Ray the blind red phase eastern screech owl. So sweet. :)
Baby duckies encouraging their new adoptive brother to hatch!
This sweet baby birdy was my buddy last night! My neighbor found her after a storm and called me worriedly for advice. The bird had no physical injuries but I felt she’d be threatened by my neighbor’s dogs and cat if we put her back where she was found (one of the dogs discovered her in the first place). I took her home and kept her in a quiet, dark environment so she wouldn’t get stressed out. Luckily she still had seed in her crop so she wasn’t hungry. This morning before school I dropped her off at Pelican Harbor, the wildlife rescue I volunteer at, where she will be cared for until she is old enough for release. She was a cutie alright. :)
We are slowly becoming friends… :)
At first sight, blue buttons could be mistaken for a small jellyfish or even a piece of blue plastic. In fact, it is a hydrozoan colony that is modified for a free-floating existence. Swarms of these unusual creatures can be seen drifting on the water’s surface or can sometimes be found washed up on the shore. The blue button is kept afloat by a buoyant circular disk. Around the edge hang protective stinging polyps modified as knobbed tentacles. In the center underneath hangs a large feeding polyp that acts as the mouth for the whole colony. In between this and the tentacles are circlets of reproductive polyps. Unlike the Portuguese man-of-war to which it is related, blue buttons do not have a powerful sting.
It's so cool to see pictures of all the cuties you care for! I've never rehabbed birds (only mammals and reptiles), I'm super jelly haha. Are the birds easily rehabilitated? What species do you work with the most? :X
You should check out my Instagram (@electricmegaloo) if you have one; I post about the animals I work with and they’re all really cute and special! I work primarily with seabirds like brown pelicans, cormorants, herons and gulls but we accept every animal including mammals and reptiles. Most of the birds we intake have injuries like broken wings and pouch tears or are simply exhausted and since their bodies heal rather quickly, they don’t spend too long in the indoor caging which is nice. Birds are easy to handle and most aren’t too terribly aggressive so overall it’s a lovely job (even though I’m only a volunteer). :)
lambandserpent replied to your photo: Okay so I may have fallen in love with this…
He’s so cute and tiny. Is he going to a sanctuary where he can live peacefully?
Most likely! He is currently receiving treatment from us but once his treatment is over he will be transferred somewhere for long-term care. We’re revamping our nocturnal caging though so if that finishes soon we may end up keeping him and another non-releasable screech owl we have. :)
Not every release is picture perfect… haha what a silly pelican. :)
The cuteness. I can’t. :*
Okay so I may have fallen in love with this screech owl… He is blind in both eyes so every time I go to scratch his head he is visibly upset but then he relaxes and closes his eyes and smiles (yes, smiles!) because he enjoys it so much. I literally cannot handle how sweet this owl is. I just want to hug him and kiss him and pet him for the rest of my life.