Once you see something, you can not un-see it. That is why I am going to tell you about a horrible case that came in Sunday now, and post the pictures tomorrow....so you will not accidentally see a nightmare you will never un-see again! You have been forewarned so don't open the graphic photos if you do not want to see it please.
Rehabilitating wildlife is not all cute little orphans to play with and feed and set free again. Once you get into this you are going to learn how terribly cruel people can be to animals and you are going to learn some of the horrific things that animals endure. It opens a whole new door of knowledge that can never be closed again. Ignorance is bliss....if you don't know all about these awful things then you can truly enjoy all the happy, warm, fuzzy stories and pictures and all is good!
Unfortunately we are not ignorant. Unfortunately sometimes all we can do is end suffering as quickly as possible. Unfortunately sometimes you become sick to your stomach because you were not able to end somethings suffering soon enough and you are haunted by what that poor animal went through before it reached you!
While Laurie and I were visiting our gang on the island, she got a call from a woman that found an injured raccoon wandering in the middle of traffic. She stopped traffic, scooped it up and headed our way. She said it's face was torn up and didn't think it had any eyes. That was an understatement! It was an older baby...maybe 3 months old tops. Laurie was the brave one. She looked at it first and immediately euthanized it. Based on her reaction....I really didn't want to look, but in the interest of learning I had to. The poor thing had no face left whatsoever! We still cannot believe it was even alive and walking around! There were maggots coming out of EVERYWHERE....every part of it's body. It was literally being eaten alive by them. There is no way to tell what happened to the poor thing....was it attacked by something that chewed it's face off or did it just get a wound that got infested with maggots and they destroyed it's face? We will never know. As you will see (if you dare to look) the damage was just too extensive.
All I know is I will never stop thinking about that poor soul...about what it must have gone through and how it suffered!