It was a bright spot in my day … my week … my month.
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I learned so much from this Mallard, not only about surgery and managing a case like this after surgery, but also what to do when everything seems to be going wrong. It was so rewarding to see this patient come in unable to walk and through the amazing care the WCV provided, walk away back into his habitat when he was released.
Even in their absences, Gus and Papa G’Ho are inspiring me to learn. The stories of their lives have reminded me that there’s always something new to discover about nature and life itself, sometimes hiding in plain sight!
The card sent in with this donation was a reminder of the less tangible gifts we routinely receive at the Wildlife Center. Those gifts fill our hearts and encourage us to keep doing what we are doing.
This is my favorite memory not only because I now have some hilarious photos to feed my soul for the rest of eternity as a result, but also because it was a unique and special opportunity to sit with a member of this awesome species and learn her individual quirks, facial expressions, and mannerisms when she is at ease.
Despite all the factors working against this patient, and after almost 12 weeks in care, PUMA #22- 0687 was finally released back to its habitat near Fishersville, Virginia, on July 20, 2022.
Early the next morning, I picked up the opossum from my friend, and off to the Center we went!