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Rehabilitating Big Bird

Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center plays Santa to injured critters but needs your help

“Big Bird not only let me handle her for all of her procedures,” said veterinarian Ron Wexler. “She also allowed me to hand feed her and scratch the back of her neck.”

Dozens of raptors were among the thousands of animals rescued this year by the Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center in Lusby.
    One stands out for her size and the relationship she formed with her rescuers.
    Big Bird, as she was called, was rescued from a farm in southern Maryland. A nesting mother with three babies and a mate in a nearby tree, she had a broken left wing. What caused her injuries was never learned.
    “This magnificent bald eagle accepted and trusted me almost immediately,” says center director and veterinarian Ron Wexler. “Big Bird not only let me handle her for all of her procedures but also allowed me to hand feed her and scratch the back of her neck. All I had to do was call her and she would scamper across her flight pen and sit with me. I have never known a more gentle bird.”
    Big Bird mended well and was returned to her family after six weeks. She soared, gained altitude and landed back in her nest.
    Humans and animals form transformative connections. The more powerful the animal, the more awesome the connection.
    They help us see past our limitations. Often it takes only a little love, compassion and medical skill for us to help them.
    To continue its rehabilitative work, Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center needs volunteers and donors to help treat these animals.

Play Santa to injured wildlife: 410-326-0937; DocRGWexler@gmail.com.