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Updated: 04/10/2014 08:00:00AM

I’m not in prison yet

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By Robin Jenkins, DVM

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I love my life! In an alternate reality I am sitting in a prison cell somewhere for doing the exact same things I get away with here. For those of you who have never met me, I have a very short attention span and an even shorter temper. On one hand I hate doing the same thing over and over, but on the other hand, the routine tasks I do perform are completed in exactly the same way each time. I get impatient when I have to answer the same question again and again. But I fold towels so that the folds and openings are pointed in the same direction and no matter what size the towels are, their folded dimensions are all the same. I prefer to have my supplies lined up in such a way as to be able to open any drawer or cabinet, reach in without even looking, and pull out the precise item I need.

This dichotomy serves me well here at Peace River Wildlife Center. One minute I may be answering phones, “Yes, that is perfectly normal behavior for a red-shouldered hawk to sit on a car hood and pick at the windshield wipers…” “No, you cannot keep that adorable baby raccoon as a pet. It will neither remain a baby nor adorable…” “Believe it or not, oatmeal and cow’s milk is NOT an appropriate diet for a baby mockingbird…” And suddenly (luckily) I am called away to attend to an emergency in the hospital. Or write an SOP for the BOD. (Our Board of Directors is endeavoring to update all of our Standard Operating Procedures and other working documents. Scintillating stuff!) Or drive to Englewood to re-nest a great horned owlet. My favorite part is that I never know what the day will bring.

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