SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Friday, December 9, 2011

The plight of Bethany

Bethany was just under two weeks when they got her with very little hair.
At four weeks of age now, Bethany the squirrel has about a week before her eyes open to her new world at Lovely Lita's Sheltering Tree Foundation. She came in with a badly mangled arm, most likely from an animal attack. The leg took two weeks to shrivel and dry up then fall off. They have kept her on antibiotics and keep silvadene on there to help keep out infections of all types.
You might ask as I did why the leg was not removed , well with her tiny size any kind of anesthesia would have been a huge risk. Squirrels do not handle it as well as a larger animal and Bethany did very well with the entire process, Lovely Lita's Sheltering Tree Foundation didn't want to risk surgery, even a short one if nature would take care of the issue with a little help to keep the infections away. Squirrels are amazing at adapting to whatever comes their way.

“I know it is hard to look at her dried up arm but believe it or not it does not seem to bother her at all. She wiggles around and acts like any other baby her age.” “She is much more comfortable now that the arm is gone.”

“Yes she will do fine. I have known several with missing limbs. They all do well. She will never miss it because she will never know it is not normal.
She is beautiful!!
Learn more about the Lovely Lita's Sheltering Tree Foundation by clicking on their link