Exotic & Domestic Animal Rescue Stories (6)
Information to educate the public on the dangers of purchasing exotic animals as pets and resources to help find homes for domestic pets without hope.
Rudy, the three legged deer, has touched everyone's heart who comes in contact with him. He was born on a deer farm and at the age of around 4 to 6 hours after his birth was stepped on by a domestic elk that it shared an 8 acre enclosure with. The owner of the farm offered him to us as it was obvious the medical care was going to be extensive.
When we first saw him, his tibia (leg bone) was snapped in two and protruding a couple of inches through the skin. We rushed him to our vet and they performed emergency surgery on Rudy to amputate his rear leg.
He was terrified by all of the human contact but seemed to be in shock and cooperated. He came out of surgery and returned to us to be fed goats milk (fresh squeezed of course!) this leads to a goat story but we can talk about that later.
We were asked to assist the Sheriff's Department of Mahoning County in the removal and transportation of 16 horses from a farm. We arrived along with some friends with another trailer and FSF board members Mike and Stephanie Barnhart to a horrible sight of inhumanity. The horses stood in 18 inches of manure ( or more ), and had no water or food available to them.
They would drink their own urine, as the water that a few of them had was stagnant and filthy. The barn was dark inside with very little light filtering through cracks in the barn siding for these abused horses. Two of the horses had to be euthanized immediately. The remaining 14 were taken to foster homes while charges were placed against the owner. FSF fostered a stallion and a mare while the Barnharts fostered another mare.
Here are few pictures of the "healthier" horses. Because of legal reasons we were not allowed to photograph the facility they were in but took some photos as they were exiting our trailer to be rehabilitated at our place. Some of the abused horses had to be manually lifted onto our trailers ...
The two coati mundi that we have were from a person in Arkansas that wanted to de-claw them but did not want to pay a vet to do it so she took a pair of metal side-cutters and cut off all of their first knuckles. Surprisingly enough, they did not bleed to death but became extremely infected.
We are not sure how she got our number but she called and asked for help. She found a volunteer to drive them 8 hours to the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport where they were flown immediately by Continental Airlines (thanks Continental!!) to the Cleveland Airport. We picked them up there and took them straight to the vet from the Akron Zoo.
At this point neither coatimundi had a hair one on them, as their skin was inflamed, red with infection. He put them in oxygen incubators and started antibiotics. Next they took one of their healthy coatimundi from the Akron Zoo and drew bone marrow from it and injected the two sick coatimundi.