Took in this beautiful adult red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) that walked into somebody’s garage and let him pick it up. Missing about half the tail feathers, a few small nicks and cuts, and one eye has some issues. Doesn’t seem to have any apparent outward injuries, bird is hog fat too! Will go to the rehab vet to get thoroughly checked out.
Brandi and I are still debating the sex of the bird. I say female, she says male.
We just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone for their support this year! Here is wishing everyone a very safe and happy 2017! Today is also the last day to make your tax-deductible gift to help the animals in our care.
We have surpassed the number of animals taken in last year and are having to make significant changes to our home so we can house more animals. We have converted our garage into the animal care area so we now need a place to serve as storage. We are looking to have built or to buy a large storage shed for the backyard. To purchase a building will cost almost $7000. We are also looking for a company or person to donate the materials needed to build a shed. The materials and time spent helping build the shed are also tax deductible. So if you know anyone that would be willing to help, please let us know!
We are also completely FULL of aquatic turtles. We will need to purchase at least one, but prefer two more turtle ponds at $300 each. We can also use donated ponds. Large round cattle troughs (not metal) or the black ponds work great.
We are also always in need of supplies. We have a wish list on Amazon for supplies needed. You can find our Wish List here: http://smile.amazon.com/…/…/3OSYQVI9N2Y74/ref=cm_wl_list_o_0?
We are also set up with Amazon Smile, so most purchases you make through the Smile link, a portion is donated to NEWR. It is FREE for you, all you have to do is remember to purchase through https://smile.amazon.com/.
Donations can also be made through PayPal using naturesedgewildliferescue@gmail or by going to www.paypal.me/newr
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As always, THANK YOU to all our supporters. We could NOT do this without the support we get from y’all!
Brandi and Mario
We get calls weekly to take in aquatic turtles and unfortunately we are having to turn people away. Here is an example of why. Today was a warm day before an expected cold front this weekend, so I checked our baby pond to ensure heaters are working properly. We have 9 red-eared sliders, 2 map turtles, 1 musk just in our baby pond. Our two adult ponds are full too.
Mario and Brandi
Took in two Budgerigar parakeets (Melopsittacus undulatus), aka Budgies, yesterday for somebody that bought them to get them away from the owner due to their conditions. These guys have some major issues. Overgrown beaks that have been this way a while. Overgrown nails. And super thin. Beaks have been preventing them from eating properly, and from the colored dye on the beaks they have been fed a bad diet. These guys are small seed eaters, and with these beaks they have not been eating much.
The females cere (fleshy part at beak) is in terrible shape, most likely due to repeated infections of the sinus cavity and or injuries to the cere. This condition is called “hyperkeratosis” and can cause breathing issues if the nostrils become blocked.
Parakeet is simply a term used to describe small parrots with long, flat and tapering tails. There are many species of parakeet.
Budgies are the third most popular pet, right behind dogs and cats. They have been bred in captivity since the 1850s.
This pair (male has blue cere, female has brown) got a trimming last night as short as we could safely take the beaks and nails. Will take a few more trimmings to get the beaks back to normal but will take time.
Mario and Brandi
The last couple of weeks have been very busy for NEWR! We took in 37 reptiles from a seizure of over 300 animals by the City of Wichita Falls Animal Services. Brandi and a volunteer, Devin, drove to Wichita Falls and loaded up the 30 snakes and 7 lizards. The animals did not come with any caging, so we had to go out and purchase tubs for quarantine. All reptiles are being treated for mites, an upper respiratory infection, some are thin and dehydrated and one Savannah monitor has metabolic bone disease. It will take months for us to treat and ensure all are healthy enough for adoption. Six of the snakes are over 8 feet in length and many are over 5 feet.
In addition, we had one owner surrender another 11 animals and several other animals come in from other individuals. Two sulcatas taken in have severe metabolic bone disease and the bottom shells (plasteron) are soft and several other reptiles have upper respiratory infections.
With the 50+ animals recently taken in and the 100+ animals we already had, to say we are full is an understatement! We currently have leopard geckos, fat-tailed geckos, bearded dragons, over five different species of turtles, three species of tortoises, lots of snakes, frogs, Savannah monitors and more. With all the different species come a wide variety of diets as well.
On this #givingTuesday, please consider donating to Nature’s Edge Wildlife and Reptile Rescue. All monies raised go directly to the animals. Your donation will also enter us to win a donation from the #GoBeyondGiving campaign.
Thank you for your support!
Brandi and Mario