Things I’ve learned spending the summer working in wildlife rehab
–Never trust wildlife. The second you trust that they will do something or stay somewhere is the second they fly off the table and give you a heart attack.
–I have no maternal instinct for human babies, but every time I hold a baby squirrel or bunny in my hands I’m ready to kill for them.
–Baby mink and baby weasels are the cutest things in the world.
–Trying to grab a squirrel is like trying to grab water.
–Adult squirrels are the devil. They WILL bite you and it WILL hurt. Even if they’re half dead, never assume they can’t bite you.
–If you are bit by any kind of wild animal, even if it barely breaks the skin, wash your hands immediately and bandage it. There are a lot of nasty diseases/infections we can get from these animals. Especially rodents; their bites are nasty.
–An angry bat is one of the most distinctive sounds in the world.
–Goose bites hurt less than you’d expect but crow bites hurt more than you’d expect.
–Just because an animal isn’t a rabies vector in your area doesn’t mean it’s no big deal if they bite you. There are plenty of other diseases we can get from wild animal bites.
–People will try and take care of wildlife and they will do a terrible job and feed them garbage.
–Don’t mess with snapping turtles. Just don’t.
–A lot of the orphan babies brought in are totally healthy and not really orphaned at all. People just assume that an animal is orphaned if they can’t see the parents at all times.
–People don’t always understand why we have to euthanize animals and they will get very mad about it.
–Turtles are very resilient and can survive devastating injuries. Also never assume a snapper won’t bite just because it’s injured. I had a snapper with part of her face missing try to take my finger off.
–Wear gloves. You never know what an animal has.
–All baby birds look at least a little bit like Bernie Sanders.