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  • Since we're launching on this new awesomeness of videos, I feel like I should get a few

  • things off my chest.

  • #1, I am crazy about animals, as in I'm crazy driven to provide them awesome care, even

  • if they're not my own.

  • #2, Animals are really, really, really messy, and it's really hard to keep them clean and

  • happy.

  • #3, I log everything. Like, seriously, everything; I'm walking along, going about my business

  • and I'm like, "Oh, hey, it's 10:30," I'm like, "Hey, it's snowing; better write it down."

  • "Oh, so-and-so pooped; better write it down." Yeah, I log everything. It's crazy.

  • #4, I can chop veggies like nobody's mother. Wanna race?

  • #5, There's never an instance when you cannot learn something more about something; nobody

  • knows everything. Well... wait, maybe somebody does know everything there is currently available

  • to know about something, but that doesn't mean there isn't something more to discover.

  • [Intro]

  • Okay, so I think most children come into this world with a natural curiosity about nature

  • and animals, and western society just inundates them with a barrage of animal images over

  • and over. So, maybe I was brainwashed by animals, or maybe I came over it naturally. Whatever

  • the reason, I'm consumed by a desire to help animals and care for them in any aspect. So

  • I even love seeing other people with their animals and helping when I can. If you have

  • a question about your animal, please, feel free, ask in the comments below.

  • Number two. Yeah! Animals don't clean up after themselves.

  • Ah, more than half the time spent caring for these animals is spent cleaning up after them,

  • like their poop and pee and ravaged toys and, ah, other bodily fluids. [dramatic DUM DUM

  • DAAHHH music] Yep.

  • Number three. Logging is essential to knowing and caring

  • for your animals. It's priceless to be able to go back three, four months, even years,

  • to see if you are dealing with an illness, or you're managing a seasonal behavior, all

  • those things. You need to know that stuff. For example, we have a bird named Oliver,

  • and he's a Sun Conure and he got really ill about a year ago and we were worried that

  • he had this wasting disease that was really contagious to other birds, and for the safety

  • of the rest of our flock we might have to a necropsy which is the only way to determine

  • if that was the disease. A necropsy is an autopsy except on an animal which means euthanasia.

  • I hated that idea so I wanted to see if there was another option so I scoured all of his

  • backlogs, and I found out that he was sick. About four years ago he got sick and he recovered

  • from that illness so it was unlikely that he had that wasting disease, so we were able

  • to save his life because we did those logs. So yeah, logging is like ingrained in my everyday

  • life. l could seriously tell you everything that I ate today and every time me and my

  • sons went poo poo in the potty. Yeah, life of the party!

  • Number four. I love introducing all of my interns to the

  • basics of animal care. It's so fun seeing them learn all these new skills and acquire

  • these basic life skills. The best part is teaching them all to chop vegetables. It's

  • both hilarious and also really annoying. It brings back all these memories of me trying

  • to learn how to do chopping veggies. It would seriously take me like an hour or two every

  • other day to chop these vegetables and it was, my hand would cramp up, and it was just

  • terrible, but, um, I just learned to pair it with episodes of Buffy so, you know, it

  • wasn't so bad. So even if my interns never take care of animals

  • again, or chop veggies for animals, at least they have mad chopping skills, right? That's,

  • that's pretty cool.

  • And number five. So I am so excited to be doing this channel,

  • because it has not only sparked my passion to teach, but also to keep learning. There

  • is always room for improvement in everything in life. So I promise to keep learning about

  • everything animal if you promise to keep asking questions.

  • If you want to keep learning more about animals and learning how we make caring for them possible,

  • then subscribe to Animal Wonders Montana and join us on an adventure every week. If you

  • have a suggestion for an episode or any questions at all, please ask them. You can find us on

  • our website, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook... links are below.

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