Is it possible for a moose to be...handsome? You can't deny that this majestic moose at Isle Royale National Park in Michigan, just has that star quality.
Moose first arrived on the island in the 1900's, and have since become the star of the park. When Benjamin Olson was visiting Isle Royale, they awoke early in the morning to the sounds of splashing. They were lucky enough to get to experience and photograph this large male as it sloshed through the water for almost 30 magical minutes.
Photo courtesy of Benjamin Olson. Photo description: A large dark brown moose with a large rack walks through water with foggy trees in the background
A Michigan Stand-off! The Opossum was back tonight! But also meeting a Raccoon. This was neat because I have never seen the 'possum show it's teeth. We are still wondering if we will see a mommy opossum walk by carrying babies on her back.
Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge in Michigan was established in 2001 as a result of efforts from politicians, conservation leaders and local communities in America and Canada to build a sustainable future for the Detroit River and western Lake Erie ecosystems. Because of this collaboration, international status was given to the refuge - making it the first of its kind in North America. The refuge consists of nearly 6,000 acres of unique habitat, including islands, coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals and waterfront lands. Gorgeous sunrise above the refuge by Tom Kachelmeyer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Raccoons are so weird to watch on the night cam.They seem to be nocturnal, so one would think they can see, but they touch the food like they don’t. Or maybe they are too watchful to enjoy? Anyways, in German, we call them Waschbären, “wash bears”. and they do look like they are washing their hands and food. I guess we are all part raccoon now. Nocturnal and washing our hands and food often.
This bunny has been coming every night all winter long, but tonight when we got quite a bit of snow, he made it up onto the feeder. This feeding station is about a foot off the ground, and I am very impressed with his survival skills. I also think he is super adorable. His name is Sir Hoppy Swiftfoot.
I rehab small mammals and ALL THE TIME I gotta make sure I preface things w “But these make bad pets please don’t try to tame wild animals!!” I just wish that were more widely spread and people just. Had more common sense and empathy. You can get five zillion already domesticated pets you don’t need to harm more wild animals than we already have
My rehab once had some people bring us like 30+ southern flying squirrels that had been living in the walls of their new house. They said when they brought in the multiple cages full of squirrels that when they trapped the first one, they considered keeping it for a pet, but then they just kept getting more & more in the traps.
We quickly let them know that was for the best because it’s illegal in Michigan to keep wildlife as pets & also wildlife make really bad pets. Even when they’re as cute as flying squirrels.
We also had a young fox for a little while who had been kept as a pet - as she got older & more wild, the “owner” resorted to keeping her locked in a dark room & just tossing food in once a day. Someone got upset & reported them to the DNR, who found the fox in a completely shit-covered room. She was transferred to a fox-specialty rehab after her time with us so she could be prepared for release.
We also had two education opossums, one who was fed hot dogs & chips, and one who was fed lunchmeat ham and apples. Both ended up with MBD & stayed with us due to their health issues (Pumpkin) & from being too friendly for release (Rascal).
(Also for the love of fuck, public, please stop trying to keep raccoons as pets. Please stop touching raccoons. Please just leave the raccoons alone.)
Just because you can walk outside & pick up an animal doesn’t mean you should decide to keep it in your home.
(also I'm sorry for the long rant/ramble, thank you for rehabbing & educating, I appreciate you!!!!)
Sir Hoppy Swiftfoot, the resident snow bun, has been checking out the area around the bird bath more frequently recently. There is no seed there, and he does not seem to drink, so I am not sure why he likes the spot. But I love that he does :D Here he is in daylight.