North East Wildlife Animal Rehabilitation Coalition is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization. We are a group of licensed wildlife rehabilitators, and these are the tales of the injured and orphaned animals we care for until they are able to be released back into the wild.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

There's a muskrat in my tub!

No, really!! There's a muskrat in my tub! Got this cutie in the other day. I've never taken care of one of these before so it's been a learning experience. Got him set up in a little nest of fleece at one end of the tub and there's a litter pan filled with water and a little ramp to go in and out of it at the other end of the tub. The fur is amazingly soft! Doing a great job eating his formula and even nibbling solids already. A meal then a little dip in the pool....
....then a little grooming to keep the fur in tip top shape and back to bed.
The basement isn't smelling all that fresh and clean either...not with these five little stinkers that have recently moved in! They've got a nice hutch full of dirt and they are loving it! Already eating solid foods.....mice seem to be their favorite...yummy! It won't be long before these guys have to go outside.
When I was out last night filling the feeders I ran into Red. She brought the kids in to visit grammy! 4 beautiful kits that look just like her! I got some very cute video with my phone but doesn't seem to be compatible here so I'm sorry to say I am unable to show you! Bummer! Button also ran in real quick, grabbed some treats from me, then off she went again.

The final kit has joined the family. She was being cared for by another rehabber until weaned and is now here to join the gang and finally make some coonie friends. Her name is Pansy (No...I am not responsible for that name! LoL...that's all on you Lisa!) and she's beautiful! I'm going to try soon to take a minute or 2 to get some updated pics of the gang finally.

We are STILL waiting for necropsy results from Tufts! Laurie spoke to them yesterday and they said another week. SIGH!!! I've been getting the outdoor pen ready for the younger gang...just waiting to see if I should be concerned about anything contagious or not. Patience is a virtue I guess!


  1. Oh wow, that muskrat is such a cutie!!!! I want!!! lol
    And those skunks!!!!!! Precious little stinkers!! Did they really stink up your basement? I didn't think they sprayed unless they felt threatened. And how the heck do you get the stink out, lol?

  2. Very cute kids! I love your pictures!

  3. They don't stink as bad as the adults...these little guys wrestle and fight over chicken wings a lot giving off a little puff here and there...but nothing as potent as a vetran stinker...LOL! Luckily it does not linger long!