Toto the red lored
This quarter has been a lot quieter than the crazy baby season (just as it should be!) with only 40 intakes
We took in a couple of escapees, which tends to happen this time of year. Pepperoni, a red lored, flew into a school and attacked the kids and stole their pizza. He’s going to be a handful to rehabilitate: he’s already teaching everyone in the red lored enclosure to sing and whistle, as if they needed any more encouragement. He is the naughtiest of 3 red loreds we received that were quite clearly ex-captive escapees.
Another red lored was brought to us very close to death with an environment-related respiratory infection. After 3-yr old Tito suffered his third and most severe attack, his owners asked us to take him on. Lucky he was a fighter and eventually pulled through. He’s a great release candidate and has already made friends in the red lored aviary.
This week we are overjoyed to welcome back Dr Gemma and Dr Sophie for a short spell at BBR. As I type they are going through our 179 current cases: checking, medicating, releasing, taking notes, doing their vet stuff! It’s wonderful to have them back.
We also welcomed back Anabela, a primary school teacher from Canada. She volunteered with us for 2 months earlier in the year and decided to return for another two months in order to bring her humane education programme to some local schools. Great job indeed!
One of our 23 release highlights for the period was when Dr Sophie took a brief trip out to Half-Moon Caye to return one of the boobies we raised this season. He was delighted to be home and after making several circuits of the area to orientate himself, he was later seen hanging out with another family. A successful release indeed!
Two barn owls rescued from the hot sun on Carnival day back in early September were also recently released. A very dedicated and long-suffering friend risked life and limb to collect these lucky babies from Belize City during the worst possible time for her personal safety! It’s also wonderful that two guys in the city cared enough to call in the rescue, picked up the birds and kept them cool and safe for the day, and then hiked half way across town to get home in time to meet our friend for the handover. This from a city that has historically harboured superstition and ill feeling toward these birds. The times are a-changing!
Once again, a massive thank you to all of our donors this quarter. We simply couldn’t do what we do without you!
Nikki & the BBR Team
Red Foot Booby juvenile
Dr's Sophie & Gemma removing the pin on a stygian
Anabela and her wonderful class
Sophie & Gemma sorting the white fronts out!