This week’s pickup had a bit more adventure in store for me than the previous ones. It
started out rather routine, with 5 apparently orphaned cottontails with their eyes barely open, a near-adult cottontail with a facial laceration, and a fledgeling robin with an injured beak. After I’d examined them and was just finishing filling out the paperwork, the Humane Society staff brought in a large plastic bucket that contained four tiny wood ducklings that were completely saturated with some sort of thick, black, tenacious oil.
They’d been found in or near a used-car area. Three of the staff and I each took one in
hand, and we proceeded to remove as much of the oil as possible with warm running water and Dove detergent, gently prying off gobs of the oil from their pinfeathers as it was loosened by the emulsifying agent and rubbing more of the detergent into the sticky mess until it was removed as much as possible. It was amazing that we were able to remove as
much of it as we were. Then, as I was again preparing to leave to deliver my charges to their caretakers, another (Mallard) duckling was brought in, that had been found alone in a parking lot, and that had been transported in a cardboard box with a tiny kitten that had also been found abandoned in the same area. A very strange, but lovely couple indeed.