Here’s an excerpt of the vignette I’m writing for Vox Magazine about Raptor Rehabilitation. It’s a dirty job.
Two mice lie on the counter with their tails hanging over the edge. Elizabeth Matye pierces one mouse with a needle and injects it with medicine to treat arthritis. Its mouth bubbles with blood that drips on the concrete floor. After slitting the next mouse’s side, she breaks a pill. Powder spills into its exposed abdomen. Matye massages the medicine into the stomach and intestines. She then snips off both tails to indicate the mice contain medicine. Now, she’s ready to feed the birds.