Category Archives : Critter Stories

True stories of critters Patti has rehabilitated and released.


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; […]


We Are in Baby-Everything Season

We are in the midst of Mother Nature’s baby season, and, let me tell you, it is busy.  A couple weeks ago, I picked up six baby Starlings, who the rescuer thought were baby Robins.  They do look alike.  They had to be fed every half-hour to forty-five minutes, and they loudly let me know […]


Sharon R. Lowry Was Honored Sunday…

Sharon passed away a year ago Sunday.  In her honor, Patti Stangel released a beautiful great-horned owl back into the wild Sunday night at a location near our home.  We couldn’t release the owl in our woods because we do not have many trees left due to the tornado.  I have been helping Patti by […]


A few days ago…

I got in four pinky squirrel babies only two to three inches long with eyes and noses not yet formed.  Their noses only were two holes through which to breathe.  I started by making sure they were warm.  That is most important for squirrel babies, keeping them warm.  They can go for a while without […]