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Hi Gang,

It’s me. Peewee!
Did you know that our ranch works

To rescue wildlife?

Read what we did this year



Our Holidays are never dull, especially that year.

After our experience with Barney the Barred Owl ( you think all would go quietly on the Ranch.  Well it did until July 4th, our Country’s Independence Day.

Pat had just started a tour of the Ranch when the telephone rang.  A lady who had read the newspaper stories about Barney had this unknown type of bird sitting on the driveway at her neighbor’s house and it hadn’t moved for a long time but it appeared alert.  She asked for help.

Pat called in George and our helper Aurora from the outside work and they hurried into town to see if the bird could be helped and this is what they found:


This little Western Grebe was hurt and was frying on the driveway.  George had Aurora approach the Grebe from the front while he came in from the back and he quickly caught it after a few short hops into the grass, and the Grebe was put into a padded box.

Being a major holiday we could find no one to help the grebe-who was bleeding and very stressed.  Aurora’s family was gathering for the holiday and expecting her, and without being able to reach any veterinarian even on the emergency phone numbers, George took the Grebe he nicknamed “Indy”, because of the special nature of the day, and had Aurora hold the Grebe in the box while he drove it to Garrison Minnesota and the care and attention of Dr. Debbie Eskedahl and the “Wild and Free” Wildlife Rehabilitation Program.  Dr. Debi was out of reach of her cell phone at a parade, but a technician was at the hospital feeding the animals and agreed to wait for Indy.  En route Dr. Debi called and said she would hurry back from the parade to take care of Indy. 

Our team dropped Indy off and it was clear he had trauma wounds and lacerations, he was severely dehydrated and might have been shot also. Dr. Debi sent our team home.

That night Dr. Debi called and confirmed the diagnosis.  Indy was getting stitched up and fixed up.  Also Dr. Debi said Grebe’s can’t be kept for long so as soon as he was ready for release he needed to be put back into the wetlands.

Dr, Debi called the next day to tell us how Indy was doing.  She asked if we would like to release Indy back into our lake, and we were really happy.  She said he would be ready Monday morning.

Pat picked Indy up from the Wild & Free  program and brought him back to the Ranch.

It was decided that because Aurora got into a lot of trouble with her mother over missing a part of the July 4th celebration and because Aurora has only one eye and is 20/150 in the other, she would get the honors of releasing Indy.

Indy came back to us in a cardboard transfer box.  One thing about Grebes—they eat lots of minnows.  His box was full of poop that smelled like dead fish—oooooo.

image006    Pat & Aurora carefully took Indy out    image006

Indy let go a long poop stream and almost hit Aurora’s foot.

Aurora walked Indy into the lake, and released him but not until he totally splashed her

image010   Indy tried to bite her and splash her   image012

Then Indy quickly cruised away into the reeds,


About 20 feet away he turned, raised the crown on the top of his head and stared

with those beady red eyes directly at George,

And another wild creature was returned to freedom by our Ranch



Indy found freedom and was returned to the wild on July 8, 2002 onto Lake BelleTaine in Nevis

What a cool year it had been!

Click here for Barney’s story




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See Ya soon!



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Peewee's Fall Story

Peewee's October Story

Peewee's Quiz

Peewee's Puppy Visits Minneapolis

Peewee is part of the Family of Ratites

Pictures of Peewee's Emu Family

Peewee's Crossword Puzzle-Young Kids

Peewee's Crossword Puzzle-Older Kids

Help Peewee Get Home

Peewee's Word Puzzles for Kids

Independence Day At The Ranch

Returning Barney to the Wild

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