I was wiping tears from my eyes while watching the video.
Isabelle Paquat-Durand is an amazing veterinarian, and the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic
is richly deserving of the HESKA award.
here's the incredible tale behind the video above:Wildlife Conservation and Medicine in Belize
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2011
This story starts with an email from Nikki from Belize Bird Rescue, with a picture of a bird attached. Itís a juvenile raptor. And to my embarrassment I must admit, upon first very quick glance at this photo, I shrugged my shoulders and thought, "Oh another Roadside Hawk" (a very common small raptor, indeed often seen on roadsides in Belize). A minute later my phone rang. It was Nikki, sounding somewhat anxious, telling me she just received this raptor in a rice bag. The raptor was supposedly stealing a farmerís chicken. The farmer had shot the raptor and the farmerís neighbor had brought it to Nikki in the back of a pickup. Once out of the bag, it was big and feisty, and Nikki asked if I couldnít come NOW to examine, check and hopefully release the raptor again. She was NOT handling this one by herself! So I relooked at the picture and finally computed the size of Nikkiís cage, which I knew, with the size of this bird, nearly filled the cage. Ooops! So we wondered what it would be. Bird identification is like a common "game" for us. We are not (and maybe never will be) experts at identifying birds. But we know experts and we network. And of course we have books and we try to identify them ourselves. So still on the phone, Nikki suggested "it really looks like a solitary eagle." And I laughed out, and actually made fun of her over the phone.A solitary eagle is within the rarest, least known and most endangered raptors in the world
. At this time there is only one known nest in all its range. I donít think there has ever been a rescue of one, at least not reported. So we both shared the pictures with our bird experts, and once I got to Bird Rescue, and saw this animal for myself for the first time, I was amazed by its large size.http://wildlife-conservation-belize.blog...y.html?spref=fb
whoa... the baby bird has a 69 INCH wing-span !!
here's a message from Miss Nikki about the HESKA AWARD:
The Annual Heska Competition short-list has been advertised. And guess what? Our Wildlife Vet Isabelle Paquet-Durand has taken Belize into the final 5 for this life-changing competition
. The proposal with the most public votes will win $25kUS. Please, please click on the link below and vote for the Belize Wildlife Hospital and Referral Clinic
Your vote could make the world of difference to each and every bird and animal in Belize - domestic or wild, pets or livestock. Many animals die in Belize for want of basic equipment such as an x-ray, anaesthesia or ultrasound
. We need this lack of facilities to be a thing of the past.
This is the real deal. Your vote WILL count
. And then copy, paste, email and share, share, share with everyone you know.
Winners will be announced December 20th - so please vote now (They only ask for your to input your name and an email address - and make sure you click the two boxes 'I am a US citizen' and 'I am over 18' or your vote won't count)http://www.heska.com/Inspiration-Wall.aspxVOTING ENDS soon, so please go VOTE!