Category Archives : Critter Stories

True stories of critters Patti has rehabilitated and released.


A Buddy Keeps Life Fun…

Through the years I have found that having at least two animals of the same species rehabbing together helps each individual heal and the pair have fun.  I was reminded of this yesterday when I watched the two remaining raccoons play.  The smaller one jumped at the larger one, and soon they were tussling, having […]


A Little Known Part of my Day…

Every day I handle many telephone calls from people who have come across a critter they believe is in distress.  On a light day I have twenty-some calls.  An average day I handle thirty to forty, and during baby season last summer I had a high of sixty-three.  In these calls I lead the caller […]


I’ve Always Loved Observing…

I frequently am asked how I learned about animals.  My best and favorite way is to observe them.  A relaxing break in my day is to sit and watch their movements, antics, and habits.  Each one is an individual, just like us.  Their personalities are distinctive.  After getting to know them, I sum them up […]


The Return of the Great-horned Owl

A couple weeks ago about 7:00 one evening, Alice, Elizabeth’s neighbor, called and urged her to come over.  “One of the great-horned owls Patti released is here,” she shared. “Hurry.” Elizabeth immediately drove over, but when she arrived, the owl had moved.  Several crows had been making quite a disturbance around the owl, and it […]


I Thought You’d Like an Update…

A few weeks ago I wrote you about the sandhill crane I have been raising.  She’s almost 20” tall now.  Her wings are forming.  She still loves worms, eating over 100 a day.  When she tosses them into her water dish before downing them, sometimes she misses the dish.  I move her water dish at […]


Every Day Is a New Experience

One of my biggest rewards with rehabilitating animals is enjoying their antics.  I love to watch the young sandhill crane get excited when I give her worms to eat.  Yesterday she tossed one into her water dish, just to observe it moving and thrust her beak in the water to retrieve it.  Worms are absolutely […]


Sometimes My Efforts Are Not Successful…

Despite giving every critter that I receive the best care and feeding I have available, sometimes my efforts do not result in the animal returning to the wild.  Part of me has accepted that reality.  Every once in a while when I lose one I cannot apply acceptance, and it hurts.  That was the case […]


Wildlife Moms Do Not Abandon Their Babies

This year has been a crazy newborn season.  I have been answering forty or more calls every day.  A couple days ago I hit a new high; I responded to sixty-three calls in one day.  Needless to say, these calls take an enormous amount of my time and energy.  Most of them concern one subject; […]