Hoots, Howls, and Hollers
So, you are minding your own business when suddenly you are confronted with an injured or orphaned wild animal. There is no way you are going to turn your back and walk away ignoring the possibility of hours of suffering and the eventual demise of the animal. No, you take the bull by the horns and make the rescue. If it is beyond your capacity or if you have fears, you start the search for help. If you are lucky of if you have done this before, you call Liberty Wildlife’s Hotline (480-998-5550).
Depending on the case, either you are directed to bring the rescue in or a rescue volunteer is dispatched to pick it up for delivery to our facility.
What you need to know follows, and it couldn’t be said better than the words of Terry Stevens. It goes like this:
Thank you! This animal got its best chance for survival when you made the phone call to Liberty Wildlife. You have done a commendable service for it and all wildlife in Arizona by caring enough to make this effort. Now, your job is done and ours begins. Liberty’s well-trained staff and volunteers will do their best to take the next step in this animal’s journey back to health and freedom. They will attend to the necessary medical requirements of the animal, care for it during its recovery, and hopefully, release it when it again becomes healthy enough to be viable in the wild.
Because Liberty Wildlife takes in over 6,500 animals per year, our volunteers’ time is a precious commodity. In order to devote this limited resource to the task of treatment and rehabilitation, we are unable to provide personal updates as to the medical status of individual animals. We hope you understand this limitation. Please know that they are in the best of hands and will receive outstanding care administered with skill and love. Again, thank you for doing your part in providing this animal the chance you have given it today.
Remember to be aware of your surroundings; be alert to issues with the wildlife that shares your neighborhood and be willing to take the time and effort to help. We will take over at that point and do the best we can to return the animal you assisted back into the wild. We couldn’t do this without your help.
This Week @ Liberty
The intake total so far this year is 106.
And then the rains came… Let’s all try to remember this weather in July! And after all, it did just show us the real meaning of “Waterfront property!”
In other news…we opened up for our first public tours last weekend and it went extremely well. The crowds are small, but the word is slowly getting out and should grow with time. In the meantime, we are learning the ropes of being open to the public and how to refine our program. Both the people attending and the volunteers presenting had a good time – and the animals seemed to take it all in stride.
The digital X-ray unit is proving its worth with timely radiographs, allowing for speedy diagnoses and treatment. And the intakes and rescues come in…
The rains presented a swollen Rio Salado on the north side of the new Liberty facility. We found out about some drainage issues that will soon be remedied, but gave the waterfowl a fun day in their enclosure. There’s nothing happier than a duck in a few inches of water!
Our volunteer Medical Service staff are enjoying the roominess and cleanliness of our new facilities. From the Sunday crew (above with a GBH) to the Tuesday Vet Night staff, everyone is slowly settling into the new digs. The great horned owl presented an electrical burn on its wing so Jan used a special bandage/dressing designed for burns to good advantage.
John Glitsos rescued and brought in a Reeve’s pheasant that had flown into someone’s window pane. Most likely a pet, the Reeve’s is a beautiful bird native to central and eastern China. This pheasant is mentioned in the 2008 edition of Guinness World Records for having the longest natural tail feather of any bird species. John had to cut a hole in his rescue box to fit the bird in without damaging his tail! The bird is still in treatment for trauma sustained in the window collision.
Yet another red tail, victim of someone who pumped eight projectiles into the hapless bird. REALLY?!?! C’mon people, let’s use our heads – and our hearts…
This road runner ate something that had been involved with some fishing gear, including a large hook. The unfortunate bird swallowed the hook which became hopelessly entangled in his internal organs. Sadly the bird could not be saved and proves once more the importance of not leaving fishing equipment in the environment.
This raccoon came in recently with some head trauma, possibly from a car collision. His skull is fractured in several places and he is still fighting to survive. This once again points up the value of having radiology capability on site.
One of the upsides of doing programs on-site (see below) is the Education volunteers don’t have to spread astro-turf under the birds to protect carpets and floors (even if the tarps DO blend in with the ambient color schemes!)
The public tours debuted last week and despite poor weather, the folks who braved threatening skies and cold temperatures had a great time.
Several of the people here for the tours said they heard about Liberty on Channel 10 earlier in the week. Day time reporter Anita Roman was on hand to do a morning spot which went over very well with local audiences. The word about Liberty is getting out!