I’m thinking of abandoning or deleting this blog and just moving the podcast over to a free website. I hate having languishing, unupdated blogs that I just don’t use anymore.
From Shakespearean sonnets to impassioned speeches to lovers’ whispers, human language is an amazingly rich form of expression, whose evolution has long puzzled scientists.
Now, some researchers propose that human language represents the blending of two different communication systems, those found in songbirds and monkeys. Content-based language may have its roots in monkey alarm calls, while grammar may come from the expressive parts of bird song…
Wildlife Rehabilitation: There’s a Reason You Need a License.
The idea of hand-raising a cute baby (fill in the blank) is a tempting prospect for just about any animal lover, to be certain. And everyone has their ‘but but but!’s and reasons to believe they know what they’re doing and are perfectly qualified to take care of the animal in need they happened across. However, keeping wildlife captive without a license is illegal - and with good cause.
Proper Medical Care.
Odds are high that without license and proper training and facilities, you aren’t qualified or capable of diagnosing an animal and providing proper medical care - and any veterinarian willing to care for and return wildlife to an unlicensed individual, frankly, is extremely unprofessional and likely not qualified either (your dog’s vet does not necessarily know what to do with owl hatchlings).
I go to work at a wildlife center and do everything from counting individual meal worms to preparing ‘3 chicks, cut open, feet removed’. Need I say more? Wildlife, in order to regain healthy and be best prepared for release, need to be fed strictly according to their natural diet, weight, condition, age, and other individual needs.
Proper Facilities and Handling.
A small bird can give itself a heart attack and die in the time it takes you to deliver it to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Wildlife losing their fear of humans is almost always a death sentence for re-released animals. Raccoons are cuddly and cute until they hit puberty. Unlike pets, wildlife are not comforted by ‘baby talk’ or touch, and they don’t know you’re ‘trying to help’. If its not running and fighting, its likely frozen in fear, not in trust - and that’s very dangerous. An animal that gets loose before it is fully rehabilitated will most likely die. On that note, knowing when to release an animal can also be the factor that determines its fate.
“But my friend who raises squirrels said you would just put it down?”
A responsible, licensed wildlife rehabilitator knows when an animal is too sick to be humanely kept alive, too injured to lead a successful life in the wild, etc. An animal no longer healthy enough to be safe and happy in the wild is not an animal now suited for a life as a domestic pet. Remember that wildlife rehabilitators are in practice because they want to help wildlife just as much (or more) than you do - let them do it.
‘Why can’t you just tell me how to care for it?/I found information on the internet’, or ‘I want my kids to have this experience.’
As previously stated, there are numerous factors that determine how an individual is treated, and these factors can change in a matter of minutes - changes that, many of which, an untrained eye does not see. The odds of you finding thorough information that covers everything you need to know to be 100% prepared to care for the animal you have in captivity is rare - its likely provided by unlicensed sources or as a general overview of what to do until you can get the animal to a proper facility. Odds are high that if you’re keeping it for your kids, your kids are in there hovering over it, baby talking, trying to hand feed it, and stroking its head, right? They’re stressing the animal potentially to its death. Please teach your kids the responsible decision and take the animal to a licensed rehabilitator. The odds are high that they’ll be willing to give you updates about the animals well-being, and you may even be invited to be involved in the release when the animal has made a full recovery.
If you want to help wildlife, volunteer! Many rehabilitation centers will take volunteers, and you’ll get hands-on experience in an environment that’s safe for the animals and safe for you.
If you find wildlife, call for help. If the situation allows, call before you even handle the wildlife - some centers will come pick up, which ensures minimal stress, and sometimes, human interference is not necessary. Don’t feed or medicate the animal unless instructed to do so (which is doubtful), and handle it as little as necessary. If you do capture it, don’t bring it to the wildlife center bundled in a towel or loose on your lap - a box or crate that’s covered (not being able to see you greatly reduces stress) is much safer. Quiet, calm, and as little contact as possible is the surest way to protect wildlife.
NOTE: I am not making any statements or claims about the situation of the animals pictured.
Yes! I want to print this and give it to people. Qualified, licensed rehabbers are wonderful and the good ones have great relationships with a veterinarian. Excellent post!
I CANNOT stress this enough.
Q:Hi! Do you know how much an adult gorilla would cost in the animal smuggling trade? I'm doing research for a debate and would love to have multiple estimates. Thanks!
…………………This is honestly something I have never looked into. I have no idea.
Skunk Bear is nickname for the wolverine, so it is only right that we keep you up to date with wolverine news from round the globe!
- This article outlines the triumphant return of wolverines to Washington State, and the new threat they face as their snowy habitat melts away.
- Scientists from the Rocky Mountain Research Station looked at DNA from century-old wolverines preserved in museums and discovered that ALL the wolverines who were native to the United States were killed by humans. The wolverines we see in the states now are descended from Canadian immigrants.
- Back in the skunk bear glory days before their population was decimated by hunting, wolverines in Sweden and Norway had a pretty sweet relationship with another big predator - the lynx. Scientists from Stockholm University believe that scavenging lynx kills helped wolverines avoid hunting (which takes a lot more energy).
ICYMI: In Wolverine News: Issue #1
Just found out April 4th was World Rat Day so here are 10 rats from around the world enjoy
1. Long Tailed Giant Rat
2. Painted Tree Rat
3. Madagascan Jumping Rat
4. Northern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat
5. Bosavi Woolly Rat
6. Red Crested Tree Rat
7. Giant Bushy Tailed Cloud Rat
8. Norway Rat
9. Gambian Pouched Rat
10. Hoary Bamboo Rat
Yay world rat day!I work with Madagascar jumping rats at the zoo. They aren’t the nicest animals but they are super cute and snuggle together and make their little nests and yay rats!
this elephant is a better artist than I am
this is better then the mirror for the self awareness test.
Holy shit elephants
Guys, I need to know if this is real. Like, my heart is honestly racing at the possibility of this.
It’s trained behavior, they only know how to paint one thing, and they do it to avoid pain inflicted by their handlers.
This is a very abusive practice.
yep, was about to say the same thing, but someone beat me to it. thanks for spreading awareness.
Three breeder male Banana Ball Pythons showing some of the different variation that can be found in the morph. Like I’ve said before, there really isn’t a high or low quality Banana, each one is an absolutely stunning animal in its own right.
Truly the Holy Grail of the BP world.