Nature never ceases to surprise me.
As veterinary students in the Wildlife Medical Clinic and on an exotics/wildlife "track", we are often taught that albino animals typically don't grow to adulthood. When these animals lack their species' natural camouflage, they become beacons to predators. Once in a while, they do surprise us, as with this "teenager" who's old enough to have been independent of her mom for some time. Many natural predators of the groundhog have been pushed out of suburban central Illinois, likely allowing this young herbivore/insectivore to survive despite the coat color.
The reason she was brought in was due to some neurological signs- circling in one direction, ataxic, etc. These symptoms can be due to blunt force trauma, parasites, toxins, general brain swelling or skull edema, and more. Volunteers' top differential is a baylisascaris infection. Balisascarids are a prolific roundworm that, once larvae have invaded the bloodstream, target the central nervous system and other organs. While there is not a treatment for the migrating larvae once damage has been done, supportive care and wormers can prevent further infection. Volunteers will continue to monitor over the next several days.
WaucondaFest is in full swing! Love seeing the creative ways people capture the action. Fantastic photo Elena! Let's see some more creative shots tonight. Tag your fest pics #explorewauconda !
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Let's all take a second to shimmy and wiggle! We were presented with a Certificate of Excellence from @tripadvisor !
The Certificate of Excellence is given to businesses that have consistent great reviews and positive feedback from the traveling community.
We already know we're one our "A-Game", you all let us know everyday we're on our "A-Game", now EVERYONE can know the "A-Game" we have brought!!!
❤️💛💚💜💙 #Repost @adventuresofmyown
Happy Pride weekend from @davidstea on southport! (: loving my new co-workers who are unconditionally supportive. Shout out to @pencilpad for the creative skills. #dtpride