Both flying squirrels got sick yesterday. After lots of intensive care and TLC, one is much better today, but one is still pretty sick. Most squirrels (and most rodents) are very hardy, but flying squirrels seem more like bunnies–very fragile, with very sensitive tummies. We will continue to do our utmost for these beautiful little squirrels.
We got three more baby birds yesterday, and they are the same type as the other two we already have (and we still don’t know that that is!). They were brought in a day after they were found in a stored vehicle that had been moved. They were stone-cold, and 2 died right after getting here. The other was looking just terrible for most of the day despite warming and subcutaneous fluids, but finally perked up . He is finally gaping, eating, and pooping, and has joined the other two.
The baby songbirds are surging in size–one went from 14 g to 19 g in a day, and the other grew from 15 g to 21 g in a day. We can see them literally growing before our eyes. Their eyes are starting to open. Still don’t know what they are, but we realize that they are going to be bigger than we originally thought. ? Brewer’s Blackbird or grackle (Christa’s prediction–she may well be right!)? They now have pinfeathers on their wings, and their eyes are open.
The kidnapped fawn has rejoined his mom. The broken-leg fawn we sent to Wild and Free is doing great! She didn’t need surgery, just a cast. Dr. Deb expects a good outcome for her.
The kingfisher is perching more and more steadily, but still has to flap to keep her balance. We are very pleased with her progress! Tanager and warblers and waxwings still recovering.
The baby pigeons are doing a soft release at a pigeon-friendly site, where the northern goshawk that frequents Wildwoods won’t make an immediate meal of them. They will soon be joined by another orphaned pigeon.
The baby grey squirrels and woodchuck are doing great! The bunnies are doing well so far, though the outlook for the litter who arrived chilled and quite dehydrated is still very guarded. The mice are gearing up for release. The gulls continue to glare and eat.
Wildwoods was called on a consult here, reported on Fox21.
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