Doing the Birdy Backup Boogaloo Here

All the birds you see in this post were squawkin’, “Breaker 1-9 is there anybody out there, c’mon?” And Whitford Wild Bird Care Centre answered, “Hearing ya loud and clear, good birdie!”

Let’s hand it over to Susan R. now,

“Hi there, Summer has arrived in New Zealand which means it’s very busy at the Whitford Wild Bird Care Centre near Auckland! Loads of young birds there. Here are a few photos of some of the cutest – most of these are from the last few months, a few are from a couple of springs ago. I volunteer there and have helped look after most of these little guys and can confirm that they are all extremely cute, even the kind of ugly ones!” :

“Blackbirds! Although the centre focuses on wild New Zealand birds, in this case a nest full of blackbirds were cared for. Note their ‘sideburns’!”

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This is an adult pukeko who decided to stay near the centre after he was released. He lives by a stream nearby and each year, has a batch of babies, and sometimes drops by to say hello (Mandy the centre manager is in this photo).”

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“Morepork, New Zealand’s only surviving native owl (sadly quite a few native birds didn’t survive the arrival of European settlers but the centre is helping the ones who are left). The Maori name is Ruru, but European settlers called them ‘Morepork’ as their call sounds like this. (www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/native-animals/birds/land-bi…)”

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“Yes, this is an owl in a margarine container:”

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Who let the owls out, who who:

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“Dotterels are an endangered species and this little guy just about didn’t make it. The adults nest on the sand at the beach and during a very high spring ‘king tide’ a few weeks ago, a conservation ranger discovered one nest had been washed away. She found three eggs floating in the waves and rushed them to the centre. Two hatched: this is the first one, which weighed 18 grams (0.63 oz); and its sibling was just 16 grams (0.56 oz). Both are doing well.”

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“Green finch – One of the latest arrivals and Mandy the centre manager says it’s the smallest patient they’ve ever had! Note the bread tag (approx 1.5cm wide) for scale. Less than 100 green finches were introduced to NZ in the 1860s from Europe, but they’ve now settled in and are very common.”

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“Grey warblers (Riroriro in Maori) are native to NZ and sing beautifully. They are often very difficult to see but you hear them! This website has their song: www.nzbirds.com/birds/riroriro.html This is a young one but even as adults they are very small.”

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“Here is the grey warbler with a young goldfinch:”

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“Paradise Shelduck  are native to New Zealand. These ducklings were orphaned. They, along with other types of duckling, have a bath/swim once a day, usually in a bucket.”

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“Harrier Hawk chicks or Kahu in Maori.”

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“These hawks catch a wide range of prey including, er, birds, but we like to think that when they’ve been cared for at the centre they will be a little kinder to their feathered friends :-)”

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“Baby Pukekoes (a Maori name, pronounced ‘poo-KE-ko’).”

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“Plover: This youngster was rescued after falling twice down drains while strolling behind its parents. Now it’s strolling in much more pleasant surroundings, a comfy incubator (the photos are to help prevent imprinting)”

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Fantastic cute-porting! Thank you, Susan R!

It’s A Silicon Valley Super Bowl Adop-Shun Special!

Attention all Bay Area peeps! In honor of the San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl appearance, the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) is adopting select kittehs for $4 and select doggehs for $9. (4 and 9…..geddit?)

Quoting their site: “All dogs & cats with a football themed photo and den or condo can be adopted for these low fees. So rush on down to SVACA and help us tackle the overpopulation problem by scoring your new best friend! Learn more about our adoption program!” [Nice football metaphors! -Ed]

The offer is good through Super Bowl Sunday. Their phone is (408) 764-0344 and here’s a map! Share Your Life. Change a Life. Adopt for Life.

Gigi 49er

Bindi 49er

Bluebell 49er

Duke 49er

Fiona 49er

Goldie

Oslo 49er

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“SVACA is a joint powers authority that provides animal care and control services to the cities of Campbell, Monte Sereno, Mountain View and Santa Clara. Adoption services and volunteer opportunities are open to all in the Bay Area.”

Child Star: Then & Now

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She stole Rudolph’s heart, and ours, as Clarice, now the world holds its breath as she grows up and abandons her famous red polka-dot hair bow, for an *iddy-biddy mohawk!8371589474_880b0ebff1_b
Alex T. of AT8 Photography, a Safari Guide in South Africa, explains this is a Duiker, “which is an *iddy biddy type of antelope with built in mohawks.” This adorable duiker is named ‘Easy’, who was raised and soon to be released from Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage.

Great Job, Claudia!

Nice going. We likey. Good stuff here, peeps. Meet Garfield, thanks to his super-wonderful hoomins.

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Claudia writes: I’m a big fan of your site for a long, long time, and I finally decided to try to achieve fame for my baby big boy Garfield. We got him 5 months ago. We had just lost our 13 year old beautiful girl cat Nikita to cancer, and less than a week later someone abandoned a litter of 3 baby marmies close to where I lived. We were able to adopt one and help find a home for the other 2. He was so malnourished that even though he was about 2 months old he weighted just 400 grams and could fit in the palm of my hand. He was a little ball of fur and fleas, and had a cold and an ear infection. Attached pictures with a new hair style (I couldn’t resist the bad boy look it gave him.)

Here’s a video of the little one shortly after his first bath, when we finally got him rid of all the fleas:

That was the first time he slept without the damn fleas disturbing him, and only then did we realize how much energy he had. Even today he seems to always run everywhere, jump, play, he’s really adorable and a very handsome boy.

Fave Frame:

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Always a fan, Claudia (from Portugal) PS: English is not my first language, please forgive any mistakes.

(Every Day Should Be) National Sqwerl Appreesh Day!

Monday the 21st was National Sqwerl Appreesh Day. But when you think on it [Think hard, this is your fault it's late -Ed] every day should be Knucklehead Appreesh Day. So, belated apologies to all those little fellows maniacs:

15 Seconds of Bliss ~ Thelma & Louise from Coast & Canyon Wildlife on Vimeo.

Coast & Canyon Squirrel Release from Coast & Canyon Wildlife on Vimeo.

Kimberly Barker gave us with these marvelous photos taken at Coast & Canyon Wildlife Rehabilitation in Malibu.

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More info on their McFacebookster.

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She volunteers there and sez, “It’s a volunteer run organization that helps the bebbeh squirrels who have lost their mums.”

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“After about 3 months of care, they’re released back into the wild to live out their happy squirrel lives.”

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Lending A Helping Fin

Kel climbs ladderSometimes you come across a video that reminds you that hoomins share the planet with all sorts of animal/fish/mammal creatures, and we should help them out when we can.

This is one of those videos.

On January 11, divers were checking out Manta Rays and discovered a Bottlenose Dolphin that had a hook and plastic fishing line stuck in its pectoral fin. Let’s watch Keller Laros go to work. (A note of caution, this might be hard for some folks to watch.)

Mahalo to Mr. Laros. Video from Manta Rays Hawaii. More info from KITV in Honolulu.

I Only Have Eyes For You

Welcome to the look of lof. Please take a moment to adjust your heart settings to all a-flutter.

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Jessica O., wants you to know, this is Cousteau: “…a kitten whose mom I fostered only 4 days before, and helped deliver him :) . He’s named after the great marine biologist I’ve always aspired to be.”

How’s That Song Go Again?

She’ll tease you
She’ll unease you
Just to please you
She’s got Bette Davis eyes

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Liz T. says: “Hi! I’m a huge fan of your site- here’s my rescued poodle mix, Bette Davis. I got her 2 years ago from animal control in NYC. She is a total gem with a great sense of humor and we love her to bits!”

Number 1 Reason Cats Clean Themselves

Even when they get the bath water temperature to feel just right, …it still feels wet!

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Maura C., rescued a curious kitten and gave it a curious name; Squid Ink Sassafrass, who, “seems to be a bit confused about the whole “cats hate water” thing. She drinks with her right paw in the water bowl, hangs out by the bath tub and dips her tail and paws in, and can often be found staring at the drain in the tub or the shower. I blame myself for naming her after a sea animal…”

Who ResQte Who?

This is Mika.


Jordan tells us, “He’s about 6 weeks old and was orphaned soon after being born. We were offered him seemingly at random by his owner outside of a shopping centre, after being told that he’d be put down if no one took him. We didn’t hesitate at all to welcome him into our family.”

Mika is settling right in to his forever home.


Now that he feels secure, he’s found his voice and he’s not afraid to use it.



He’s so comfortable he’s taken control of the remote and now everyone has to watch Blue Planet all the time.


And, finally, Mika surveys his new-found territory from the safety of his Catbus.


Best wishes to Jordan O., Maxine and Mika and thanks to Patti for taking great photos.

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