Thursday, April 30, 2009

You're Invited to a Baby Shower!

(Good friend free-lance writer extraordinaire Maria Sonnenberg is today's Guest Blogger. The photo of a baby otter is from the Florida Wildlife Hospital. Many thanks to both, as well as to the Palm Shores folks for throwing the party.)
Otters, even the infant variety, sport an enviable savoir faire. They look cool and cute no matter what they do…and they know it.
Three tot versions of these furry Slinkies are currently residing at Florida Wildlife Hospital, part of the influx of wildlife babies that arrive each year as sure as Spring breezes. The hospital staff will be playing Mother Otter to the three little guys until August or September, when the trio will be ready to face the big wide world on their own. Among the other baby residents taxing the hospital’s very limited resources are a fawn that ran afoul of a fence, a not-so-big great horned owl that fell from its nest and was deserted by its parents, and a host of squirrels, songbirds, squirrels, rabbits, possums and did I mention squirrels?

All these little critters need plenty of love and care, as well as lots of expensive food. To help the hospital with the baby influx, the Town of Palm Shores annually hosts a Wild Baby Shower. This year, the baby shower is more important than ever, for the nonprofit, like all other charities, has seen a drop in donations.

The Baby Shower is a family event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at the Palm Shores town hall, located at 5030 Paul Hurtt Lane, ½ mile south of the Pineda Causeway on the west side of U.S. 1. The laidback affair features games, prizes, food, book and bake sale and a visit from the hospital’s ambassador owls.
The hospital welcomes gifts for the wild babies or---even better---a donation for special formulas and medications that they purchase at special prices. To see the hospital’s current wish list, visit For more information, call 254-8843.
(P.S. Jim wants to title the photo - Is this 2% or whole?)


Cactus Jack Splash said...

What a cute critter. Hope all the babies do well

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Amanda said...

You can not get any cuter than that.

Island Rider said...

I love otters.