The poor little guy had been orphaned for awhile and was desperate for help.
The folks who contacted us about him were wonderful and followed all our instructions. They never touched him with their bare hands but put on heavy leather gloves and scooped him up in a towel which they placed in a carrier already prepared with bedding and a heat source.
We arrived at their home and removed him from the carrier in their garage which was away from people and pets, quiet and secure. We rushed home to examine him and discovered he was emaciated and covered in parasites (fleas, fly eggs and maggots).
We removed all the parasites we could by hand and then bathed and dried him. We treated him with capstar to kill any remaining parasites, administered subcutaneous fluids and placed him in a Rubbermaid container with a heating pad, bedding and a stuffed toy for comfort. We had to wait for him to thoroughly warm up before giving him his first bottle as cold infants cannot digest food. He immediately took to the bottle and once his tummy was full he cuddled up to his stuffed companion and went right to sleep. The next day we wormed him and gave him his first vaccinations.
He soon thrived and after his quarantine period was up he joined several other orphans in a cat condo where they all learned to socialize, climb and play. They were all moved to a large cage in our barn (8’x16’) where they learned to climb trees, catch minnows in a pond, eat natural foods and develop natural behaviors prior to going to a pre-release cage.
They were all soon ready for release back to the wild to live a natural life of freedom in the big, wide world. We hope and pray it was a long and happy one.