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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Little Nibi ... The will to survive!

Little Nibi arrived on transport on 7/26/14
On Friday, 7/25/14 we received a call from a resident of Leech Lake Reservation. He found a kitten laying on his driveway with a big gash on her side. He drove Little Nibi to Cass Lake to meet up with LLL volunteers Nancy and Eileen who happened to be at the impound cleaning and walking the dogs. Nibi was immediately taken to our partner Animal Care Clinic in Bemidji where they sewed her back up. The vet believes the gash was most likely caused by a hawk or eagle.

On Saturday, little Nibi came down to the cities. We had nowhere for the sweet girl to go but new we had to bring her down. We are grateful to Leech Lake Legacy board member, Sandra, for stepping up and agreeing to foster her. She has a long way to go with healing but she is feisty and full of spirit and fire and has an incredibly strong will to survive and live!! :)

On July 28th, Sandra sent the following update:

Nibi went to Kindest Cut today for a follow up visit and is doing well.  She is about 4 weeks old and weighs exactly one pound.  She will go to the vet next week for another follow up visit.  She is still favoring her left rear leg but hopefully that will get better with time and the healing process.  The sutures/staples will have to be in for another week or so.  I had to work today so Jenny came and picked her up for her vet appointment. She has been on a couple of outings with me since I try not to leave her for long periods of time while she is recovering. She is eating and drinking well and is provided with pain management.

At night she sleeps in a crate with everything she needs and I put the crate on a bench right next to my bed so I can hear her if she fusses during the night.  She seems to be sleeping and resting well though. Not that she would get far but I have a fenced yard so I took her outside for some fresh air and some time to walk around in the grass and she seemed to enjoy that. All in all she seems to be doing well considering what she has been through.

And on July 31st, we got the following update:

She is starting to use her left leg a little more so that's a good sign. She is having some diarrhea that started yesterday so I stopped at Kindest Cut after work today to get some sub q fluids so she doesn't get dehydrated and some pyrantel to deworm her. She has discovered the toys in her room and has started to play with one ball in particular. Auntie Terri comes over everyday while I am at work to visit her and make sure she has enough fresh canned food and formula mixture.

She really seems to like her big bed that was donated by Chuck and Don's as I often find her sleeping in there instead of her other bed so I moved her stuffed animals to her big bed. :) It takes a village to raise this precious girl. My Dad commented about how dedicated we all are to make sure that even the tiniest of kittens gets the care and tlc she needs to get better :)

And yesterday (August 1st), she got to spend the day at Kindest Cut for another re-check .... she apparently didn't like to be left alone so the staff let her hang out with them in a shopping cart :)

Nibi supervising (or more likely distracting) Kindest
Cut staff while she spends the day with them
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And a big thanks to all who have played a role in making it possible for little Nibi to be given a second chance.

2 comments:

  1. Thank You for all you do! I love success stories and Leech Lake Legacy has a lot of them!!

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  2. I am grateful to the Good Samaritan couple who, upon discovering injured Nibi in their drive-way, took every measure possible to get immediate medical care for Nibi. Nibi had a lot of guardian angels on this particular day and she continues to have a flood of wonderful people caring for her.

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