What are you Grateful For?
Opossum siblings share a drink
Thanksgiving is a great time to think of all the things for which we are grateful. I don't know how much opossums think about gratitude, but these two siblings (brother & sister in the picture above) and their sister seemed happy to be at Wild Things and happiness is close to gratitude. These siblings were tiny when their mother was hit by a car and killed. They survived safe in her pouch. A good samaritan checked the mother's pouch and found these three babies, only about the size of a thumb, and brought them to Wild Things.
The babies did really well and after a few months were big, chubby and ready to be released. Whenever possible at Wild Things we like to "soft release" young animals. This means that on a chosen day we open the cage and let the young animals decided when they want to leave. Food is left in the cage for them so that they can come and go until they are ready to support themselves all on their own. We like to do this as most of the young animals do not have the benefit of growing up with their parents who often teach them to hunt and where local resources, like food & water, may be found. A soft release gives them a chance to find their way in the wild with a bit of extra support. The first night the opossum cage was left open one left, but the other two stayed for over a week before they decided they were ready to go live in the Wild Woods! Eventually they all moved into the nearby woods, but they seem to have stayed close by. On a few evenings I've seen them gathering balls of leaves in their tails and carrying them to their secret homes in the woods for bedding. Hopefully by now they've built nice cozy winter dens for themselves and will come back from time to time to say hello!
The rest of us at Wild Things are so very grateful to have such great supporters, volunteers, friends and vets. You have supported us through another busy year and we are very, very grateful for all of your support!
The fair is SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1
Ithaca has one of the biggest Alternative Gift Fairs in the country. But what is an alternative gift fair? It's a fair where local non-profits offer great gifts that support their causes. Every year about 60 local non profits take part and the fair provides critical support for this diverse collection of community organizations whose work has local, national, and international reach.
Why not bypass the annual stress of holiday shopping and “stuff accumulation" AND honor friends and relatives with alternative gifts that support great causes!
11am 'til 6pm
Downtown Ithaca on Dewitt Park at
The First Presbyterian Church &
The First Baptist Church
If you can't attend you can also shop online. Click here for more information.
The 2012 Wild Things' gifts are:
$5: Help keep an animal happy and healthy by giving an enrichment toy to an orphaned or lonely wild animal!
$10: Help a raccoon, skunk or bat stay healthy! Provide a rabies vaccination for an animal prone to this deadly virus.
$15: This gift helps a baby squirrel receive everything it needs to grow up healthy and be released back into the wild.
$20: This gift helps a fawn receive everything it needs to grow up healthy and be released back into the wild.
You can also find more Wild Things gifts on our website, by clicking here.
Wild Things Sanctuary (WTS) is dedicated to helping native wildlife through rescuing and rehabilitating debilitated and orphaned/displaced animals until they are ready for release back into the wild. Eventually, WTS is also aiming to provide a sanctuary for non-releasable native animals.
WTS is also committed to improving the well-being of wildlife though public education; focusing on how humans can safely and peacefully coexist with native wildlife, and on wildlife’s importance to man and the environment.