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

Saturday, February 11, 2012

These raccoons were raised by a family after they found them as babies in a cut down tree. They kept them as pets until one of them became injured in their outdoor cage. Because it is illegal to keep pet raccoons in VA without a permit, and they didn't have one, they could not get vet care for this raccoon and had to bring them to the BRWC (Blue Ridge Wildlife Center) and give up possession of them. The female with the injured foot was separated from her brothers so we could medicate her more easily in her food and treat her foot. After two weeks she began showing signs of rabies. Rabies testing proved that she had contracted rabies. Because the family of 5 that had raised these raccoons had close contact with this raccoon, they were all required to get rabies vaccines. These two brothers are still in quarantine. Moral of the not take wildlife into your home unless you are permitted and well educated on how to care for these animals.