Oh my goodness have we be busy this week! Today’s post will be a very brief update and it will also include a current mammal head count for what we have in our care.
Our squirrel population has almost doubled this week. We are now up to 16 squirrels and have had to place some of them with a different surrogate so that we can make sure everyone receives the highest quality of care and no one becomes overwhelmed with an enormous amount of critters to care for. In the care of the surrogate we have been following this far we are up to 10 in her care plus 1 in vet care. The oldest two groups started on solid foods this week an began the process of weaning. The two youngest that came in at only a week old are continuing to grow but are still fighting an up hill battle since they most likely got very little immune boost and enzymes from mom prior to arriving. The two newest are only about a week apart in age and the younger of the two opened her eyes this afternoon. They will be introduced to each other tomorrow as we shift enclosures around to provide more room to play and grow. As for the one currently in a vet’s care, we are not sure if her injuries will be treatable. She came in to us yesterday after a tree trimming accident and at just a few weeks old we are not sure if she is strong enough to fight the battle that may be ahead of her. After the vet completes her examine we will as a team have to make a decision as to the best course of action. If we do feel that an amputation will not be too risky and her quality of will be high she will under go the procedure and then be placed with a surrogate to monitor her healing and squirrel socialization so that she too may one day be released.
As too are current roster of mammals we have:
3 Wild Hares1 Bobcat Kitten (2 more at Nature’s World)
And in addition to these mammals we have numerous birds and a few gopher tortoises too!
If you happen to find any wildlife in trouble please make sure you report it to a licensed rescue organization like Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife so that it can receive the care and treatment it needs. We also ask that you consider making a donation to Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife so that we may continue our work which includes the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wildlife in the Tampa Bay Area.