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    Posted April 6, 2009 by
    fredlee
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    Hoboken, Georgia
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    Animal rescue efforts in flooded south GA

     

         Hello, my name is Fred Lee and this is a wildlife rescue caught on video April 6, 2009.

         The Satilla river near our home in Hoboken, GA has reached its highest flood stage in decades and the local wildlife are struggling to find higher ground. Over the last 2 days we've seen several raccoons, rabbits, armadillos, snakes, and even a gopher tortoise stranded on small islands waiting out the flood waters.

         We didn't try rescuing them because they still had a little dry ground to rest on and the vegetation would sustain them until the water receeded. However, we felt called to action when we spotted this little rabbit stranded in some floating debris.

         Our rescue didn't go as smoothly as planned but eventually we did pull the rabbit from the swift moving water and place him safely in a backpack for the trip back to dry land. 15 minutes later we reached the edge of the flood zone and released the scared, soaking-wet, little rabbit back into a nice dry patch of briars.

         I'd like to give a special thanks to my buddies Rodney Harris and Austin Harris for helping me with this rescue.

     

    Fred Lee

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