Animal Rehabilitation At Lees-McRae College


THE MIDWEEK. THERE’S A COLD FRONT ON FRIDAY. TEMPERATURES NEAR 60 OVER THE WEEKEND. THE BEAUTY OF THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN REGION DOES NOT JUST MAKE FOR GREAT SOUTH THESE — GREAT SELFIES AND FUN ADVENTURE. IT IS HOME TO THOUSANDS OF WILDLIFE CREATURES. MANY OF THOSE ANIMALS, UNFORTUNATELY, WILL BE INJURED AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER. THE DYING — THE DAN AND DIANE MAY LEES McRAE ANIMAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM IS THE ONLY PROGRAM ON A COLLEGE CAMPUS. IT TREATS MORE THAN 1400 ANIMALS EVERY YEAR. WE’RE TALKING BUNNIES TO BOBCATS. DIRECTOR NINA VICIOUS OR JOINS US WITH SOME OF THESE ANIMALS AND IT IS SO GOOD TO HAVE YOU ON THE SHOW. THANK YOU SO MUCH, AMY. WE ARE HAPPY TO BE HERE AND TALK ABOUT OUR WONDERFUL PROGRAM. EVERYBODY IN THE STUDIO HAS CAMERAS OUT AND YOU HAVE BROUGHT IN THESE BIG BOXES. THINK YOU FOR TRAVELING TO SHARE THE STORY. I HAD NO IDEA, AND I DO NOT THINK THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT YOU HAVE AN ACTIVE WILDLIFE PROGRAM. WE OFFER A WILDLIFE BIOLOGY DEGREE. IT IS A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE, AND IT IS A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE WITH A CONCENTRATION WILDLIFE REHABILITATION. PEOPLE WHO COME THERE WORK WITH THE ANIMALS ALL THROUGHOUT COLLEGE. IT IS REALLY WONDERFUL. IMAGINE GOING TO YOUR CLASS AND LEARNING HOW TO FEED A BABY SQUIRREL. BABY SQUIRREL SEASON IS RIGHT NOW. YOU ARE LEARNING HOW TO FEED A BABY SQUIRREL AND YOU GOT YOUR SHIFT AND FEED BABY SQUIRRELS AND CARE FOR THEM AND TAKE CARE OF ALL OF THE HUSBANDRY. IT IS A WONDERFUL PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS WHO WANT TO GO INTO VETERINARY MEDICINE. WE HAVE A FULL-TIME VETERINARY. SHE INCORPORATES THE EASTERN AND WESTERN METHODOLOGIES. SHE DOESN’T ACUPUNCTURE AND SURGERIES AND CHINESE MEDICINE AND ANTIBIOTIC THERAPY. SHE INCORPORATES ALL OF THIS TYPE OF MEDICINE TO TREAT THE ANIMALS WHO COME TO US. AND YOU BROUGHT SOME OF THESE ANIMALS TODAY. LET’S START OVER HERE. THIS ONE IS A REALLY SPECIAL ONE. IT IS CALLED A NORTHERN SAUL WET TOWEL. HER NAME IS HAMLET. SAUL WOULD — SAUL WOULD OWLS ARE IMPORTANT IN TENNESSEE AND IN OUR AREA. HIGHS CONCENTRATION OF NESTING BIRDS IS RIGHT ON ROAD MOUNTAIN STATE PARK. THEY HAVE DONE STUDIES WITH APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY AND THEY’VE LEARNED ABOUT THE POPULATIONS HERE. THIS IS JUST RECENT, THE PAST 20 YEARS. AND WE ARE GOING TO SWITCH OUT SOME ANIMALS HERE. NINE A — TELL US ABOUT THIS I WILL. THE BARRED OWL ARE THE ONES THAT ARE VOCAL AND THEY MAKE THE CALL THAT SAYS WHO COOKS FOR YOU AND WHO COOKS FOR YOU ALL? THAT IS VERY GOOD. BARN OWLS ARE EVERYWHERE IN NORTH CAROLINA. THEY ARE ACTUALLY A PREDATOR TO THE NORTHERN SAUL WENT OUT. THEY STAY HIGHLY ELEVATIONS — WE WANT TO SHOW SOME OF THE PICTURES THAT YOU HAVE BROUGHT IN. YOU HAVE DONE SURGERIES AND RELEASED ANIMALS. BUT AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUR STUDENTS. A KIND ACT ON BEHALF OF ANOTHER HUMAN BEING IT — BRINGS OUT THE FINEST EXPECTS OF HUMANITY. — FINEST ASPECTS OF HUMANITY. STUDENTS WHO COME HERE TO WORK WITH THESE ANIMALS ARE ENGAGED WITH EVERY PART OF REHABILITATION FROM SURGERY TO THE FANTASTIC RELEASES THAT WE DO. WHAT A WONDERFUL THING TO BE A PART OF. REAL QUICK. WE’RE ALMOST OUT OF TIME. YOU HAVE ONE MORE ANIMAL TO SHOW. THIS IS CAPTAIN. HE IS A RED TAILED HAWK. THEY ARE REALLY IMPORTANT FOR OUR ECOSYSTEM BECAUSE THEY EAT MICE AND RATS. THEY EAT A LOT OF THOSE RODENTS. THEY ARE VERY IMPORTANT, THEY ARE OFTEN MISTAKEN FOR CHICKEN HAWKS. WE GET QUITE A FEW RED TAILED HAWKS THAT ARE GUNSHOT AND NEED REHABILITATION. AND SO IT IS A MISCONCEPTION. WE ARE OUT OF TIME. WE COULD TALK TO YOU ALL OUR. WE HAVE THE WILL COME BACK AND SEE US AGAIN. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING US. THEY DO A SPECIAL TALK ON SATURDAY.

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