Eva first met Sophia last winter in Burlington with a starving baby rat in need of care. Without hesitation, Sophia agreed to meet late at night after her shift at the hospital to take care of this tiny creature. That female rat was released into the wild this spring.
In early June, Eva traveled to Julianna’s home in Addison to meet up with the team. She was not allowed in the various wildlife enclosures due to state regulations for wildlife rehabbers. But Eva was able to meet a few of the animals in the pair’s care: a baby opossum, a fledgling raven, multiple nests of endlessly hungry baby birds, a pair of flying squirrels, a young barred owl, a chatty crow, a baby pigeon and an active posse of baby groundhogs. These were a small representation of the 80 or so birds and mammals currently in their care.
Julianna and Sophia spend much of their time feeding these animals, cleaning up after them and preparing them for release back into the wild. And in doing so, the pair say they not only help rescue the critters, but they also encourage compassion in the bighearted humans who travel from across the state to bring them animals in distress. As one of those humans, Eva can attest to the power of their help.
Filming date: 6/3/22
Music: Eveningland, “Love Now” & “Can’t Sleep”