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9 If You Hate Mosquitoes, You’ll Learn to Love Bats

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If You Hate Mosquitoes, You’ll Learn to Love Bats

Earlier that day, four bats were trapped inside the school where she worked. When school administrators and security personnel found out, they became frantic. Unfortunately, there are many myths associated with bats that cause people to panic. People often think that bats will suck your blood, become tangled in your hair, and dive bomb you to try and attack you. They also often believe that all bats have rabies. Those are just myths, and they may have been some of the exact myths in the minds of administrators when they ordered that the bats be killed!

A custodian was elected to “take care” of the bats. All the administrators were sure that these bats were a serious health threat to the students. They told the custodian to get rid of them however he felt fit. That custodian used a can of Raid insect killer and sprayed the bats.

Two of the four creatures died from the deadly poison within minutes. The other two managed to cling to life. They were trying to fly and get away, but the poison was slowly overcoming them. They were soon grounded, or unable to take flight any longer. They could only flap their wings slowly on the floor of the school.

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6 Lions and Tigers and Bears

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Lions and Tigers and Bears

the old mining town called Buckskin Joe. It recaptures the spirit of the Old West in an actual frontier setting with 30 buildings that are original structures from ghost towns in the Rocky Mountain region.

People come to learn about Colorado’s history, as well as experience things like gunfights, hangings, and magic shows. Some of the entertainment is based on real events that happened in the 1800s.

Perhaps one event that the park didn’t bank on having was an act by a guest who wasn’t on the entertainment line-up. That guest was a black bear.

The bear had been frequenting the park in search of food. Wildlife officers say that food is the main reason a bear will initially come around and stay around. The park offered plenty of leftover snacks from all of its tourists.

The bear was causing trouble, however. He was getting into trash and searching the rest of the park for a meal or two. The Colorado

Division of Wildlife stepped in after the bear had come around one too many times and set a trap. The bear found himself in that trap soon afterwards.

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7 Ducklings in My Swimming Pool

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Ducklings in my Swimming Pool

and calm rivers. But what if that water habitat happens to be your swimming pool?

If you have a pool, you may find that it’s being used by many creatures aside from those in your family! I remember a call from a distressed family who discovered about a dozen ducklings in their pool one day. The family kept their pool uncovered, leaving an open invitation of water for wild ducks. Sure enough, a family of them decided to take advantage of that invitation.

It seemed harmless enough. The ducklings were swimming around and appeared to be enjoying themselves. What this family didn’t know, however, is that a joyful day at the pool could turn deadly for this duck family if they didn’t take the proper steps to make sure those ducklings had a way out of the pool!

The little ducks were too small to hop out of the water onto the edge of the pool. This is the case for many baby ducks: the edge is too high for them and they’re stuck. I told the family to put a board halfway into the water, creating a little ramp that the ducks could use to exit the water. Providing this little escape route saved the ducklings’ lives. Again, they lacked the flight feathers necessary to take flight from the water as many species of waterfowl are able to do.

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11 Wildlife First Aid and Rescue

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Chapter Eleven

wing. This was confirmed when the man tried to approach the bird and he couldn’t fly away. With birds, not being able to fly is a major indication that something is wrong.

As I pulled into the driveway of the small ranch house, the owner ran toward me, yelling that the bird had just managed to crouch down and crawl under his house. There was an opening about a foot and a half high. The bird went in there.

I got out of my car and pulled out a small blanket from the back seat. I also put on a pair of leather gloves. These two tools would be for my protection as I tried to capture the bird. From the man’s description of him, it sounded like he was a great blue heron.

Great blue herons stand about four feet tall. Their pointed beaks are six to eight inches long, powerful tools that they use to impale their prey. Herons eat things like fish, amphibians, and small rodents.

But they also use their beaks to impale their enemies when they’re threatened! I would have to be very protective of my eyes, as well as the rest of my body, when I approached this cornered bird.

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5 Leave Bambi in the Forest

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Chapter Five

He was sure the fawn was abandoned. The man was working with a construction crew, clearing undeveloped wildlands to prepare the area for a large office building that was going to be built. One evening as he was leaving work, he noticed a fawn wandering around and looking disoriented. The little guy was at the edge of the field they had just cleared. The man guessed that the bulldozers had disrupted the fawn and scared off the mother. He was probably right.

The man knew already to leave the fawn alone in the area where he found him. He knew that the mother may be nearby, ready to return for the fawn at any time. He left the fawn there overnight. But the next day, the man found the fawn in the same spot, still wandering around and looking disoriented.

The fawn looked weaker than he had the previous evening. The mother was nowhere in sight. The man continued to work throughout the day, all the while keeping an eye on this little guy. When it was time to go home that evening, the man picked up the fawn and brought him home.

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