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.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Deja vu!

Just like a couple weeks ago...4 baby skunks have arrived. Mom was found hit by a car in Belmont and John to the rescue again! He managed to trap the little buggars despite their best attempts to  elude him! None the worse for wear, they are doing well and eagerly eating out of bowls and are full of attitude like the first group! But they are still damn cute!

Speaking of skunk attitude! The first group are loving it outside. Despite the fact that I bring them lots of yummy things to eat, all I ever get is the tall tail salute! One of them even had the nerve to stomp and charge at the camera when I was taking pictures! (thus the close up shot!) Not fans of the paparazzi to say the least.

Luckily the new crew is about the same size as the first. I only have the one outdoor pen for little stinkers so, after a quarantine inside, I should be able to put them outside together.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My little Odie boy!

Here he is in all his little runt, Odie. He thoroughly enjoys his walks outside with Mom. He's doing well despite his stunted development. Though I am not trying to fool myself. Something is obviously off with him and I fear he may not be long for this world. But while he is here, I fully intend to make sure he is happy and having fun!!

Here is a little example of just how little he is! He is 9 weeks old....older than Champ here! He is about the size of a 4 week old, weighing in at about 375 grams, and should be bigger than her. He is also no where near being weaned with no interest in solid foods.
 His little size doesn't hold him back though. He has no problem hanging with the big kids and really enjoys his playtime with them!
 Besides Odie, these are the last 4 babies remaining inside. The girls, Millie and Champ.
 Champ is doing awesome and such a sweetheart. She was the emaciated baby found huddled under her dead mothers tail in the road.
 Scritch, the little single from Mary, and Fluff, back for good now. Scritch is still getting a couple bottles a day, but the rest are weaned! Even Scritch is eating chow so it won't be long before the bottles stop for her as well.
The past weekend was spent cleaning out and redecorating pens, vaccinating 29 out of the 34 coons, and moving babies outside! Mason, Cinder and Bossy were moved into a pen with the Dighton 4 and the Little Rascals. All weaned at last! Hooray!
Gimpy, Fitchy and the Fast 5 were joined by the older ARL 5, 4 babies that were being fostered by another rehabber and another new kid added to the mix. He was plucked out of a sewer by the Arlington ACO after he spent the weekend in there because the people that found him in there Friday, didn't bother calling until Monday! Poor thing! Now named Chanel (No. 5 of course!), he is smelling much better, has a full belly and is much happier with lots of friends to play with!
The little stinkers have also been moved outside and are loving it. They will be here for a while though, way too young to go even though they are eating on their own as well. It is absolutely adorable watching them play and wrestle with each other. Unfortunately when I get too close they hide so I have not managed to get any good video of it!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Alert! Special treat very high on the cute scale!

Amazon was kind enough to bring the kid around while there was still some daylight left and I could get some great pics with the real camera! The little one (who I am calling Tribby...short for tributary, or small river) was pretty shy at first.

But mom obviously knows best and if she's OK with the giant, scary, hairless thing....well then so was Tribby! And so we finally get a look at that adorable face!

Almost got another surprise of the unpleasant kind too! This big fella was sharing the feeder at the shed with Belle and Amazon. Luckily I noticed the un-coon like markings in time to stop and slow down and proceed very quietly around him instead of just plowing through like a bull in a china shop like I usually do out there!
Speaking of little these four cuties in Saturday as well!

All 4 are doing great, and little as they are, eating on their own out of bowls! Yahooo!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Change ups & change in plans.....

Big changes for some of the older kids! The Fast 5, Gimpy and Fitchy....WEANED!! Yeah baby! And not only large outside in the big pen and loving it!
Here Gimpy and Fitchy take a little walk in the yard before meeting the Fast Five.

 Then its on to fun with new friends with lots of new things to explore! A little nervous at first, they all clung to the walls....

 ....but toss a little food in there....oh, and a POOL!!!!!!!!!!!...and there was no holding them back!

 The older ARL 5 are going to be added into the mix with them soon so I can give their pen a good scrub down and get the Little Rascals and Dighton 4 out there.
Change of plans with Fluffa and Millie....they are here now. Lisa couldn't give them up, LOL. I know the feeling! I only like to pass on the new ones that come in...once I've had them a night or two and get to know them, well, you're just hooked!
Mary's Scritch is now buddied up with Champ and both are thrilled to have a friend! I don't think it will be long before they in turn go in with Mason, Cinder and Bossy...then Fluff and Millie...and form another big herd of crazy coonie babies!
My little Odie man is still chugging along and cute as can be. He's all by himself unfortunately because he's just so small and the rest of the gang his age have all outgrown him considerably. He does, however, get supervised playtime with his rowdy pals the Little Rascals and the Dighton 4 and loves it! And they seem to realize they need to use care around him because surprisingly, they are pretty gentle with him, as opposed to the rough and tumble way they play with each other.
On the wild side of things, I've had a lot of visits with some old friends out there! Ringer and Belle, of course, are regulars. River and Gibby are out there usually during the later hours of the evening. River insists on sitting in my lap for some attention and Gibby....yes he is still a big mush! Amazon has been out there quite a bit with Ringer and Belle. I was at first undecided as to whether it was Amazon or possibly Red....they change so much sometimes it's hard to tell, but one night when River showed up while she was out there ended that debate. Mom and daughter were quite happy to see each other! Last night I was again surprised. I didn't think Amazon was a mom, but she sure is, as you can see here with her one very adorable kit! I'm officially a great grandma, LOL. They stayed for a little late night supper and off they went.
The woods are FULL of kits now! Seems like all the moms decided to bring them out at the same time this year. I'm literally almost tripping over some of them when I  surprise them out there. Adorable!