Wildlife Rehabilitator War Wounds

10,000 Birds

Injured wildlife are not the most cooperative of patients. Most of them think we’re trying to eat them, not help them. Frightened and defensive, they react accordingly. Wildlife rehabilitators have an arsenal of equipment and techniques we use to protect ourselves. Gloves (some lined with Kevlar), goggles, facemasks, helmets, body padding, nets, poles … the list goes on.

Hero Dog Tries To Help Wounded Dog

Creature Talk

more about “ Hero Dog Tries To Help Wounded Dog - … “, posted with vodpod. This video just melts my heart. It is a great example of how loving and selfless non-human animals can be. The whole idea that so many people hold that says somehow humans have a monopoly on emotions kind of gets tossed out the window when you see something like this. We could all learn a little something from this Hero Dog!

Marines Still Using Pigs for Medical Training

Critter News

The Marines also claim that using live pigs and inflicting wounds on them is the only way to approximate real-life situations in combat. They claim the animals are asleep during the procedures and feel no pain. It's the best way to train medical personnel. Read and decide for yourself.

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What is Wrong with People?

10,000 Birds

In Dartmouth, Massachusetts an Osprey was recently found with a gunshot wound that proved fatal and in Santa Clara, California some sick person has taken to shooting Mallards with darts from a blowgun. What is wrong with people? Asides

Dead Sea Lions in Puget Sound - Again

Critter News

The bodies of seven sea lions with bullet wounds were recently found on the Nisqually River. The animal protection group Seal Sitters says a necropsy showed that the sea lion had suffered a shark bite and had twisted intestines in addition to a bullet wound. This has happened before. I don't know whether these are disgruntled fishermen or regular jerks. Here's the whole story from the Washington Post National.

Urgent Appeal for Flex, the Greyhound

Animal Person

He came to OCFA totally flea infested and with a few open wounds. One wound (the one on his front right leg) was to the bone. Doesn't he look like my boy Charles ? Owen County Friends of Animals (KY) is a non-profit organization that fosters and seeks adoptions for the dogs picked up by their local dog warden. Dogs they can not place in foster care or find adoptive homes for are euthanized after 14 days by county ordinance. Their shelter is full.

Breed Bans are NOT the Answer

Creature Talk

While Pit bulls are incredibly strong and can therefore inflict a dangerous wound if they do attack, they are by no means the only breed that bites. I get frustrated when people suggest that all Pit bulls are a danger to society. I work with someone, in fact, who is so prejudiced against these beautiful dogs, that she will leave a dog park with her dogs if a pit bull arrives.

Coast Guard Defends Medical Practice on Animals

Critter News

Live anesthetized goats have been used in Coast Guard training to treat combat wounds, but the agency could not verify if the video involved its personnel. I knew the military in general used animals for combat medical practice.hadn't thought of the Coast Guard though. PETA leads the charge against the Coast Guard. For the full story, go here to the Washington Post.

Injured Deer Finds Clinic

Critter News

Manager Trudi Urie says the wounded doe was hanging out behind the store and then ran through an open door into a stockroom. Lucky deer! She was treated and then released. Workers at an Ohio pet shop are used to worried pet owners bringing their animals in to be treated in the store's clinic. But an unaccompanied visit Saturday by a deer to the PetSmart in Rossfield was a first for the store.

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Palin Supports Brutal Method of Killing Wolves

Critter News

The wolves suffer needlessly because hunters simply wound them more often then not firing from an airplane. I understand there may be some instances where predator control is necessary. I'm not an absolutist on this point. Doing it from low flying aircraft, however, is just barbaric. This is what Palin has pushed for. Here is a video from Defenders of Wildlife that shows the method (it's under 3 minutes).

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Working Animals Face "Firing Squad" in Developing Countries

Critter News

Here's what they say about "the Firing Squad," a horrible method of "treating" wounded work animals. They will be ‘fired’ with a red hot iron in the mistaken belief that it will cure a wound. Horrible story. Fortunately the donkey was rescued by the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA). We don’t really mean that they will be lined up and shot. No, their suffering will be far more drawn out.

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Stray Dog Rescued in Mumbai

Critter News

An old stray dog was wounded in the Mumbai attacks and rescued. The survival of the aging Sheru, despite a gunshot wound to his left shoulder, has become an uplifting and soothing symbol of Mumbai's recovery to many of the city's anxious and angry citizens. He is now recovering and will hopefully find a home. Sadly, he is the lucky one in a city filled with starving strays. But still.

Eating Eggs is Eating Cruelty

Creature Talk

Birds suffering from broken bones, bloody open wounds, and untreated infections. Egg laying hens are arguably the most abused animals on today’s factory farms. More often than not, they are confined so tightly to wire cages that they cannot stretch their wings, clean themselves, turn around, or exhibit any of their normal behaviors at all. They are subjected to toxic fumes from the pools of waste that lie beneath them, and they are roughly handled by factory workers.

Record Year for Sick Seals in San Pedro,CA

Critter News

But they are all seriously ill with malnutrition, gaping wounds from fishing line injuries, broken and scarred fins, busted jaws or brain damage from domoic acid poisoning. From the Contra Costa Times. Each one of the sleek, whiskered sea lions recovering at the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro has its own story. Some are visibly struggling for life and lie listlessly near in-ground pools. Others swim, play and jostle with one another.

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The Blue House Dog

4 The Love Of Animals

The boy was wounded by his loss, just as the homeless dog was wounded when his owner died. Today we have a lovely guest post from author Deborah Blumenthal. A New York Times story that ran in 2001 about a homeless dog wandering around a suburban part of New York City, struck a chord with me. He was, “part German Shepherd, part something else,” and he was smart enough to find food,and win the hearts of the locals.

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Sen. Franken to Introduce Bill to Increase Use of Service Dogs for Vets

Critter News

My bill will help train a statistically significant number of dogs to measure the benefits to veterans with physical and emotional wounds. Al Franken (suck on that Bill O'Reilly) has introduced a bill to increase the number of service dogs for vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The program would be monitored and refined over a three-year period to optimize its effectiveness. Frankly, I believe it is enough simply to improve the lives of those of whom we asked so much.

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Rats help save humans.

4 The Love Of Animals

A foul-smelling wound might spell an infection. Long before CAT scans, X-rays, blood samples and colonoscopies, physicians used the good sense they were born with: their sense of smell. That’s because bacterias, cancers and infections create unique smells. Sweet, fruity breath could mean diabetes. Liver disease? Fishy-smelling breath. Kidney disease makes a mouth smell like urine. Tuberculosis smells like tar. (In

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Lightning Storms and Eagles

10,000 Birds

In mammals, maggots eat only dead tissue and are occasionally used to debride wounds. If there is an entrance wound, there is an exit wound. Her abdominal wound looked good … or as good as a horrific wound could look. But when I turned her on her side to examine her back, we found the exit wound – alive with maggots, at the top of her tail area. Luckily, this wound was not as severe. Days turned into months as both wounds healed perfectly.

Military Used Pigs in Brain Injury Research

Critter News

The explosions have ranged in intensity, wounding some of the pigs and killing others. Lovely. Military researchers have dressed live pigs in body armor and strapped them into Humvee simulators that were then blown up with explosives to study the link between roadside bomb blasts and brain injury. For an 11-month period that ended in December, researchers subjected pigs and rats to about 200 blasts, according to Pentagon documents and interviews.

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Mountain Gorilla Ranger Slain in the Congo

Critter News

Another ranger was wounded in the attack and a rebel was captured. Protecting mountain gorillas in the Congo is dangerous work. Just last week, a 33-year-old ranger was killed by Mai Mai rebels. Mai Mai rebels are described as community-based militia groups frequently involved in banditry. That arrest has resulted in several leads in the investigation. The Mai Mai are seeking to wear down the rangers because they don't want the park to exist.

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Joy for Orphan Elephants

4 The Love Of Animals

A recent arrival at the Nairobi nursery was an elephant named Murka, rescued near Tsavo National Park with a spear lodged deep between her eyes and gaping spear and axe wounds along her back and sides. Her deep wounds were filled with maggots. A mobile vet unit was able to tranquilize her, clean her wounds, and extract the spear.

Detecting Animal Cruelty

Critter News

Per the ASPCA's cruelty FAQ , here are some signs. Animal cruelty occurs when someone intentionally injures or harms an animal or when a person willfully deprives an animal of food, water or necessary medical care.

Trumpeter Swans: Don’t Shoot Them

10,000 Birds

This morning’s news had this: During this year’s open of waterfowl season, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center admitted more trumpeter swans for bullet wounds than ever before. …Veterinarian hospital workers in Roseville see projectile wound, or bullet wound, injuries quite frequently. Many years ago, back in the 1970s, I visited my sister, who lived in West Yellowstone, Montana, in the dead of winter. We rented snow mobiles and drove into Yellowstone.

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Lick Granuloma

4 The Love Of Animals

This usually creates open wounds which increases the chances of infection. Lick granuloma is a serious skin problem in dogs and occurs when dogs continuously lick a certain area, which then becomes inflamed and sore. It tends to be most common on the legs; however any area can be affected. The most common cause of lick granuloma is psychological, usually due to stress, boredom or a compulsive behaviour.

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On Flourless Cakes and Injuries

Animal Person

What we couldn't see until her leg was shaved was that next to the deep wound is a large bloody bump of a wound. This, dear readers, is my new obsession. Though I have never had an issue with gluten, I have decided to lower my intake of it as an experiment, just to see if I feel any kind of difference.

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Two Bald Eagles Survive Crash Landing

10,000 Birds

The other was transferred to the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center with deep talon wounds, but was expected to do well. Well, that brings a new meaning to the phrase “ the eagle has landed.” ” In the case of two Bald Eagles at the Duluth International Airport in Minnesota, the landing was of the not-so-smooth variety. The birds had locked their talons during a mid-air battle and plummeted to the tarmac together.

Scarlett The Cat: From Homeless To A Hero

4 The Love Of Animals

The interesting thing is that it was not a first time, when David saved poor animals out of a fire: ten years before he has already taken a wounded dog after the fire to the North Shore Animal League, where he was cured. The story of homeless Scarlett is, probably, one of the most touching, unbelievable and heart-stirring over the last decades.

Black Bear

Animal Person

He was bleeding from several bullet wounds, and visibly in excruciating pain. I stared into his eyes while envisioning him breaking free from the prison the men made of the truck, and the prison the men made of his now mortally-wounded body. A month or so ago I stated my intention to alter the way I blog and one thing I wanted to get back into that I did for a brief time last year was podcasting. I planned to make that a personal storytime.

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Animal Rights Activists Attack Berkeley Vet

Critter News

Hey Gregory, time to become a real vet and help sick and wounded animals recover; not ensure the smooth functioning of the torture chambers by assisting vivisectors in callous and fraudulent experiments on fourty-thousand beautiful, innocent beings per year. This via the ALF Press Office : As he left his car parked in a garage on campus, he was whistling and had no idea he had been followed. We preceded to vandalize his shiny new Audi, paid for with blood money.

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26 Dogs saved by the ASPCA

4 The Love Of Animals

They also had signs of neglect, broken bones, wounds and infections. The ASPCA continually does amazing work on behalf of our animal companions. On February 17th they rescued 26 Pit Bulls near Sandersville, Georgia. The dogs had been left to starve, no food, water or even shelter from freezing temperatures. Sadly, there were also 27 dead dogs found on the property. It is believed that the dogs were part of a dog fighting ring.

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Tribute to War Heroes…at Both Ends of the Leash

4 The Love Of Animals

They sniff out bombs that would harm our troops; they comfort soldiers on the battlefield and veterans back home; they search for the wounded after an attack; and sometimes, they have the grim task of finding the fallen, bringing closure to families and friends in the most trying of times,” she said. On November 7th, Capitol Hill’s “ Tribute to War Heroes…at Both Ends of the Leash ” celebrated America’s military heroes.

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How a Farrier can treat a horse with club foot

4 The Love Of Animals

Chronic pain in horses can develop from other conditions such as osteochondrosis, degenerative joint disease, or from wounds and infection. A Farrier is a professional with a very unique set of skills, they are able to care for and treat ailments found in hoofed animals including horses, ponies and some other animals. In the case of horses it is vital that they have their nails trimmed and looked at on a frequent basis as this is an essential part of the animal in terms of their mobility.

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Spotlight: Maureen Eiger – To Intervene or Not to Intervene?

10,000 Birds

Even if you do not see an obvious wound, cat or dog saliva, which is full of nasty bacteria, can still get into a bird’s eyes/orifices and will eventually kill the bird; it will just die more slowly and painfully. Did you know a bird’s body has the ability to seal a small puncture wound within minutes? You (or your child/friend/etc) have just found a seemingly parentless baby bird. Now what? Here with the answer(s) is Maureen Eiger, a bird rehabilitator in Roanoke, VA: .

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Your Dog and Fleas

4 The Love Of Animals

Hot spots; these are red, open wounds caused by licking and biting the skin. Dog fleas cause itching and discomfort in your dog. Not only are they annoying, they can cause serious health problems. There are a number of different symptoms to look for when dealing with a possible flea infestation. It is important to understand how fleas work and what to look for before starting a treatment.

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In Harm’s Way

10,000 Birds

The man arrived at the zoo with bloody puncture wounds up and down both arms. Puncture wounds require a current tetanus shot, and I was overdue. I live near a small zoo. All of the animals, birds and reptiles who live there are native species who were once injured, have gone through rehabilitation, and ended up with a permanent disability which prevented their return to the wild.

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India’s Raptor Rescuers

10,000 Birds

The sharp strings are a menace to passing birds – especially kites and other raptors – who cannot see them and sometimes suffer grievous, if not fatal, wounds. When Nadeem and Mohammed first began in 2003, few veterinarians would suture the wounds of birds, saying they were too small.

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A Wild Bird Rehabber Says Farewell

10,000 Birds

I was used to photos shared by rehabbers – gory wounds, wince-inducing x-rays, fledglings with terrible feathering thanks to uninformed “rescuers.” When my book “ Flyaway: How A Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings ” came out in 2009, one of my favorite reviews was by Corey Finger of 10,000 Birds. At that point I didn’t know about 10,000 Birds; I had been a wildlife rehabilitator and mother for years, with no time to surf the net for amazing birding sites.

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Mikal Deese: Dead Bird Flies Again For Love

10,000 Birds

Luckily, she had no broken bones, but she did have a large open wound on her right wing. This guest blog was written by Mikal Deese, Wildlife Educator, Rehabilitator, and founder of On A Wing And A Prayer in Corrales, New Mexico. Back in October, ON A WING AND A PRAYER was brought an injured Great Horned Owl who had been found on the median of a rural interstate highway several hundred miles away She was a great big female, presumably hit by a vehicle.

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Service Members Get a Second Chance with Service Dogs

4 The Love Of Animals

In early 2009, in recognition of the increasing number of “Wounded Warriors” that were returning from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, FSD made the decision to concentrate its efforts on identifying deserving disabled veterans and matching them with a trained service dog companion. The Dublin Dog Foundation (DDF) has partnered with Freedom Service Dogs, Inc. FSD) for their second annual philanthropic campaign.

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An Open Letter to Outdoor/Feral Cat Supporters

10,000 Birds

It’s so much easier to delete a picture than to end the life of a mortally wounded cat-caught bird, like this Downy Woodpecker … who is alive, but not for long. Dear Outdoor Cat Owners/Feral Cat Supporters, Does the photo above sicken you? It sickens me. I have been rescuing animals, both wild and domestic, since I was a child. I’ve rescued field mice to horses, and everything in between. I’m allergic to cats, but in my lifetime I’ve rescued five of them.

Fizzle’s Story

4 The Love Of Animals

Then I noticed that several family members were also nursing bleeding wounds. Hi, I’m Debra Stang , author of Hospice Tails and guest writer for today’s blog. Hospice Tails is a series of true stories about my experiences with pets and patients as a hospice social worker. Although I adore my own cats, I had not realized what an important role animals can play as life draws to a close.

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Bird vs. Reptile in Key West

10,000 Birds

The snake had no puncture wounds, and was released 24 hours later. Here’s something you don’t see all the time. “We We had a call one morning about a snake and a hawk,” says Tom Sweets, the executive director and chief rescuer of the Key West Wildlife Center , located at the very tip of Florida.

Debbie Souza-Pappas: Our Trapped Golden Eagle

10,000 Birds

The wound was also very contaminated with dirt and debris. This guest blog was written by Debbie Souza-Pappas, the director and founder of Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation in Price, Utah. After we took possession of an injured and weakened Golden Eagle from the vast desert area of eastern Utah, it became clear that the compound fracture of the tibiotarsus was the result of a steel-jaw trap. The trap was not attached but it was obvious this was the cause, and the x-ray confirmed it.

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