Misu is a River Otter of renown at the Hawk Creek Wildlife Center in East Aurora, Erie County, NY. Misu is delighted; despite being behind bars, she is one active, funny gal, full of curiosity & as rambunctious as any otter anywhere, even though she is missing one leg & wouldn’t be likely to make it in the wild. Like many other injured animals, Misu found her way to Hawk Creek thanks to some helpful humans, & she will live out her active life there. She was caught in a leg-hold trap during her first year of life in 1997, went through five operations at the University of Iowa veterinary school, had the one leg & some of her teeth removed, & became a resident at Hawk Creek the following year. She has spent 12 of her 13 years there, & she does not appear to be slowing down. Hawk Creek is a top-notch rescue sanctuary located about a half-hour from our house. It serves many kinds of animals from birds of prey to a few large carnivores, domestic fowl, reptiles & others who cannot fend for themselves, along with a constantly revolving door of restorable animals who are released to the wild on a regular basis. Hawk Creek is not open to the public, but they do have several open house days during the year, including a general visiting day or two (on one of which I took this pic of Misu), a two-weekend Renaissance Fair in July, & a photography day in August. I am a member, & as their insurance costs rise & their workload increases, they can use all the help they can get!
More about Hawk Creek can be seen here .
A personal experience with Hawk Creek’s work was had via this chap .