Headline, July 31 2021/ HONOURS : ''' '' NATURE ANIMAL NATION '' '''



CALLS FROM THE WILD : Humans may have caused baby animals distress, some great humans are ready to help out and earn the blessings of mankind and nature.

PATRICK MOORE FIRST BECAME A LICENSED WILDLIFE rehabilitator in New York State at 16 and hand-fed baby birds in his mother's house. Back then, he wanted to help every animal he possibly could.

A fawn's first role model is the forest floor. The white spots on its brown coat resemble the dappled beams of sunlight that cascade through the trees, breaking up the outline of the deer's figure. The camouflage helps keep baby white-tailed deer safe from bears and bobcats as the mother doe forages elsewhere.

While its mother is away, the fawn hides in tall grass and remains vigilant - eyes open and ears picked, listening for movement. When the doe returns, she feeds her baby milk and licks it all over to remove the scent. She licks its genital areas to coax the fawn to urinate or defecate, and then she may even eat its waste. Her cleaning ensures that predators will not detect a whiff of her baby.

But sometimes she does not return - hit by a car, perhaps. If the fawn is left alone for too long, its ears curl up, a sign of dehydration, and flies may cloud around its uncleaned body, drawing attention. The youngest deer are often too weak to stand, and in New York's Westchester County, many are found beside the dead bodies of their mothers on the side of the road, according to Mr. Patrick Moore, the president of Animal Nation, a nonprofit animal-rescue group based in Rye, N.Y.

Fortunately, Mr. Moore knows how to be a doe. If the facility at Animal Nation is overcrowded, which it often is, Mr. Moore will harbor the fawns in his home bathroom.

There, he cleans them, wiping away any maggots that may have hatched from eggs laid in the deer's waste. Every two to four fours, he feeds the fawns goat milk' He will the the fawns anal regions to encourage them to produce waste, his fingers miming a mother's tongue.

''The hardest thing is not letting them imprint,'' Mr. Moore said. A cuddled baby deer can easily come to think of itself as a human, too, making it difficult to release the animal back into the wild. So Mr. Moore is swift and silent with his work. He keeps orphaned fawns together so they can bond with their own kind. During baby season, which peaks from May to September, he rarely gets more than four hours of sleep at a time.

Although he is president of Animal Nation, Mr. Moore is an unpaid volunteer. He has a full-time job as a firefighter in the Bronx. The cumulative rescue work is exhausting, and Mr. Moore is burned out. But if there is a space in his own home, he can't help but help the animals.

''People say, ' Let me visit your facility,' he said. '' And I say, 'You're coming to my bathroom.' ''

STRANDED CREATURES EVERYWHERE : Animal Nation, one of the few rehabilitation centers in Westchester, often reaches capacity and has to stop taking in new creatures before the end of the year.

But calls skyrocketed during the pandemic, as people once cocooned in offices began spending more time outside. They found fawns orphaned near bike trails and fledglings fallen from their nests. Many city residents moved to the suburbs, and some first-time home owners were greeted by attic bound swarms of bats or flying squirrels, according to Jim Horton, the owner of QualityProPest & Wildlife Services in Hawthorne, N.Y.

A few weeks ago, Mr. Horton climbed a 40-foot ladder to pull a baby raccoon out of a tree. Earlier this year, he rounded up a family of swans trying to cross a parkway and dropped them off at a nearby lake.

Now, at 32, he yearns for systemic change. '' People call you for that one little fawn,'' he said. ''But we are doing tons of research and are we keeping good track of what animals have what problems?'' Mr. Moore of ten sends a sample to state-run pathology labs. But resources are limited, especially for species that are considered invasive or populations that are not threatened.

There is always money for bald eagles and peregrine falcons, but less for squirrels and deer, Mr. Moore said.

When licensed wildlife rehabilitators in New York work with an animal that is too weak to recover, the only way they can euthanize the animal is by breaking its neck. Mr. Moore has never done this, he said, opting instead to work with veterinarians who offer their time pro bono.

For some of the animals that Animal Nation takes in, euthanasia is the most humane option.

The fawns at Animal Nations will continue to be weaned and will grow steadily on their once-wobbly legs. The state requires all deer to be released by Sept. 10, so Mr. Moore plans to do a soft release of the fawns in August. ''We open the doors and continue to feed them,'' he said. ''We let them come and go as they need.''

Many of the animals that pass through the doors of Animal Nation will leave the facility never to be seen again. Birds fly away. '' Possums couldn't give a damn about you,'' Mr. Moore said.

Others, such as Food-seeking squirrels, know to come back. And sometimes the fawn return to Animal Nations as early as the following year, their legs broken by cars. Mr. Moore said that it was easy to spot a mature deer he had rehabilitated as a fawn.

''They'll come closer than a deer should,'' he said. ''And you know it's your baby.''

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