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Anita

Thank you

THEJJNADO

i think it's great you're doing this...a lot of people disregard animals...as someone who's cared for a lost beaver young (not a dirty joke...this time!)..i can really appreciate what you're doing

Jeff Mariotte

I don't think I've ever seen a wild beaver. We theoretically have some over in the San Pedro River, but they've managed to dodge me the times I've been out there.

Anita

I appreciate it. I'm trying to figure out how to put a profile pic in here with no success. Beavers.....you cared for a lost beaver young? Expand on that..... We got a beaver in one time (no dirty joke :)) that was injured and needed put down. I could not find a vein to save my life. Learned that large ridge in the middle of the back of the tail was NOT a vein. I've found raccoon babies are adorable, though in the wild they grow up mean. There is a lady in Boise who does rescues for raccoons, badgers, etc. She has badgers that will run up to her in anticipation of being with her. And they can be some badass animals!

Anita

Thanks jeff. Later....me

Anita

Back to the raccoons, we got in one time at the shelter four baby raccoons. They were SO CUTE. Loving, cute, so we took them to the rescue lady in Boise who was detested by Fish and Game because she didn't do things the way they thought things should be done. Anyway, they were rehabbed and either live with her or are out on their own. You can't just relocate raccoons when they're that young as their mother takes care of them and they are unable to care for themselves. Same with squirrels in the fall or winter. They already have their winter supply of food delienated.

Anyway.

Anita

Delineated.

Jeff Mariotte

Raccoons are pretty adorable, but I've never actually interacted with them, just seen them around. Adults are surprisingly large.

THEJJNADO

my step-dad took me and my mom camping when i was like, nine or 10, and, anyone who knows me, and i've actually talked to jeff about this cuz he lives in the middle of nowhere, camping is pretty much like hell for me, lol...

i'm a city boy. it's quiet in the wilderness, gah, that sucks. there are tons of bugs (ok, well, in oklahoma, that's the same way in cities :P), there's no internet and you have to have batteries for stuff...sucks...lol...and you're freezing in a terrible excuse for a bed!

but one morning, i woke up, on this trip, and there was a small, furry thing next to the river next to our camp. i looked, and picked it up, cuz i was a young boy who loved animals, and well, that's what ya do, and i noticed a larger beaver floating in the water. i don't know how it was killed, but i brought the kid back to my mom and dad, and told them where the older one was, and they told me to keep the young one warm

i put it in my coat, and held it next to me, and i remember its tail, kind of flapping against me, and it nibbled on my flanel shirt, and i walked to the ranger station with my parents, and it was so warm, and fuzzy, lol, man, i'm sounding like a little kid just remembering it, but i told them how i found him, and that his mom/or/dad was floating in the river, and the ranger took the beaver and told me i was really good for bringing it there. i know it sounds weird, but i've never forgotten that beaver. the next christmas, my grandma got me a stuffed beaver, lol, and i still have that sitting on my shelf even though she died four years ago....and no, no dirty jokes, dammit!

Anita

We'll hope it all turned out okay for the baby beaver.

THEJJNADO

i'm sure it did...the ranger seemed really helpful, like he knew what to do with it...i hope they raised it a bit and then gradually re-introduced it to its environment...well, that's what i think happened in my totally non-informed positivity thinking sort of way!

Anita

I bet it was cute as could be.

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