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Beatrix (a.k.a. Trixie)

Beatrix (a.k.a. Trixie)

History

On January 24, 2008, the Nevada Department of Wildlife received a call from a store at Harmon Junction, east of Fallon to report a badger was on the premises. Biologist Jenny Jeffers drove to the site to find a juvenile, 9 pound badger that appeared to have been struck by a car. Due to head injury and trauma, the animal was taken to wildlife rehabilitator Evelyn Pickles. Over the next 11 weeks she received excellent care to bring her health back for hopeful release back into the wild. As time went on, it became obvious this young badger was suffering from neurological problems which were demonstrated by lack of control over her left rear paw. There were also times when she seemed confused, although this was improving. Other than these issues, she seemed happy, content and had a good appetite. Since she was not a release candidate, Animal Ark was contacted for permanent care. The Ark’s very first badger arrived on April 11, 2008. She was named Beatrix after Beatrix Potter, the conservationist and author of Children’s books.

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Rocket, Rey and Princess Leia

Rocket, Rey and Princess Leia

History

We are delighted to formally introduce our three newest residents – meet Rocket, Rey, and Princess Leia! These three orphaned babies arrived on May 12. They were estimated to be about 8 days old when they were removed from under a mobile home. Their eyes were still closed and they required around the clock care, which included bottle feeding every few hours. Raccoons are not able to be rehabilitated in Nevada because they are considered to be high risk rabies carriers, so they cannot be returned to the wild.
The babies are now slowly being weaned from the bottle and learning to eat solid food. Visitors can see them most days from 2:00 to 3:00 in a temporary exhibit near the cheetahs. Eventually they will be moved to the raccoon enclosure in the canyon. Come meet the babies!


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