Princess in Waiting
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Central FL - beside the Mouse
The baby is beautiful, but I have to be "one of those" (I can't help it!!) and become a teacher for a minute. The proper term is "Canada Goose". I know this because I had my nose dragged through it so many times it was raw when my family and I raised a flock of 7 of the messy little cuties! (With a successful release in a cemetary pond)
OHMYGOSH - I don't think I would have handled the moose very well, and I know I couldn't have got my big behind up a tree! Good for you! You're a survivor!
I hope that no one out there ever gets the idea that you get anything more than personal satisfaction, heartbreak, and a lower bank balance from rehabbing wildlife. I wouldn't swap the years I did it for anything, but the few contributions I got came no where close to covering the costs incurred! I do have some wonderful pictures, memories in my heart that will stay there forever, and a tattoo of a raccoon I raised on my ankle that are all priceless. But it's like getting involved with any other animal. Do you continue to take in wildlife (realizing that most of the time if you "find" it, it is because Mom knows best and has kicked it out of the nest) or a new pet knowing that you are going to fall in love with it and at some point something will happen and break your heart or do you choose not take it in, not love and keep your heart intact? I've always chosen the love route myself.
And don't think I'm being a Mrs. Humbug, please. Wildlife can be so rewarding, but unless you luck up and find a position with a zoo or wildlife facility there sure isn't any money in it!! (And if you find something and need any advice I'm glad to help if I can.)
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