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Lorita is a 45 year old Mealy Amazon that was donated to Minae (Costa Rican Fish and Wildlife) because she was so noisy. That fact is true! She loves to sing and scream.
She came in a horrible small cage with metal perches and had no feathers on her chest and her feet were completely black from the metal perch. I asked about her history and she had spent 15 years with one lady in the same cage and another 15 years with the current owner who finally donated her. She never left the cage that is about 15 inches in diameter. We changed her diet to include fruit, and vegetables, pellets and bought her a new large cage and gave her tons of baths. Within months her feathers came back and she started to look really good. The problem with Lorita was that she was completely cage bound. She would not come out of the cage at all.
After a year of opening the door and encouraging her and finally toweling her and putting her out she managed to come out and explore her new world. She now cannot wait to come out and sit on top of her cage and flap her wings and even take grand rain baths. She had to learn to move and stretch and play with toys as well.
Rainbow, a young scarlet macaw, was dropped off here with “a bad foot.” She had been flying around a community and some good folks managed to catch her and turn her into Minae, who asked us to care for her. The foot was completely floating around, unable to be used at all. It looked really serious, so we took her over to the experts at the National University School of Veterinary Medicine. After waiting all day to be seen, they took x-rays and her femur, which was completely broken, so they operated and put in a pin. She had the pin in for a month. The vet was nervous and said she was very skinny and not in the best of shape to have such an intense surgery, but there was no other choice. The leg had been broken for several days.
We came home and waited all day for them to call with news. They were nervous, we were nervous, and they did not call. That afternoon we were talking about her and this beautiful rainbow appeared on the mountains behind our house, so Jorge named her Rainbow. I finally received a call at 7:30 p.m. that night, the surgery had gone well and she was awake and ready to come home, so Leslie loaded Magic, our huge Doberman in the car and drove down to the school, and picked up Rainbow.
When Leslie got home, our good friends Carol and Daniel were here to help. They had a great dinner waiting. It was so nice, and by then we were all tired and the homemade pizza dinner was great!
Two little ones hatched, here is the father feeding one of them. This is a huge boost to our program, everything we are learning about breeding, the nest logs, diets, duration of babies in the nest etc. We are applying to the larger toucans to hopefully be successful in breeding the Keel billed toucans for eventual release.
Sarapiqui, our beautiful spectacled-owl arrived from Minae with a severely broken wing and a head injury from being hit by a truck on a busy highway, the Braulio Carrillo that cuts through the rain forest. She had a collapsed wing, and was completely unresponsive for several days upon her arrival.
After consulting with great friends in the states who take care of owls, and the local vets here we devised a treatment plan and she has been slowly recovering. Her wing is fractured in two different places and the possibility for release at this point is slim, however she has regained her strength. We battled a bone infection among other traumas.
Fortunately she and Leslie get along great and she actually lets Leslie care for her and is calm around her, so this makes life for us both much more pleasant. It’s an honor to be in her presence. However large owls weigh around two lbs. (she weighs 950 grams) and eat large rodents, so we buy white rats for her, which she enjoys. Costs for Sarapiqui’s maintenance is about $2.00 per day, so contributions to the Owl Fund are greatly appreciated.
Athena, our striped owl, was a large ball of fluff when she came in to our program. A group of boys who rescued her from their neighborhood dogs. Striped owls nest on the ground, or close to the ground, so she might of just wondered away from the nest and found herself in a mess. Leslie hand fed her for a couple of months and she is very tame and interested in her surroundings. She unfortunately was not able to learn to hunt since she has been in captivity from a young age.
A couple of months ago we were having horrible hurricane winds and the roof of her enclosure whet flying off into the bushes, she startled and flew away. For an entire week we put food out every night, we’d call her and she did not appear. Then on the eighth day at 2 a.m., Leslie heard the chickens making a noise and told Jorge to go check on them…and he came over to our bedroom window and said “Les, you better get up and come out here, there is a large owl sleeping with the chickens!” Of course it was Athena: she had found her way home and entered the only cage that was open! We were glad to see each other and she is happy to be home. Now, Athena has had owlets of her own. Follow the story on our Facebook page.
We have successfully released the baby Striped owlets that were born here, and they have come back to visit, so that is really fun to be out at night and hear them calling!
Millie and Milo Hoffman’s Two Toed Sloths
Millie arrived late one afternoon two years ago as a tiny one-week old baby. Her mother had died, she was found by park rangers. When they dropped her of,f it was with a special warning, “don’t get too attached to her since she will probably die.” Well, that made us very nervous. Then talking with others, they had the same warning, “sloths are very hard to take care of, she will probably die.” Well, one thing lead to another and we found a great sloth vet who comes to visit. We set up a very intricate plan for Millie and two years later, and many, many sleepless nights (they‘re nocturnal) I’m happy to report that Millie is doing great. Short for Milagro, Miracle, Millie is now the subject of a book we’ve published; “Millie, the two-toed sloth: A Costa Rican rescue adventure.” Millie has a huge fan base and is popular on YouTube as well, just look up Millie the Sloth and you can see a few videos of her.
One year later, along came Milo. With Milo, we were now better prepared, and it was a good thing we were! Milo came to us extremely ill, his mother passed away at the vets office from complicated ailments, which she had passed on to a starving, dehydrated baby. After several days in intensive care at the vet and intensive 24-hour care here, I am glad to say baby Milo is thriving. Just take a look at his arrival photo and his portrait now. You can see Milo eating leaves on Youtube.
Millie and Milo will be permanent residents here, and are not candidates for release since they came into our program so young. Consider adopting one or both of our beautiful sloths to assist with vet care, and the tons of veggies these two eat!
Millie is 6 years old!!
Meet Cooper! Tiny three toed sloth that came into The Toucan Rescue Ranch in August! My mother and niece were waiting for me at the airport while I was receiving and caring for Cooper! He had lots of babysitters his first few days, which was a good thing, he needed the warmth and care.
Meet River Otter Emma, who came to us as a tiny baby from the Sarapiqui River. She was involved in an incident of children on vacation swimming in the river who decided to throw rocks and separate her from her family. Very sad. Fortunately another lady who came to the river with her children realized what was happening, scolded the children and tried to get the baby otter to go back into the river and she would not swim away. So the lady stuck Emma in her purse and took her to the wildlife official who then drove over the mountains in the pouring down rain on a Saturday night to deliver her to our care. After a rocky start she is thriving!
Meet Armandillo!! He is a baby 9 banded armadillo that was saved from a severe dog attack. The first time I have raised an armadillo and I am learning all kinds of interesting facts about them!! His shell is still not hard, and is drinking a great formula that we make up daily for him…so cute!
Little Armandito the Armadillo grew up! was hunting bugs in the dirt on his own, so we released him right here on the property. Although I have not seen him, I have found holes in the ground from an armadillo scouting for food.