So, today, I met with a woman who runs one of the local wildlife rehab clinics. I’m going to volunteer there, after I get my rabies pre-exposure vaccinations. She has a really cool operation. She takes in, rehabs and releases about 200 injured, sick or orphaned animals a year, about half of which are orphaned babies. She specializes in raccoons, but also works with skunks, foxes, squirrels, groundhogs, opossums, bats, coyotes and once even a litter of baby deermice.
I learned a lot just in this one visit – for example, did you know that skunks and foxes imprint on humans in rehab, so in order for them to be successfully reintroduced into the wild, you can’t handle them much? And that raccoons thrive on human interaction while in rehab, but don’t seem to seek it out after release, so you need to interact with them a lot? I didn’t either! Also, deermouse babies are really, really small.
I can’t wait to start there.