Monday, June 4, 2012


Where do you go to take photos of wildlife (besides sitting in a blind for hours on end)?  I have been to dozens of zoos, have discovered people with exotic pets, and there are exotic animal parks in every state.  I was excited to visit this wildlife rescue farm, who take care of injured and orphaned creatures in Missouri, and eventually return them back into the wild.
These are by no means domesticated creatures...they are recovering from broken wings, poor treatment, and abandonment.  I was able to photograph them from fairly close up without disturbing them too much, though this owl was really upset by the crowd of people visiting, and making loud clacking noises!
The wonderful couple who have been caring for these creatures for over 50 years, get no payment and very little help for the expenses of food and medical supplies.  If you would like to contribute to them, just contact them through the info on the business card at the top of the page.

Some of the creatures will never be able to return to the wild.  This owl had contracted West Nile Virus, and it affected its' brain...most of the time it was confused, and very docile.  Not a good sign, as most captured creatures are aggressive.  The owners of the refuge were such loving and interesting people, and artists as well! 

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