A beautiful, sunny day at Howard Prairie Park was the perfect opportunity for releasing one of this year’s challenging patients.
In mid-March wildlife specialists with Medford’s Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service- Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest office were able to pull a marmot out from the engine compartment of a truck in the parking lot of their Medford office. Patient 19-081 arrived with severe burns on the pads of her feet. To accommodate this patient’s needs, while keeping her stress as low as possible, she was moved to quarantine so she had peace and quiet. We were also able to make her treatments as efficient as possible so all the care she needed was provided in just two visits a week.
Learn more about yellow bellied-marmots and Patient 19-081’s treatment here.
Patient 19-081’s injuries showed improvement almost immediately. While her burns were healing successfully, we faced another issue. Most animals, when in the hands of trained and licensed rehabilitators, and provided the right kind of food, will eat while in care. Despite our best efforts, and a wide variety of a marmot’s natural diet, Patient 19-081 just wouldn’t eat. She dropped weight quickly. Due to her feisty personality and safety concerns, this marmot was not a candidate for tube feeding or force-feeding. She finally started eating again as her instinct to survive took over.
Back up to weight and with her injuries healed, this girl was ready to go! In the video on our Facebook page, you can see her scamper up the hill at Howard Prairie Park. This area was chosen because marmots have been seen here in the past.