Patient of the Year and Giveaway

I work at Sarvey Wildlife Care Center, a rescue and rehab facility for wildlife.

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In May 2015, this baby beaver was discovered by some campers.  He was without his mother and too young to survive on his own, so the campers brought him to us.  We actually already had a female beaver with us who was rehabbing from an animal attack, and the two beavers were eventually put together.  The older female became a surrogate to the baby male.

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The two beavers spent a year with us.  This past spring they were both released, together, in a secluded area with lots of access to trees, water, and natural habitat.

Beavers play a crucial role in biodiversity.  Many species rely on beaver-created habitat, and a lot of these species who rely on beavers are threatened or endangered.  This year, the baby American beaver was made Patient of the Year at Sarvey. Ornaments and cards were made to celebrate this particular animal.

In honor of this little guy and with the hope of bringing awareness to the importance of beavers, I am holding a giveaway.  One person will win an ornament featuring the baby beaver, a blank holiday card to coincide with the ornament, a Sarvey Wildlife Calendar which has lots of fun tidbits on the inside, and a Sarvey tote bag.  All you have to do is write “Go Hawks” in the comment section!!  Okay, just kidding… let me know if you’re interested with a comment and I’ll put your name in the drawing.  Or send an email to neveradullbling(at)gmail.com.  The drawing will be held this Friday (12/11) around 5 p.m., and I might even get AJ to participate by drawing the name while I’m recording it (gasp!).

BENEFITS OF BEAVER PONDS

  • Decrease damaging floods
  • Recharge drinking water aquifers
  • Remove pollutants from surface and ground water
  • Drought protection
  • Decreased erosion

For more information on Sarvey Wildlife, please visit their website at sarveywildlife.org, or follow them on Facebook.  Sarvey is a nonprofit organization that relies solely on donations.  If you’re interested in purchasing an ornament, calendar, or tote bag for yourself, please visit Sarvey’s website… and make sure to say Paula sent you.  🙂

All photos used with permission from Sarvey Wildlife.

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59 thoughts on “Patient of the Year and Giveaway

  1. wanderwolf

    Oh! I’m in, even if just for the video recorded drawing of the prize winner!
    But ja, I’m in anyway, because this is a neat idea and baby American beaver is adorable and if I won, I may give it to my brother, who had a legitimate “beaver phase” between the ages of 9 and 11. 🙂

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  2. Alittlebitoutoffocus

    A great choice of creature. (How could you not love him !?) I’m not sure I’ve mentioned it in a post but we have some beavers just down the road in the Rhone valley. Jude & I spotted their tracks and a small dam in a nature reserve a few years ago. At the time we found a video that someone had taken of them. I’ll try and find it and send it to you.

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      1. Alittlebitoutoffocus

        I’ve been looking and I can’t find the video (yet anyway). I’ll keep looking.
        There’s no need to enter me into the draw, thank you. I’m sure it’ll cost you too much to send all those goodies here (and they’ll probably charge me for receiving them too!) I’ll let someone else win the prize! 🙂

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  3. Heidi Perryman

    An adorable photo and a perfect summary of beaver’s enormous contribution. Around the time you got him the wildlife photographer who was filming our baby beavers for Ranger Rick had to fly to Sarvey to film him I think. Is that right? Are these photos hers or do you have others by Suzi Eszterhas? This is great to see. Thanks.

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Hi Heidi. You would be right! Suzi came to Sarvey at the most perfect time… soon after we got the baby beaver and about the time when we were inundated with babies, so she got some really great pictures of a lot of the animals! The pictures I’m showing here are actually Sarvey’s, but she does have a couple of pictures she took that are featured in our 2017 calendar. The month that has the beaver picture on it is actually hers (so is the baby skunk you see above). If you’re interested in purchasing a calendar, you can go to Sarvey’s home page… but in the meantime, did you want to enter my little drawing? 🙂

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  4. spearfruit

    Count me in Paula! I think this beaver is perfect as the Patient of the Year! Do you end up naming these little ones while they are in your care? Just wondering! Wonderful post – Happy Monday! 🙂

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Happy Monday Terry!! No, we don’t name them as they’re not our pets. The goal is to keep them wild, so no hugging or kissing the little cuties, lol! We do have Scout, a nonreleasable raccoon, and Baxter, a nonreleasable bobcat. They get lots of hugs (okay, well, maybe not Baxter so much, lol). Have a great day my friend!! 😀

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  6. The Happy Healthy Kiwi

    I think it was either a beaver that Zombies brother decided he was when he was a kid and spent a few months off and on living underneath the kitchen table. It’s a very cute story although now that I think about it we don’t have beavers in NZ so it was probably a wombat. But still! Your patient of the year is adorable, I had no idea beavers were so important!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Yes, that baby was adorable! They’re amazingly efficient little creatures, and so smart. He used to block the entrance to his enclosure with debris and whatnot so no one could get in. It was hilarious. We had him for the first year of his life… so his release was a bit emotional, 🙂

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