Thursday, March 3, 2011

Meet Flower

There is a new addition to the family at Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center! A neonatal kitten was found near the Ohlone Humane Society Wildlife Rehab Center, abandoned and crying, this weekend. The director there has his hands full with wildlife and did his best, feeding her skunk milk replacement every 2 hours, until he was able to get the word out. A client here, Lauren Kawakami, contacted Dr. Ikezawa to see if she may know anyone who could help and Dr. Ikezawa decided to lend a helping hand. 
The kitten, who we have named Flower (after the skunk in the movie, Bambi) weighs 119 grams today and is about 5 days old. She still has her umbilicus attached, eats about every 2-3 hours from a bottle, and her eyes and ears are still closed. She goes everywhere with her adoptive mother for now, stumbles around but doesn't really walk, can't thermoregulate on her own, but can already meow and purr. She eats slightly less than a teaspoon per feeding. 
We'll be tracking her development here, so keep following along for updates! You can also check out more pictures of Flower on our Facebook page:

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