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Dr. Wildlife by Rory C. Foster

Dr. Wildlife

by Rory C. Foster

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This short book is about a vet who set up the first hospital and rehabilitation center specifically for wildlife, in Wisconsin during the 1980s. It all started when a fawn was struck by a car and someone brought it to the animal hospital. Up until then Dr. Foster had only treated the usual dogs, cats and other pets, but he was willing to help out this injured wild creature. Foster and his wife raised the fawn in their house, eventually setting it free to live in the wild. More and more people began bringing him injured or orphaned wildlife, until he realized he had more wild animals occupying cages in his hospital than pets, and would have to either give up treating them or build a separate suite just for their care. He did so, as a non-profit, dedicated to helping wild animals free of charge.

Surprisingly, his efforts to fund and build the Northwoods Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Center were met with a lot of opposition from the local community, including the forestry department whose job it was to manage wildlife. He also had to deal with the issue of local roadside zoos, who existence he was adamantly opposed to.

I enjoyed as always, the stories about the animals themselves. The writing is easygoing and some of the tales are pretty funny. Many of Foster's patients were deer, orphaned or struck by cars. He also treated a lot of birds injured in one way or another- eagles, owls, herons, even an osprey. Some of the other animals he cared for included a porcupine, a white arctic wolf, and an infant otter. Overall, this was a good, quick read. The man was very passionate about his work and had a good sense of humor as well, both of which shine through the pages.

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To my fishing partners,
Ali, Michael, and Rori Elizabeth--

But, most of all,
to my best friend, Linda.
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