In July 2003 a baby Flying Lemur found became quite active after Sunset
and its way to our Kathu house. In the after- was released at 0130AM in a
jungle noon, the exotic nocturnal mammal was banana patch near it's family,
improving sleepy and lethargic, but the Colugo the odds of a successful
This guy flew into a Phuket Town win- headache. Rehabbing this exotic
snake- dow, resulting in CNS damage. The eater was a real treat, but on Day
5 we Vet and I were skeptical and Day 2 released a healthy bird. First
flight was looked bad, but it was just a 3-Day. 300 meters to another
Althea and Howard Cant brought us a baby Fish Owl that fell from its nest
one day to early, so we fattened up the owl until it could fly. The baby was
the same species as Brownie, the successful 2000 broken wing rehabilitation
(left). Since we knew the infant's tree, the evening release was Magic - a
rare moment of great joy when the excited infant realized it was actually
going home to its family.
Buzzards migrate to and through Thailand in the
winter, so it was no surprise when I got a call in early January, 2003 that
a sickly hawk-bird was laying on the ground fighting off dogs at Ya Nui
Beach. I got her to box it and bring it to me, and now we had a buzzard.
BABY, THE WHITE BELLY SEA EAGLE
On a scalding hot March day, my animal protection network summoned me to
the Koh Saray shipyard where I found a sheet of tin roofing sitting in the
open sun on a six-inch ring of chicken wire. The tin was to hot to touch, so
I flipped it off with a stick; sure enough, a brown baby eagle was flattened
on the dirt to escape touching the hot tin. The book might say that eagles
don't sweat, but this two-month old baby's feathers were wet with sweat. It
was obviously weak, unable to move, let alone stand.
The baby had a long journey before it becomes a majestic adult like our
mascot Matilda, the Hook-Beaked sea Eagle displaying her fully-grown colors
just meters over Sin Daam Rong. White Belly Sea Eagles live 30 years and
take five years for the adults striking full coloration to develop. Until
then, infant and juvenile eagles display a camouflage brown color mix so
they blend into terrestrial surroundings. Fully-fledged sea hunters display
a white belly with dark after wings.
Two Thai's ran through the rubber next to my jungle home,
looking to the treetops. I thought they were squirrel hunting and yelled at
them to stop hunting, but then saw they had no gun. I found it a bit strange
and forgot it.
A month later, the neighborhood lush saw a white belly in the rubber trees
and shot it with a slingshot, then put it on display in front of his house
with an asking price of B2,000 (US$55). The bird's left wing joint was
damaged by the slingshot, but would repair naturally. The real damage was
the severely cropped tertiaries, feathers that give the eagle lift and
"You have the potential to transform even the worst
into the greatest opportunity."