CONWAY, Ark. – Two squirrels fighting on a roof and one falls off. Sounds like the beginning of a joke, right?
Well, it’s no joke.
At least for one Conway family, who saw the squirrelly shenanigans unfold right before their eyes.
“They were fighting on the roof and screeching really loudly,” says Melissa Gates. “I went over to check on the one squirrel that was being attacked by the other and it had two broken legs.”
The fallen critter appeared to have injured its two hind legs. Gates says she was concerned for its well-being and didn’t know what to do.
“My kids didn’t want to kill it, so my husband went on the Game and Fish website to research what we can do,” explains Gates. “To our surprise, there was a list of volunteers with expertise for different animals.”
That connected the Gate Family to Dr. Henry Langston, with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, who spends most his time now rehabilitating injured possum, raccoon, and squirrels.
“When I get the call I try to assess what exactly is wrong with the animal,” says Dr. Langston. “Without seeing it I really can’t say, but I am always willing to meet the people to pick up the animal.”
Dr. Langston is just one of few volunteers who dedicates their time and resources to help the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. They are not paid and in desperate need of more volunteers.
“You don’t have to have a degree to do this sort of work, just heart and a little bit of time,” says Dr. Langston. “Now that I am retired I have a lot more time to do this.”
During the last 100 years, the agency has overseen the protection, conservation, and preservation of various species of fish and wildlife in Arkansas, according to their website.
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