It's always something.... the story of an Eastern Cottontail.

It's always something.... the story of an Eastern Cottontail.
[caption id="attachment_689" align="aligncenter" width="300"]"Cruelty Free Consumer Emergency Animal Rescue Kit" "Cruelty Free Consumer Emergency Animal Rescue Kit"[/caption] Good afternoon... Here's a little story I wanted to share today.... Maybe it will help you in the future with an animal or answer some questions you may have as to what to do with an injured animal. Or maybe, because you are reading this, you either have a soft spot for animals or you may be a "little crazy". (Only in a good way of course!) and would like more information on how to help injured wildlife. The story starts....We still have beautiful white fresh snow covering our roads.  It was for this reason that I was able to clearly see a rabbit (later determined to be an Eastern Cottontail) who was in trouble.... It looked like he had a hurt back leg.   OHHH.... What should I do?  What would you do?  What is the right thing to do for this animal?  He kept trying to get up the snow covered embankments.... I just knew I couldn't drive away and "let nature take its course" .... So carefully, I got out of my car.  The bunny tried moving away from me but he didn't get far.... I went back to my car and got my "animal emergency kit". (Just named today...) It just so happened that my 31 bag "CFC" bag was in the back and it came in handy to put, get the bunny into.  He pretty much got in himself and I had an old towel as well that I used to keep him warm.  Once we were quickly situated, I dialed my local wildlife rescue, Howell Nature Center and told them I was coming.  I asked if I did the right thing.... and quick answer was, YES! The outcome? Well, I'm not sure as of yet.... But I am confident the little guy will be ok.  They had given him something for his leg and asked me to call back later today. After this rescue today, I'll need to get my rescue kit back in order.  In it, I keep... the staples...old receiving blankets... (I don't have the heart to throw them away because I'm sentimental, but what a great way to reuse and re-purpose something special for a great reason), dog treats and a lease.   What I have learned from today's experience as I'm sure it will happen again, BE PREPARED.  It was great having the phone number saved and having supplies in the car.  I also wanted to include information on helping wildlife in this post... I borrowed the following from Howell Nature & Conference Center Here are a few tips.  Remember this info has been provided by an organization in Michigan.  Please Google the wildlife center closest to you! "If you have taken in an injured animal, keep it warm in a quiet place away from people and pets until you have contacted a licensed rehabilitator.  Thanks for caring about the animals. If you believe you have found an injured or orphaned wild animal: In most cases, young or baby animals should be left alone.   If you are not sure if human intervention is necessary, call our wildlife clinic at 517-548-5530 during operating hours. Operating Hours Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday -Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
If you have taken in an injured animal outside of these hours, keep it warm in a dark, quiet place away from people and pets until you can reach us.  Leave us a brief message with your name and phone number.  Another available resource is the Michigan Department of Natural Resource’s website, www.michigandnr.com/dlr, which contains a list of the State’s licensed wildlife rehabilitators organized by county.
REMEMBER:
  • It is illegal for anyone to keep or care for wild birds and mammals without state and federal permits.
  • The Howell Conference & Nature Center accepts most species of Michigan wildlife. We cannot accept raccoons, starlings, bats, house sparrows, pigeons, or skunks. However, please call our wildlife clinic for advice for any of these animals. We do not take domestic pets or farm animals.
Thank you all to my Cruelty Free Consumers!  Have a great day. Do you keep a kit of sorts in your car?  How have you helped an animal before?
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