Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Starfish Story

One of my favorite inspirational stories. It exemplifies the way I feel about working with the wildlife cases.

We get a large number of wildlife cases and are always eager to provide the medical care, then turn them over to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for care until they can be released back into the wild. There are some kind, humane people out there who cannot walk past injured wildlife or pretend not to see them. They make the effort to seek care in an effort to save these poor unfortunates. The licensed rehabilitators make it their life's work to help these animals recover so they can be returned to the wild. Some cases are too far gone or have severe injuries which preclude them ever to recover well enough to lead a normal life and unfortunately they may need to be euthanized. But I feel it is always worth giving them a chance and I applaud the rehabilitators we work with as well as the kind hearted people who go out of their way to help these animals in need making the effort to bring them to us or the rehabilitators. Yes, it may be a daunting task, but it is truly fulfilling when you do make a difference and save one of these animals. I know we and the people we work with will always be dedicated to that goal.

The Starfish Story
(Original Story by: Loren Eisley)

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?"

The youth replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean.
The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them back, they'll die."

"Son," the man said, "don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can't make a difference!"

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said,
"I made a difference for that one."

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