12 days of Christmas, PRWC style

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…in July.  Now that our frigid two-day cold front has departed from southwest Florida and allowed the daytime temperatures back up to the 80’s, we can all rest a little calmer knowing we won’t have to try to figure out how to turn the heat on in the car.  Or is it just me that always has to pull out the owner’s manual to figure that out on the rare occasion that I need it?  Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely not complaining about the heat.  I do enjoy the lower electric bill when the air conditioner is not running constantly, despite being set at a balmy 80° in my house.  I love it hot.

I also love the holidays as a time to reflect on the trials and tribulations of the passing year.  Here at Peace River Wildlife Center we have had the usual variety of cases and an ever increasing patient load.  The staff has handled it all with their customary grace and aplomb, and the occasional (well-deserved) hissy fit.

Following is a list of the twelve days of Christmas PRWC-style.  It is by no means all-inclusive.  Our “true love” (the residents of Charlotte County and the surrounding areas) do not limit themselves to gifting us with just the items on this list.  They have generously provided PRWC with over 2,000 patients this year so far and the means by which to care for all these injured and orphaned wildlife.  We also have an actual wish list available on our website at PeaceRiverWildlifeCenter.org or in print at the Center of items we are in need of to feed, clean and treat our patients and residents.

We are eternally grateful for the support and wish you and yours the happiest of holidays.              by-Robin Jenkins, DVM

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me:

12 tired red knots
     12 tired red knots
11 baby Wood rats
    11 baby Wood rats
10 screech owl nestlings
10 screech owl nestlings
9 eastern grey squirrels
9 eastern grey squirrels
8 hatchling mockers
   8 hatchling mockers
7 smiling 'possums
     7 smiling ‘possums
6 hatching peli's
        6 hatching peli’s
5 cottontails
         5 cottontails
4 dog-chewed torts
   4 dog-chewed torts
3 bobcats
          3 bobcats
2 bald eagles
          2 bald eagles

 

 

and a great horned owl family
 and a great horned owl family

 

 

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