News from Wild Brother
Wild Brother's Cody Hildebrand turns 73 fall of 2017
This is Quick Joey Small (Joey). He is the new addition to Wild Brothers skunk
family. He is 5 weeks old at this photos.
Kara & Spencer Hanady with their new Fennec Fox son Oliver
Oliver is six weeks old and was born on Valentines Day 2017. He will be an out reach
fox for the Spencer Park Avairy as well as their personel new family addition. Everyone is in fennec fox love
with Oliver. He has a loving and outgoing personality which draws everyone who meet
and loves him. Congradulations Jeff, Kara & Spencer on your new fennec fox Oliver., and your
Wild Brother's Double Stink Research
Wild Brother's Double Stink
Research Teams, Licensed Wild Skunk Rehabbers
(Left to Right) Kimberly Clark, Mike
Kelly and Jerri Heiob.
Wildlife Experts Tom Tyrrell and Cody Hildebrand
Wildlife Expert Dave Kortakamp
Wildlife expert Nancy Haas
Skunks are the most docile of animals on this Earth. They are very intelligent, excel at
problem solving. they are curious, always
exploring. They are even affectionate and loyal friends, wild as well as domestically bred. They are
almost defenseless, having only one piece of ammunition. They do not have fighting claws. They
have digging claws as this is their main source of food. Their legs are stubby little things that would
never outrun a carnivore or raptor, both of which eat skunks. That leaves them with only one defense,
famously. Humans do not seem to know that this spray of theirs is not deadly, nor harmful, nor does it last
forever. So, in their indomitable ignorance, they kill skunks every chance they get, on sight.
My purpose is to act as a Public Relations agent for these animals who can not speak for themselves. It
is to show people how very docile they are. How beautiful. How playful and affectionate they can
be. Therefore, I have dedicated my home and what acreage I have around my home to the care and protection of
these beautiful animals. Always, it is my intention to demystify the skunk, and get people not to fear them
on sight, but to enjoy them when ever and where ever they come upon them. And by the way, skunks like to be
sung to. Try that the next time you meet a skunk on a hike.
Wildlife Expert Dr. Susan Stainback PHD, MS.
Rescues in 2014 and Tom Tyrrells Long Horned Cattle Farm
In Other News...
On July 11th we received a call from our local Police Dept about a two car accident that also
involved A Canadian Goose. Both vehicles had extensive damage, and the Goose also did not go unscaved. The Goose
although injured was alert . It was decieded to take it to Dr. Bob Dahlhausen D.V.M.M,S. who is an Avian
Specialist. It was determined that the Goose had no broken bones, but a good bump on its head from the collision
with one or both cars.
We then transferred Her/him to a liscened Rehabber for follow up and a few days of rest and observation. Last
update was that the Goose was eating and drinking, but still a little shakey on its legs. What a beautiful bird. We
wish it the best of luck. Cody & Arn
Ripley and Fable
Hi, wanted to share pictures of our new Fennec Kids. They are brother and sister.
They are from the famouse linage of Fennec Foxes from Sheri Hanna of Exotic Endeavors of Cammarillo California.
Their names are Ripley and Fable. They are both very sweet and layed back. Our home is filled with the sounds of
baby foxes. Music to our ears. Cody & Arnold
In Memory of Moses, Ricky the Fennec Fox's best
Born August 6, 2004- Passed July 25, 2013 of kidney
failure. Moses was a beautiful Tri Colored Sheltie. He loved kids, and greeting Park guest at Hueston
Woods State Park Campground in Oxford Ohio. His outgoing ways earned him his volunteer name Tag given him
by Lori, Campground Supervisor. Moses laughed every day and brought joy to everyone who knew him.
Ricky was only a small fox kit when he and Moses first met. They became fast friends. Moses
would sit beside Ricky's stroller and guard Ricky from harm. Moses was the Sheltie Son of Pet Parents
Bobbie and Butch Cremeans formally of Millville, Ohio.
He is sadly missed by all.
Ricky the Fennec Fox
Hi everyone. Wanted to share these
pictures with you of our Ricky the Fennec Fox. Ricky had developed a problem with his Carparel Bones in his
front legs that have not healed satisfactory for him to walk properly. We had to turn to braces for added
support. The braces are left on Ricky about nine hours a day, and taken off at night. We also wrap his legs
with cast wrap befor putting on his braces. This gives him added comfort. He tolerates the braces very
well. And walks very well in them. We want to let everyone know of the possibilities of wildlife being able
to benefit from supports such as these. We also want everyone to be aware That all animals might not
tolerate bandages or braces. It depends on the animals temperment. Owners must at least try to work with
any pet to see if animal will accept aids such as these. But they really do make Ricky's quality of life
better. Braces are cat size because Ricky's legs were shorter than a small breed of dog. Braces were
obtained from Orthovet.com Cost were $67.00 each. Custom molded braces can cost between $2500.00
-$3000.00 But they carry several generic sizes that might work. Cody
Cyclone the Fennec Fox enjoys a biscuit
bone that Cody brought him.
WILD BROTHER NEWS 2013
This is Little Miss
She is so vocal
Every time she eats she lifts her back legs like this!
This Possum has Taken Up Residence
in Mom's Outdoor Cat House.
Don't Think It Has Plans To Leave Anytime Soon!
Hi. Wanted to share this with you. Sunday night I went out to feed
my fish, we have a small 4X8 pond 18 inches deep in the front of our home next to our front porch. We have a
big Bull Frog, 10 inches long, 4 inches wide, in our small pond. I noticed that something was
floating in the pond. I went over and saw that it was the Bull Frog, DEAD. I got something to remove the frog
from the water. BUT, thier was something attached to the frog. I finally found out what is was. Apparently this
big frog attacked a sparrow bird that was getting its self a drink out of the pond. It swallowed the birds head
up to its shoulders. But the mouthful of bird, choaked the frog. So they both died. I am sending you the
pictures of the frog/bird demise. Courtesy of Max, our neighbor, . Thought you would like to see this
rare picture. Although Bull Frogs will eat about anything, baby ducks ect. and now apparently birds. BEWARE OF
THE BULLFROG! We may be next.
Cody & Arnold Hildebrand ( Wild
Brother Animal Behavior Study)
WILD BROTHER NEWS 2011
HOUSE CALL Dr. Robert Dahlhausen
DVM.MS. of The Avian And Exotic Medical Center Of Ohio , makes a home visit to do a check up for Cody
and Arnold,s Fennec Fox ( Ricky). Arnolds holds Vicki Staton,s Fennec Fox Zanta, also being
Left to Right Vicki Staton and
her Fennec Fox Zanta, Dr. Robert Dahlhausen, DVM MS , Cody Hildebrand and her Fennec Fox
Ricky catches a
few ZZZZZZ, in bed with Mom.
Halloween IN OHIO STATE PARKS Cody and Arnold
Hildebrand take part in Ohio State Park,s Hueston Woods, and Eastfork,
plus Indianna,s Mounds State Parks 2011 Halloween activities. Dressed
as Billy The Exterminator employees, they gave out candy and were a big
hit with the kids Trick Or Treating while also educating park guest to
how to injoy the parks and thier wildlife.
Ricky lives the good
Greetings From Wild Brother!
Hi everyone. Skunk Research began last march with the wild skunks mating season.
Even with cold wet weather many wild skunks were out and about. On our very first night out our attention was
raised by the sound of growling and screaming. Recognizing the sounds of two skunks in the darkness, we
carefully approached the area. What was first thought to be a fight between two male skunks was actually two
skunks in the process of mating. We began filming the two despite the spraying from the small female directed
at the large male skunk with less than endearing moves. The very rough ritual was compounded by the difference
of size of the very small female in comparison to the larger male skunk. We remained on scene to insure that
the aggressive male skunk did not injure or kill the little female. After wards it was business as usual,
driving the parks nine mile perimeter and working very late into the night and early morning hours. We did film
several skunks over the weeks to come. In June through July we were once again very busy filming and observing
the new baby skunks exploring their new surroundings. We were also very busy shuttling baby skunks and other
wildlife that were either orphans or sick or injured to various licensed Rehabbers. Spring here in Ohio this
year was very wet and cold. We saw a lot of baby skunks with upper respiratory conditions. Then the weather
took a turn of very hot temperatures that affected the young animals with over heating and heat exhaustion.
Sadly both weather related extremes were the main cause of the low numbers of surviving skunk and other
wildlife births this past year. It was in our opinion, that the areas that we have researched for the past five
years were down in their skunk population as well as raccoon and opossums.
In contrast, we were contacted by a State Park in Indiana, that they were seeing a rise in their skunk
population. We did begin some research in Indiana in late August until November when we stopped regular night
outings for this year. We will return once again to Indiana in March of 2012. We managed to present a few
specials programs to the public along with our regular hosting of our City's ( Springdale's Gone Wild) Wildlife
series from March through April of 2011. We also took part in two Ohio State Parks and one Indiana State Park's
Halloween Festivities. Arnold and I dressed up as employees of Vexcon from the ( Billy The Exterminator ) TV
series. We were a hit with the trick R Treating kids in the Parks. We gave out lots of candy, and a good time
was had by all. Special assignments this summer were the filming of a mother skunk and her five babies under a
home owners porch, a family of skunks eating with the cats at a horse stable, and while on over night research
in Hueston Woods at our Base Camp, we had a skunk come and visit us while sitting at the camp fire. The skunk
was soon joined by a mother Raccoon and her babies. We filmed them all eating closely together. One young
raccoon boldly sniffed the skunks butt. Happily all of us enjoyed the remainder of the campfire's warmth ,the
skunk and raccoons retiring to the darkness of the forest. And us to our tent for a welcomed rest. From the two
of us here at Wild Brother, have a very Merry Christmas and the best to all of you in the New Year, Cody &
Arnold Hildebrand .
Wild Brother's Cody Hildebrand meets with Billy the Exterminator of the A&E Network recently.
Billy the Exterminator's program is Ricky the Fennec Fox's favorite show.
Seasons Greetings from Wild Brother