Saturday, July 8, 2017

Our Fearless Flyer is Gone



We heard from WildCare today.  Here is what they said:



Wildcare:

"Dear friends, It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the news that Whirley did not make it. The CT scan confirmed the multiple fractures that we had feared on x-rays and also clearly revealed even more structural and muscular damage beyond those. The severities of her injuries are consistent with a high velocity impact which could’ve been with a structure of some kind but due to the absence of external wounds, it is also a fair hypothesis that these were sustained from a water impact during a fishing attempt. Even if her injuries had been reparable, she would never be able to fly again. This has been an invaluable learning experience for all groups involved and will serve to help countless ospreys in the future. 

Learning to be an osprey is an incredibly difficult challenge, as evidenced by a less than 50% survival rate of first year birds. Being a wild animal is hard and most people never witness just how hard up close. This is a very painful conclusion for all of us osprey family followers. However, we can all take comfort in the fact that so many people care! The folks who rescued her form the water saved her from what would’ve been a certain and horrible death from drowning. The volunteers who drove her to WildCare and brought her fish daily, the staff and volunteers at GGAS, GGRO, Fish and Wildlife, many more I’m sure I’m forgetting, and all of you who are so invested- are stewards for these magnificent birds.

We at WildCare are honored to have been entrusted with Whirley’s care and thank all of our staff, volunteers and donors who make our wildlife hospital possible. We sincerely thank those of you who have made donations in Whirley’s honor and towards her CT scan. In the spirit of full disclosure we would like to share that the avian veterinary specialist who performed the diagnostics was generous enough to give us a deeply discounted price of only $500. Those of you who have made donations towards the initially projected $1,200 fee can rest assured that your donation will help fund the care of the 3-4,000 other wild animals that WildCare treats every year.

We at WildCare are honored to have been entrusted with Whirley’s care and thank all of our staff, volunteers and donors who make our wildlife hospital possible. We sincerely thank those of you who have made donations in Whirley’s honor and towards her CT scan. In the spirit of full disclosure we would like to share that the avian veterinary specialist who performed the diagnostics was generous enough to give us a deeply discounted price of only $500. Those of you who have made donations towards the initially projected $1,200 fee can rest assured that your donation will help fund the care of the 3-4,000 other wild animals that WildCare treats every year. However, if you would prefer to have your donation back, please contact Wildcare at info@discoverwildcare.org.

To end on a positive note, with the help of many agencies, we were able to successfully treat and reunite a fledgling osprey with her parents and siblings just two weeks prior. Look for that uplifting story and amazing video on WildCare’s website soon. Again thank you all for your love of wildlife. Sincerely, Melanie Piazza Director of Animal Care."

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But Rivet, Rosie and Richmond are still with us...





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