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Those who love their pets tend to enjoy all animals. Our animal owners are no different. Check in on News-Herald staffers Robin Palmer and Cheryl Sadler as they share their own animal tales and announce upcoming events in Lake and Geauga counties.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sweetness from the ashes of the Jesusita wildfire

Who says we can't all get along?

Today I received an e-mail forward from my cousin Eddie. Reporter at heart, I instantly doubted the story behind the picture - but what if? I did a little research.

Alas, it was true: Both fuzzy babes in the shot were rescued and united by Julia Di Sieno and her Animal Rescue Team, the nonprofit organization inundated with animal rescues after the May wildfire near Santa Barbara, California.

According to this page:

"Di Sieno helped rescue the bobcat kitten in the photo a week before, near Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Ranch, where it was dehydrated and near death. Di Sieno nurtured it back to health. They rescued the fawn during last week's wildfire. Although wild animals, especially of separate species, are never placed together due to regulations, in this emergency situation, they had no choice. During the mayhem of the fire, they were forced to put animals anywhere they could, since they had run out of crates large enough for the fawn. The kitten ran to the fawn, and it was instant bonding."

-- Sandra M. Klepach,

Photo credit to Lisa Mathiasen of Animal Rescue Team.


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