No good deed by SydneyKeys ()
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This may seem like a kind of confession so to maintain some plausible deniability I'm going to start this description with; One upon a time.
Once upon a time our neighbor an active duty Police Sergent was having trees cut down to clear the way for an addition to his home. He was unaware that a family of squirrels lived in one of the trees and before his young daughters eyes, their pet Rottweiler attacked and savaged the rodents when their tree came to ground. I didn't see the attack but I assume it was graphic because all the girls were upset to the point of tears. Despite all this one of the rodents did survive, it's torso and thigh were punctured and her right arm was broken. Complicating matters more, the tiny thing was too young to have even have been weaned.
My involvement in this story began because I had worked in a pet store while I was in collage, and my husband knows animals because he was raised on a farm. Knowing this the officers wife brought the rodent across the street to our home and asked if we could help it in any way, explaining it was important to their daughters. The thing was half the size of my thumb, and too exhausted to resist my handling. I was able to bind it's limb with horse wrap and clean and treat its wounds with no resistance at all. It was too small to even have teeth so it couldn't gnaw its way through it's splints and bandages. The irony here is that in my state it is illegal to have Squirrels as pets, and as such I was unable to take it to a vet. Our states game commission claims dominion over all the wildlife in our state and if you are discovered to have in your care one of the states massive list of restricted animals, you will be fined and the animal will be ceased and drowned.....drowned.....because sadism? I assume the claim that, so you won't risk having an animal in you care so cruelly destroyed or maybe because it's cost efficient......or it could just be the a fore mentioned sadism? I dunno.
That was seven years ago, and my husband still can't step into our backyard without having the old girl burst out of the woods every morning and nestle down into his coat pocked, or stretch out the length of his arm and want to be brushed like a diva. We have hundreds of stories we could tell if they were legal lol, So lets just sum up by saying yes she made it, she wasn't drowned, and she makes us laugh every single day.
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Lovely rescue story--she's a lovely and lucky little gal...What hell state do you live in? I live in NY and my family rescued all sorts of wild animals (we lived in the country./woods). Actually had a racoon which we raised from an itsy one..all we had to do was get a hunting license to keep her--had her spayed and she got her rabies, etc. shots when required...she lived to be 15.
goldie, thank you for your comments
I'd rather not say what state I'm in, like you it's one of the original 13 colonies so of course, like you, we have many, many laws. I at one time believed that these restrictions were exclusively crafted to protect us from rabies and God knows what (we allegedly have an outbreak of "zombie deer"?? in my state) but my husband has a different general view of the subject. He tells me that we have so many laws in our state because our elected civil servants can't derive any power from "yes". An observation that may seem a little pessimistic, but I see the truth of it.
What was your raccoons name? My husband had one when he was a boy in Iowa, his was named Bandit. He told me that once they are over the fear of you being a human that could harm them that they can literally can get open every door, and storage device in the modern home. We have raccoons, ground hogs, red and grey squirrels, feral cats, a family of foxes, deer (no zombies yet) and wild turkeys that regularly visit our back yard. My husband can feed the (grey) Squirrels and Ground hogs right out of his hand, so the neighborhood has dubbed him the "Rodent Whisperer". He promptly informed us he's no wizard or shaman and wields no mystic powers.......he probably just needs to wash his jacket more often ;)