Benjamin, Eastern Screech Owl, with orphaned young
Many thousands of animals have come and gone at Fellow Mortals over the last 27 years, but a picture of any one individual brings back his or her story in full detail.
We'd like to share some of our favorite pictures with you, along with some stories.
The thing to remember as you look at these images is that you are helping to make change possible every day because of your gifts to Fellow Mortals.
Benjamin, a screech owl, came to Fellow Mortals as a nestling with a fractured wing. Although he would never be free, he ensured other healthy babies would be free--and wild--and raised dozens of young screech owls with his companion, Bonnie, during the 16 years he lived with us.
Millie, a white-tailed deer, came to Fellow Mortals as a fawn. Toes on two feet were fractured and surgery was required. She healed well and lived at Fellow Mortals for many years afterward.
Pretty, an immature red-tailed hawk, was found with two fractured wings that did not heal. While she was with us, we gave her the time to enjoy the beautiful summer in a large enclosure with soft green grass and a view of the sky.
Kesha, a beaver, was injured when just a week old and arrived with a mortally-injured sibling. She spent the first year of her life alone, but was then joined by a wild male beaver in her second year. The two were released back to the wild together when Kesha reached maturity.
Mother Goose was another poor soul with terrible injuries suffered when she was hit by a car. Her life with us was not long--but during that time she saved the life of the little gosling with her, who had lost her parents and all her siblings to another tragedy involving motor vehicles.
Hunny bunny was one of hundreds of cottontail rabbits brought to Fellow Mortals in 2010. All cottontails are unique and we learn to identify them as individuals early on. Through weighing and careful monitoring of what and how much they eat, we watch them grow to finally leave us for the beautiful woods and meadows of the wild world.
Millie, raised from a fawn
"Pretty," immature red-tailed hawk
Kesha, orphaned beaver raised at Fellow Mortals
Mother Goose with adopted gosling
Hunny bunny, orphaned cottontail rabbit