It was an exciting weekend at the Cabin in the Forest. I was enlisted to photograph a fox being released back into the wild, and on the way back home, I was blessed with multiple Bald Eagles on the highway.
As I was pulling off the road, I just missed the fawn carcass that was keeping the bald eagle’s attention. Eager to photograph the majestic birds I quickly dismissed the poor, dead, fawn. As I was getting out of the car, the wild life rehabber that was riding with me asked “do you have any hand sanitizer?”
I replied “I usually do, but I don’t today. Why do you ask?”
But I answered too late. She was out the door of the truck picking up a glove she found on the side of the road. She used the worn-out glove along with a napkin she picked up on the truck dash to cover her hands as she grasped the fawn and pulled it off of the gravel shoulder farther into the ditch,
being careful not to leave it on someone’s manicured lawn.
You see, she has seen many Bald Eagles wind up in wildlife rehabilitation because they are either hit by cars while they are feeding on the carrion, or hit by cars during a slow ascent after stuffing themselves feeding on carrion.
It was a good reminder to me, that when I have a chance and if I can safely do so, to move road kill to a safer place for our wildlife to feed.
To see the fox release, and more of the Bald Eagles. visit www.cabinintheforest.com