Thursday, October 9, 2014
Squirrels, considered by many to be a pest, are perhaps best known for their ingenuity related to the art of bird seed theft. Many a bird lover has cursed under their breath as the crafty squirrels have bested them yet again in their attempts to keep the squirrels from their bird feeders.
It's with that sort of imagery in mind that many people who talk to Lauren Georges, an RN in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at North Carolina Children's Hospital, inquire about her love of the furry rodents. She's used to the awkward conversations and explains that yes, she rescues these animals who've been injured or orphaned, and raises them to be released once again into the wild.
She does the rehabilitation work with her boyfriend, Kai Moreb, an RN on the Medicine Progressive Care Unit (MPCU) at UNC Hospitals. The two met in nursing school and have now found another passion they share besides caring for patients. When they first started they had no idea there was such a community of small mammal lovers who take in all kinds of wounded animals and nurse them back into the wild. Now they're part of a network of animal lovers who are licensed to care for wild animals.
As you watch the video, try to put away the images you have of the pests who haunt your local bird feeders and instead see the cute little creatures that get nursed back to health through the loving care of two kindred souls.