 3 robins a few days ago, including the one who had funky butt bumps from parasitic flukes. The bumps disappeared after treatment with antiparasitics and he and his buddies were good to go! Yesterday, the little chipping sparrow who came in with an injured wing was released, and today, one of the flickers graduated. And all of the mice are grown and gone. Yay! 2 more robins are almost ready. We are going through scads of earthworms and mealworms.
The little squirrel in the picture is a young Franklin’s ground squirrel. We love these little guys! They whistle like birds, live in colonies, and spend a lot of their life underground and hibernating. They are omnivorous, and eat not only greens and other veggies, but also love insects and grubs. Plus, they have the coolest mutton chop whiskers. Read more about them here.
We also have a baby chipmunk, 6 little eyes-closed red squirrels, 3 young voles, bunches of young cottontails, and 9 young raccoons.
We got a young Cooper’s hawk from Robin yesterday. And of course, we have lots and lots of recuperating pigeons!
And I think that’s everyone!
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