This is Lolo, a silver phased red fox. Lolo is another unwanted wildlife "pet" who was also raised on a fur farm.
Jamie the Fox
Jamie came to ONE in the Summer of 2012 from another rehabilitation center in Ohio. Jamie was confiscated by the Ohio Department of Wildlife as an illegal pet. Due to her becoming accustomed to humans, she cannot be released back into the wild.
Marselle, Mike, Jess and Stu the Opossums
Marselle's mother was hit by a car while Marselle was in her pouch. As a result, Marselle suffered permanent damage, making her a poor candidate for release.
Amelia and Houdini the Flying Squirrels
Amelia is a southern flying squirrel who came to us from a wildlife rehabilitator. She was orphaned when a cat attacked her mom and litter mates. She came to us at four weeks of age when her eyes were still closed. Amelia required mammal formula feedings via syringe four to five times per day. Now she is feasting on seeds, fruits, nuts and vegetables. Houdini, named for his great skill as an escape artist, is a male southern flying squirrel. With the purchase of a new cage, Ohio Nature Education has been able to keep Houdini under wraps. He was left on a wildlife rehabilitator's doorstep with an anonymous note asking the rehabilitator to care for their "pet." Unfortunately, as is true with all wild animals, Houdini was unsuitable to be a pet, however, because humans raised him, he is also unsuited to life in the wild. Both Amelia and Houdini live with six other flying squirrels.
Carrot, Kale, Nugget, and Flower the Striped Skunks
Orphaned at a young age and kept too long by someone with good intentions, these skunks were too "habituated" to humans to be released back into the wild.
Echo and Radar the Big Brown Bats
Echo and Radar are two male Big Brown Bats that were donated to us from the Bat Lab at OSU run by Dr. Mitch Masters. Radar is permanently injured and Echo was orphaned at a very young age.
Luna the Big Brown Bat
Luna is a female Big Brown Bat who found her way to Ohio Nature Education in the spring of 1998. Only two days old, she was discovered by a wildlife rehabilitator in Licking County, Ohio. It appeared she had fallen off of her mother. Her eyes were still closed and she was covered with peach fuzz-like fur, not to mention her umbilical cord was still attached. She was raised by one of the ONE staff who has the appropriate training and permits to raise orphaned bats. Though Luna is able to fly, she is not releasable. Wild bats are taught by their mothers to "echolocate," or find hibernicula (places to hibernate). Luna does not have this vital training, however she serves as an important ambassador because she teaches people that bats are amazing, highly beneficial creatures.