BY JANIS GEYER SHULL –
American Artisans will be hosting a dinner on Saturday, May 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. to benefit the Arkansas Native Plant and Wildlife Center, directed by Tommy Young, Master Falconer and Animal Rehabilitator. Guests can enjoy a delicious meal for $15 while providing much-needed support for the Wildlife Center.
Spring and summer are the busiest times of year at the Wildlife Center. Orphaned and injured animals are being brought to the center daily. The cost of feeding them exceeds $100 per day. At the present time the center has 6 fawns, 10 foxes, 16 rabbits, 10 raccoons, 7 owls and various other birds. Young says the numbers will double every two weeks till the end of summer.
One of the newest additions is an eight-week-old orphaned otter, which was found by a woman in northwest Arkansas when she went to her mailbox. As she was getting her mail, the baby otter approached her. A short distance away she saw its mother and sibling lying dead in the road. Young drove to Rogers, picked up the orphaned otter and is now caring for it. The otter must be fed three large fish daily and eventually taught to catch its own fish before it can be released back into the wild.
Young will be attending the dinner at American Artisans and will be sharing some of his animal experiences.