Jason Callahan’s Story
Jason Callahan has always loved animals and raccoons have always held a special place in his heart. The 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, Guardians of the Galaxy, includes a very special raccoon hero named Rocket, whose voice is played by none other than Bradley Cooper (American Sniper). After seeing that movie, Jason found his fondness for raccoons running even deeper.
In late Feb., as a special treat to Jason, at the request of his older brother, James; AIDA allowed Jason to have some interaction with four 8-9 month old raccoons who will be ready for a soft-release later this spring.
With a heart as big and kind toward animals as his is; we wanted this to be a great surprise for him. He thanked us in a BIG way with a nice $150 donation toward the care of injured and orphaned raccoons. Thank you Jason for your kindness and generosity toward the other sentient beings with whom we share the planet.
Mid-June 2012 brought us this orphaned Antelope and Mule Deer fawn with a broken leg. Liz Scott, DVM, Idaho Equine Center, cares for all our injured/orphaned ungulates until they are ready for release.
Parker, Sydney and Mollie Conein
These 10 young raccoons range in age from 8-10 weeks. This was their first day in an outdoor enclosure. Seven of them were still on a bottle four times a day. These were the first ten ( of over 50) babies of the season!
A Record Year!
Mountain or Nuttall’s Cottontail are a bit smaller than our Eastern Cottontail and not nearly as high strung or nervous as the white-tailed Eastern. In the summer of 2011, we rehabbed only two Mountain Cottontail compared to over 30 Eastern Cottontails which is the more common species in the valley. It was a rare opportunity to observe these little creatures.
This adorable baby Badger arrived the first of May 2011 at approximately 6 weeks old. She was still nursing, but within a couple of weeks we had her eating on her own. She needed love and nurturing in the beginning, but after being put in her outdoor enclosure where she could excavate to her heart’s desire; she became a Badger and started her posturing and bluffing and was released mid-summer. Surprisingly, Badger’s are relatively easy to handle. Their very long front nails are only for digging and they do not use them in confrontations of any sort…only their mouths and that I might add, is what one needs to be careful of.
We rehab anywhere from 12-20 bats a year. Most adult bats eat anywhere from 15-30 mealworms a night in rehab. This juvenile male Big Brown Bat was found on ground in September several years ago. He still had his milk teeth which is indicative of a late season baby. He was release that next spring.