Last spring, Magoo “rescued” a baby squirrel that had fallen out of its nest. We called the local wildlife rehabilitator, Tammy Yuth, who runs We Are One Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation. She’s a pretty amazing person who runs this rescue and rehab facility out of the back room in her house. If you were to find an injured wild animal, or come across a deer with a broken leg, or see an owl hit by a car but not killed, Tammy is the person you would call and no matter how dire the circumstances she would pour her heart and soul into fixing the animal up so that it could be returned to the wild. She takes everything from baby squirrels (like mine) to a whole nest of weasels to great horned owls or baby deer or adult possums and really, just everything you can think of. Besides running We Are One, she also works full-time at a local vet’s office, AND works on Saturdays at the county Humane Society just down the road from where she lives. I’m not sure how she manages all that, because it would take at least three of me to do it, but she seems to thrive on it. She’s pretty amazing.
As you might suspect, she gets a lot of people who want to come see her animals. But, of all the things she does, running a petting zoo isn’t one of them. These are, after all, wild animals, and most of them are stressed enough as it is, without a bunch of strangers gawking at them or trying to touch them. Not to mention that the friendlier ones (particularly the babies, like the raccoons and deer, which you’ll see shortly) are very trusting and will bond to humans easily, which is all sort of counter-productive if you’re trying to release them into the wild eventually. Besides being complicated in the sense that the babies need to bond to *someone* so that they can learn some basic life skills and grow up to be healthy, and that all is a lot easier to manage if you just limit the number of humans that they come into contact with. So you can imagine how honored I was to get to spend a couple hours at her place last week, taking pictures of whichever animals she had around. You can check out the amazing pictures below, and if you feel like it added a little joy to your day, or if you feel like there’s a value in having someone out there who tries to fix wild animals after they get hit by our cars, then please consider donating a little something to We Are One. The rescue runs completely on donations, other than a couple very small grants she gets from the county (which don’t even come close to covering food for the animals, let alone all the other associated costs). You can donate from her site, or just click on this button to go directly to Paypal. Any amount helps.