on our list of "ready to go" critters was a mink. This
little guy came to us through the Animal Rescue League in Berks
County. Someone had dropped him off there and had left no history so
we don’t know his story. He appeared to have been hit by a vehicle,
suffered a concussion, several scrapes and cuts and was extremely
hypoglycemic. He recovered slowly and gained weight throughout the
winter. He grew rapidly while dining on trout (from S&A Trout
Pond) and mice, part his natural foods in the wild.
For his release (and the next few group of animals we will be
presenting, we looked to Jude Gaydos, a wonderfully talented dentist
in Schuylkill Haven. Besides his skills at repairing the enamal, he
is also an advid outdoorsman who recently acquired many ares of
rustic land near Hawk Mountain. He helped us find release spots for
the mink as well as prepared sites for a few other species.
We were a bit nervous about releasing the mink, for although he had
come to us as an alder juvenile and was never handled more than was
urgently necessary in the beginning of his treatment, this mink had
become quite accustomed to the daily routine of care and never showed
agression to us. I feared he would follow us away fromt he release
site or wouldn’t leave at all. That fear was immediately abandoned
the moment he left the carrier, as you will see.