Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Life Changing Experiences...

Hey y’all,

Most folks don’t think about the plight of wildlife until they are thrust into the role of Good Samaritan. You’re just going along with your day, then BOOM, out of nowhere you see an animal that you know is in trouble. It can be life a changing experience. I know my life has been changed as a care-giver. When I see one come in orphaned or broken in two and they are able to be given another chance at life, well, it’s hard to put it in words, but it gives my life meaning. I know that what I do doesn’t affect the population as a whole one way or the other and some folks might think that it’s silly and a waste of time, but wildlife rehabbers fill an important humanitarian role of go-between between the Good Sam and the injured/orphaned animal. After all, if it weren’t for caring people like you, the animals would never have made it to the rehabber to receive help. Fortunately, these deer didn’t need any more intervention.

Please won’t you donate to your favorite local animal charity this Christmas? We all surely could use your help….m.


Sam's getting into the spirit of things!

Four young Sitka black-tailed bucks fell upon good luck Sunday as they were pulled from the icy waters of Stephens Passage, Alaska by a group of locals on Tom Satre's 62-foot charter vessel. Four juvenile Sitka black-tailed deer swam directly toward the boat. Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking directly at the humans on board. Clearly, the bucks were distressed. With help, the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals came willingly onto the boat. Once onboard, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering.

Here the rescued bucks rest on the back of Tom Satre's boat, the Alaska Quest. All four deer were transported to Taku Harbour. Once the group reached the dock, the first buck that had been pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back, then leapt into the harbour, swam to shore, and disappeared into the forest. After a bit of prodding and assistance from the humans, two others followed suit, but one deer needed more help.

Here he is being transported by Tom Satre.

Tom, Anna and Tim Satre help the last of the "button" bucks to its feet. They did not know how long the deer had been in the icy waters or if there had been others who did not survive. The good Samaritans (humans) describe their experience as "one of those defining moments in life." I’m sure it was for the deer.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you are all warm and happy.


At December 14, 2010 at 4:56 PM , Blogger Gaina said...

Yep, the cockles of my heart are well and truly warmed :).

At December 17, 2010 at 10:50 PM , Anonymous Karen Ross said...

Wow Monteen. Incredible story of those deer. Humans who hurt innocent animals don't deserve to be human and humans who rescue innocent animals are angels.


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