January 7th 2001 I received a call from Stacy and John Jorgensen,
of Queen Valley. As John walked their dog, they came upon and
scared off a coyote in the act of killing a Jackrabbit. When John
approached the fatally injured animal, he noticed the stomach
was "moving". This was a very pregnant female and the babies were
about to be born! Whether the coyote caught her because she was
slowed by her condition or was in the process of giving birth
will never be known. But what we do know is that John acted quickly
and compassionately, and became a mid-wife to wildlife!
to clear away the sac from the first two leverets (baby jacks)
as they emerged, dried and kept them wrapped in his shirt. But
the doe (female) was dying quickly and there were still unborn
inside. So he performed a "C-Section"! The third leveret had
some fluid in its lungs when they arrived here only five hours
later. I was able to clear it and warm the little ones in preparation
for their first meal. The doe died before they could nurse.
But due to the Jorgensens' incredible concern and prompt action,
there are now three healthy jackrabbits that will soon take
their place in the wild.
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