Every once in a while, our Gamekeeper will bring in injured animals to nourish them back to health. Recently, he brought in a rescue leopard gecko found at a park. When this little guy was found, he couldn’t see, hear very well or move his mouth – let alone eat. Within just five hours, we’ve been able to help it gain energy to move freely, open it’s eyes and clean up its mouth, letting it get the nutrients it needs.
We kept an eye on this frail animal, taking time to get him cleaned up, comfortable in a safe habitat and connected to all those that helped. Learn more about any animals by speaking with our Gamekeeper during our in person Animal Shows!
Within the Museum walls, we have numerous animals to share and educate others with. Most of these creatures are in fact rescues! Sally, our box turtle, rescued from their previous owner that drilled holes into her shell. Cookie, our green iguana, rescued after getting her tail smashed and finger ripped off. We’ve now adopted this sick leopard gecko, which we later named Taki, and have taken his situation as an opportunity to educate others on animal health and how to care for them. Not only have we done this with our Animal Care Team, but have created videos and other resources for our staff and volunteers to have on hand. Including the importance of animals’ healthy diet, their habits and how to look for signs of illness is a wonderful skill to have with any animals you may have. With this information, we are able to better understand and care for our Animal Ambassadors here at the Hutchings Museum Institute and many others!