I moved the cat tree so that it was in front of this window, and I think you could say it was a huge hit!
The Kitten Tree is in full bloom.
Della, The Cat Who Adopted Dinner
Meet Della. She lives in a farm in Ireland, and she has kittens.
That’s not all she has, though: a few hours within giving birth, she came across these newly hatched ducklings. Her mother instinct kicked in, and she brought them along and started to nurture them.
If she had come across them a few hours before or after giving birth, her hormone level might not be the same and she would have eaten them.
It’s amazing to see them draw milk from her, and one can only guess that this is an instinct from the ducks, as they have come across an unusual source for nutrition and just learned from the kittens.
As the ducks grow older, they start to behave more like ducks and less like kittens. This includes constantly walking away from the box and mother has a lot of work keeping them in place.
They have no problem keeping in line though, and even though they grow a lot faster than their “siblings” they loyally follow their mom around the farm, as ducks do.
Are you aware it's been 8 years since you've posted a beaver and 9 for a duck?
Hey that’s not true!
“Not all heroes wear capes. This afternoon I was in a zoom meeting, and wearing headphones. Kyle (16) came in and was going nuts, meowing and being a major pest. I took my headphones off and heard my Mum calling me. She was extremely unwell and I had to call the ambulance for her. Kyle got on the bed and stayed with her until the paramedics arrived, then I had to lock him in my room, because he wouldn’t leave her. Without him alerting me it could have been so much worse. They are so smart and intuitive. Mum is going to be ok, but thank goodness for Kyle.”
Photo/text by Ella Bowman
Goose Tries To Break Into Clinic To Save Her Mate
This is a story about a goose named Arnold and his best mate named Amelia.
Through Sickness And Health
“Here is your feel good story of the day.
Today was a first for our hospital. We often have people ask if they can visit the patients they dropped off, but today we had our first animal visitor! For the safety of our patients we do not accommodate visitation requests, but in this case we had to make an exception!
This Canada goose, we refer to as Arnold, lives on a pond near our facility. He is part of a mated pair that have been together for several years. They are totally wild and usually keep to themselves when people are around, but yesterday our staff noticed that Arnold had developed a significant limp and was continuously falling over. With some effort we were able to catch Arnold and bring him in for a veterinary exam, one of the “perks” of having a wildlife hospital in your backyard. Upon exam our veterinary team found that he had two open-fractures on his foot. This means that the tissue and skin has been pulled away leaving the bone exposed. Our best guess is that a Snapping turtle or other predator attacked him while swimming. In order to save the foot, and give him a chance at survival, we knew we had to perform surgery to amputate one of the digits and suture the other wound closed. We gave Arnold antibiotics and pain medications and fasted him for surgery the next morning.
Today, as we prepared to sedate Arnold and get him ready for surgery, we heard a faint tapping at the clinic door. We turned to see that his mate had waddled up onto the porch and was attempting to break into our clinic! She had somehow located him and was agitated that she could not get inside. She remained there throughout the entire procedure, watching us work, never moving from the doorway.
Thankfully the surgery went well and we expect the foot to heal with continued treatment and time. Once Arnold woke from anesthesia and the wound was closed and bandaged, we decided to let him recover by the doorway so that he could see his mate. We opened the door and gave Arnold his flow-by oxygen in the doorway. His mate immediately calmed down and began to groom him through the door. They both seemed much more at ease in each other’s presence.
Arnold will likely need several weeks of treatment in our hospital before he is ready to rejoin his mate in the wild. He will need to be kept inside for the majority of this time in order to keep his wound sterile and prevent infection. We will do our best to get him back out quickly and will perform bandage changes and treatments in view of the doorway when possible so that his mate can check up on him.”