Been an interesting and difficult day in lots of different ways today.
I think, first, I will share my LSNED page for today.
It was a tough day yesterday but I got through it and here is my page.
The problems I had yesterday have been largely resolved - to be replaced, of course, by a whole new set of problems today.
However, i am especially sad today as I am such an ardent animal lover of all animals that it saddens me when one passes, and that was what i had to deal with.
We have a very large woodland campus and it is home to all sorts of animals, including deer. We have dozens of squirrels around all the time (including on occasions sneaking inside and me having to deal with getting them back out) I know squirrels are technically vermin but i love them.
Anyway, we were alerted by parents that there was 'an injured baby squirrel outside'. It was sort of 'caught' in a childs jumper ( more sort of wrapped as it really wasn't moving much) and popped under an upturned photocopy box whilst we thought what to do.
The RSPCA were phoned (and it may just be that I have always had bad experiences with them but I have never found them very helpful when it comes to wildlife and we have had a few occasions when we have had to call them with injured birds and foxes) They told us they couldn't help but did give us the name of a local vet who might. (I know not all vets would deal with it) They also told us a fact i was not aware of.
If you contain a squirrel at all, it is illegal to release it back into the wild.
What an odd fact. I didn't believe it but apparently it is accurate. And I really don't understand it. Looked like we had already blown this little one's chances of release.
Anyway, I phoned said vet and they said yes bring it in. At this point i hadn't seen the poor little thing. So armed with the lid of the box with suitable breathing holes punched in, I went to collect said squirrel.
poor wee thing, it was tiny. Just a baby. It made no effort to run at all and was snuggled up in the jumper. I put the jumper and squirrel in the box and headed to the vets.
The veterinary nurse saw us straight away and it was bad news. There was not a mark on the poor little thing, but it wasn't able to move much and made no effort to get away when we picked it up to examine it. She said it was just a baby, was very thin and had probably been without its mother for a few days. I said I was more than happy to take it home and nurse it back to health but she said it was too young and wouldn't make it. i said I could feed it every few hours and would care for it, but she said no, it really wasn't going to make it and it really wasn't kind for me to take it home and try.
I was devastated. I really wish I hadn't taken it to the vets but just taken it home and tried, because I know that they were going to destroy it. But then I guess they are the experts and I may have caused it more distress by trying to help it. i may have prolonged its suffering but i am so upset by it all. I hate to think of any animal suffering. I know I couldn't have left it because it would have been taken by a fox tonight or died a sad cold lonely death in the woods, but it was so heard and I can't stop thinking about it. I came home, in tears, and hugged my little fur babies. Nature is awfully cruel sometimes.
So what have I learnt today
- Sometimes you just can't help, no matter how much you want to.
- Nature is a beautiful but cruel thing at times
- We need to cherish every moment of every day
My quote for today is .... the same as yesterday I am afraid because I need to post it again today.
and how perfect was that quote. It just had to use it again.
The real one for today was
God speed that little squirrel on his journey.
Today I am thankful for
- My fur babies that share our home and our hearts
- The wonderful wild creatures that we take for granted