Odette sits with Dora, who arrived at @fdoccuracao
with a complicated wing fracture. Wildlife rehabilitation is a process that involves safely capturing, examining, diagnosing, and treating the animals using proper veterinary and hospital care, feeding, physical therapy, exercise, medicating, and a pre-release conditioning program. Releasing must be carefully planned so that it occurs not only when the animal is ready, but also in the right habitat, location, season, and even weather. ⠀
Because her wing fracture never fully recovered, Odette was not able to release Dora back into the wild but didn’t want to euthanise the otherwise healthy animal. Therefore Dora became part of a group of animals that receives permanent care at FDOC's sanctuary. She's now part of Flamingo Bob's possy and hangs out with him in their private pool.
Unfortunately things do not always end this well. Today FDOC lost Pancho the pelican, one of their special animal ambassadors. I never got the chance to meet him but I know he meant a lot to Odette and therefore he'll be truly missed. Odette stay strong! ⠀
Support Flamingo Bob and FDOC by pre-ordering MEET BOB; a unique book about a spokesbird for environmental awareness. MEET BOB is available for pre-order at igg.me/at/meetbob (or follow the link in my bio). All revenues of this book proceed to the conservation and education work of FDOC.⠀
Bob is a Caribbean flamingo, from the island of Curaçao. His life took a dramatic turn when he flew into a hotel window, leaving him severely concussed. He was cared for by my cousin, Odette @vetdoest
, a local vet who also runs a wildlife rehabilitation centre and conservation charity – the Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC) @fdoccuracao
. Existing disabilities meant Bob couldn’t be released, but instead he became ambassador for FDOC, which educates locals about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.⠀