There have been so many success stories, in our 18 years of operation, it is hard to know where to start. Each one of our "residents", having been spared almost certain death due to starvation or predation, thanks to our efforts, is a success story itself. Over the years, many of them have gone to loving and qualified homes to live out their lives.
We would like to share a very unusual success story that happened a few years ago, and is with us to this very day. In the summer of 2003, a very young, injured crow was found hiding in one of the open duck pens. Carol Chrysong, our director, got it vet care and gradually nursed it back to health. After about 5 or 6 weeks, and having fully recovered, it flew up into one of the big pine trees on the property,as hoped for, and has remained a local "free" resident ever since. He, "Merlin," is daily seen with his family roosting in the trees on the property. Numerous times we have witnessed his group chasing off hawks that come too close. We have never had a bird lost to hawk predation. True story.
"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical, concept of animals....
We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far beIow ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err...
In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifts with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethern, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of earth."