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“Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."⠀
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~ Hans Christian Anderson⠀
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“Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."⠀ ⠀ ~ Hans Christian Anderson⠀ ⠀ #happymonday #mondaymorning

“A bird doesn't sing because he has an answer. He sings because he has a song.”⠀
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~ Joan Walsh Anglund⠀
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“A bird doesn't sing because he has an answer. He sings because he has a song.”⠀ ⠀ ~ Joan Walsh Anglund⠀ ⠀ #happyfriday

***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀
Last week, Oaken Acres Wildlife Center in Sycamore transferred us a juvenile raccoon that experienced an unfortunate accident and fractured her mandible. Thankfully, fractures of the mandibular symphysis (connection between the two sides of the mandible) like this are more straightforward to fix than fractures farther back on either jaw. Luckily, full radiographs showed no other significant damage, so she was anesthetized the next day for surgical repair. An orthopedic wire was threaded between needles just behind the canine teeth to stabilize the jaw. This wire will likely stay in place for 4 to 6 weeks. (She’s expected to heal a little quicker than normal due to her young age.) We're pleased to report that she's already eating soft foods and is very sassy, so we hope to get her back out into the wild this season!⠀

***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀ Last week, Oaken Acres Wildlife Center in Sycamore transferred us a juvenile raccoon that experienced an unfortunate accident and fractured her mandible. Thankfully, fractures of the mandibular symphysis (connection between the two sides of the mandible) like this are more straightforward to fix than fractures farther back on either jaw. Luckily, full radiographs showed no other significant damage, so she was anesthetized the next day for surgical repair. An orthopedic wire was threaded between needles just behind the canine teeth to stabilize the jaw. This wire will likely stay in place for 4 to 6 weeks. (She’s expected to heal a little quicker than normal due to her young age.) We're pleased to report that she's already eating soft foods and is very sassy, so we hope to get her back out into the wild this season!⠀ #patientoftheweek #raccoon

 
"Flowers are the music of the ground. From earth's lips spoken without sound."⠀
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~ Edwin Curran⠀
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"Flowers are the music of the ground. From earth's lips spoken without sound."⠀ ⠀ ~ Edwin Curran⠀ ⠀ #happymonday

"Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about."⠀
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~ John Mayer⠀
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"Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about."⠀ ⠀ ~ John Mayer⠀ ⠀ #happyfriday

***Our Willowbrook Patients of the Week***⠀
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These young patients might look prehistoric, but they're just babies! Green herons are small and stocky compared to other herons found in the area. As adults, they have very handsome plumage with deep green backs and chestnut throats and necks. ⠀
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Like their bigger family members, they sit at the edges of bodies of water waiting for something tasty to get within reach of their long, spear-like bills. Green herons will eat fish, crustaceans, insects, tadpoles, worms and small rodents. They are one of the few species of birds that has been observed using tools to acquire food. They create their own "fishing lures" with small bits of food, feathers or insects to entice fish in for a closer look and then — BAM! — snatch them with their beak.⠀
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These babies were found out of the nest and are too small to be alone. However, they're not too small to be very feisty and defensive. We’ll keep them in our care until they grow in their feathers and are fully flighted before releasing them into a DuPage forest preserve.⠀
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***Our Willowbrook Patients of the Week***⠀ ⠀ These young patients might look prehistoric, but they're just babies! Green herons are small and stocky compared to other herons found in the area. As adults, they have very handsome plumage with deep green backs and chestnut throats and necks. ⠀ ⠀ Like their bigger family members, they sit at the edges of bodies of water waiting for something tasty to get within reach of their long, spear-like bills. Green herons will eat fish, crustaceans, insects, tadpoles, worms and small rodents. They are one of the few species of birds that has been observed using tools to acquire food. They create their own "fishing lures" with small bits of food, feathers or insects to entice fish in for a closer look and then — BAM! — snatch them with their beak.⠀ ⠀ These babies were found out of the nest and are too small to be alone. However, they're not too small to be very feisty and defensive. We’ll keep them in our care until they grow in their feathers and are fully flighted before releasing them into a DuPage forest preserve.⠀ ⠀ #patientoftheweek #greenheron

Make the most of daylight today! It's the last day of the year that the sun will set at 8 p.m. or later!

Make the most of daylight today! It's the last day of the year that the sun will set at 8 p.m. or later!

 
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." ⠀
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~ Frank Lloyd Wright.⠀
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"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." ⠀ ⠀ ~ Frank Lloyd Wright.⠀ ⠀ #happymonday

"The wonders of nature are endless."⠀
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~ Walt Disney⠀
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"The wonders of nature are endless."⠀ ⠀ ~ Walt Disney⠀ ⠀ #happyfriday

***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀
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We admitted this fledgling Cooper’s hawk early last week. As with great horned owls, we've seen a large increase in nestling and fledgling Cooper’s hawks this year. Most of our young Cooper’s hawks are already out in flight cages. However, this one is quite far behind, making this an extended baby season.⠀
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This little one was likely taking its first steps out of the nest and fell to the ground. While many babies are unscathed by such accidents, this one fractured the right tibiotarsus bone (the equivalent to the tibia in mammals). Thankfully, he was stable enough for surgery the next day, and our vet team was able to place multiple pins in his leg to keep it straight and stable. ⠀
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Within hours of surgery, he was standing on the leg and eagerly taking a feeding. While this young hawk will likely not be able to return to his nest due to the weeks of healing time ahead of him, we are hopeful he’ll return to the wild once healed and old enough!⠀
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***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀ ⠀ We admitted this fledgling Cooper’s hawk early last week. As with great horned owls, we've seen a large increase in nestling and fledgling Cooper’s hawks this year. Most of our young Cooper’s hawks are already out in flight cages. However, this one is quite far behind, making this an extended baby season.⠀ ⠀ This little one was likely taking its first steps out of the nest and fell to the ground. While many babies are unscathed by such accidents, this one fractured the right tibiotarsus bone (the equivalent to the tibia in mammals). Thankfully, he was stable enough for surgery the next day, and our vet team was able to place multiple pins in his leg to keep it straight and stable. ⠀ ⠀ Within hours of surgery, he was standing on the leg and eagerly taking a feeding. While this young hawk will likely not be able to return to his nest due to the weeks of healing time ahead of him, we are hopeful he’ll return to the wild once healed and old enough!⠀ ⠀ #patientoftheweek #coopershawk

“Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.” ⠀
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~ Soren Kierkegaard⠀
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“Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.” ⠀ ⠀ ~ Soren Kierkegaard⠀ ⠀ #happymonday

 
"Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive."⠀
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~ Hafez⠀
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"Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive."⠀ ⠀ ~ Hafez⠀ ⠀ #happyfriday

"Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift."⠀
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~ Albert Einstein⠀
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"Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift."⠀ ⠀ ~ Albert Einstein⠀ ⠀ #happymonday

“Magic is seeing wonder in nature's every little thing, seeing how wonderful the fireflies are and how magical are the dragonflies.”⠀
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~ Ama H. Vanniarachchy⠀
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“Magic is seeing wonder in nature's every little thing, seeing how wonderful the fireflies are and how magical are the dragonflies.”⠀ ⠀ ~ Ama H. Vanniarachchy⠀ ⠀ #happyfriday

Coinciding with nesting season, we've seen an increase in the number of turtles hit by cars in recent weeks. This poor adult female painted turtle presented with not only a fracture of her plastron (bottom shell) but also her upper and lower jaws. It took about one week to stabilize her for surgery. ⠀
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Plastron fractures that form a hinge can be a little tricky, as our normal procedure of drilling holes and placing surgical wire doesn’t always stabilize the patient completely. For cases like this, we use a thermoplastic casting material that can be molded when placed in hot water. The cast can be worn in water and popped on and off to assess the fracture. Turtle shell orthopedics have advanced greatly since the time of epoxy and bra clips, which is still a suitable repair in limited cases. ⠀
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We're hopeful that this turtle will heal up enough to be released this season as she still has eggs to lay! If we think she’s going to be with us for longer, we’ll likely induce her to lay the eggs and we'll incubate them. We expect the eggs we are already incubating to start hatching in mid-August.⠀
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Coinciding with nesting season, we've seen an increase in the number of turtles hit by cars in recent weeks. This poor adult female painted turtle presented with not only a fracture of her plastron (bottom shell) but also her upper and lower jaws. It took about one week to stabilize her for surgery. ⠀ ⠀ Plastron fractures that form a hinge can be a little tricky, as our normal procedure of drilling holes and placing surgical wire doesn’t always stabilize the patient completely. For cases like this, we use a thermoplastic casting material that can be molded when placed in hot water. The cast can be worn in water and popped on and off to assess the fracture. Turtle shell orthopedics have advanced greatly since the time of epoxy and bra clips, which is still a suitable repair in limited cases. ⠀ ⠀ We're hopeful that this turtle will heal up enough to be released this season as she still has eggs to lay! If we think she’s going to be with us for longer, we’ll likely induce her to lay the eggs and we'll incubate them. We expect the eggs we are already incubating to start hatching in mid-August.⠀ ⠀ #patientoftheweek #paintedturtle

 
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”⠀⠀
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~ Aristotle⠀⠀
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“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ~ Aristotle⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #happymonday

“We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.”⠀
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~ William Hazlitt⠀
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“We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.”⠀ ⠀ ~ William Hazlitt⠀ ⠀ #happyfriday

***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀
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When this nestling was first admitted (and this post was drafted), we mistakenly identified this young bird as a peregrine falcon. It’s actually a merlin! We rarely see adult merlins, let alone babies, so this is quite a surprise! Being a smaller cousin of the peregrine, they have comparable diets and care needs. ⠀
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This patient has been diagnosed as healthy and extremely cute! Its rescuer saw it fall from a tree. Now that we know it’s a merlin and not a peregrine, this makes more sense because peregrines prefer to nest on cliffs, rocky ledges or building edges. ⠀
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It’s rare for us to get a peregrine nestling because nestlings are dependent on parental care and remain in the nest unless disturbed. They’re more likely to need our help when they reach the fledging stage and begin to venture out on their own. So far this year, we’ve treated four fledgling peregrines. But this is our first nestling merlin of the year — and likely the first ever treated at Willowbrook!⠀
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We aren’t sure how or why this little one fell from the nest, but we’re trying to get him back because it’s the best option for his survival. If we can’t find the nest, he’ll remain in our care for a bit longer to monitor his condition and develop plans for rehab and release.⠀
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Whenever peregrine falcons are brought to us, we contact the Chicago Peregrine Program, which oversees Illinois’ peregrine falcon population. They monitor nest sites, track individuals with ID bands and record nesting success. They’ve been involved with peregrine restoration in Illinois since 1985, so they know their stuff. We work closely with them to make informed decisions for our peregrine patients. And it was them that helped us correctly identify this young bird as a merlin and not a peregrine. While we don’t hear as much about the merlin, it’s a raptor that we’re thrilled to know is in the area and to play a role in this bird’s eventual release!⠀
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***Our Willowbrook Patient of the Week***⠀ ⠀ When this nestling was first admitted (and this post was drafted), we mistakenly identified this young bird as a peregrine falcon. It’s actually a merlin! We rarely see adult merlins, let alone babies, so this is quite a surprise! Being a smaller cousin of the peregrine, they have comparable diets and care needs. ⠀ ⠀ This patient has been diagnosed as healthy and extremely cute! Its rescuer saw it fall from a tree. Now that we know it’s a merlin and not a peregrine, this makes more sense because peregrines prefer to nest on cliffs, rocky ledges or building edges. ⠀ ⠀ It’s rare for us to get a peregrine nestling because nestlings are dependent on parental care and remain in the nest unless disturbed. They’re more likely to need our help when they reach the fledging stage and begin to venture out on their own. So far this year, we’ve treated four fledgling peregrines. But this is our first nestling merlin of the year — and likely the first ever treated at Willowbrook!⠀ ⠀ We aren’t sure how or why this little one fell from the nest, but we’re trying to get him back because it’s the best option for his survival. If we can’t find the nest, he’ll remain in our care for a bit longer to monitor his condition and develop plans for rehab and release.⠀ ⠀ Whenever peregrine falcons are brought to us, we contact the Chicago Peregrine Program, which oversees Illinois’ peregrine falcon population. They monitor nest sites, track individuals with ID bands and record nesting success. They’ve been involved with peregrine restoration in Illinois since 1985, so they know their stuff. We work closely with them to make informed decisions for our peregrine patients. And it was them that helped us correctly identify this young bird as a merlin and not a peregrine. While we don’t hear as much about the merlin, it’s a raptor that we’re thrilled to know is in the area and to play a role in this bird’s eventual release!⠀ ⠀ #patientoftheweek #falcon #merlin

 
“Butterflies … flowers that fly and all but sing.”⠀
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~ Robert Frost⠀
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“Butterflies … flowers that fly and all but sing.”⠀ ⠀ ~ Robert Frost⠀ ⠀ #happyfriday

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