Earthfire Stories

From our wildlife ambassadors to rehabilitation patients and local wildlife, these posts tell the stories of animals that call Earthfire Institute home.

Two foxes touch noses in the grass

A Foxy Friendship

The result of a Russian breeding experiment, Loki is an unusual fox, different from the others in appearance, mannerisms, and heredity.  Playtime in the animal garden had been somewhat lonely for him. The other foxes repeatedly rejected him. Although they had shown curiosity by circling and sniffing him, it was

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An egg starting to hatch

The Mysterious Egg

The early morning silence in the vast sagebrush field was profound. Meditative. The dense fog lent a quality of mystery. The world was still. Out of the mist came the call of a raven in the nearby woods and suddenly, the air itself was filled with a sense of life

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Grizzly bear laying on his stomach in the snow

Ramble the Grizzly vs. 10 Heads of Lettuce

Ramble the bear had a stomach ache, and it was a sad thing to see. There he was: lying on his stomach, front paws down along his side, bottom of his pads turned up to the sky, chin flat on the ground, and large round bottom high in the air,

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White German Shepherd Dog in the snow

Led Astray by a Bounding Snow Dog

An odd movement just outside the office window caught the corner of my eye. What was that? I turned to look and saw a column of steam rising as if a whistling tea kettle was coming to a boil. What could be burning outside in the snow? I stood up

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Woman feeds an orphaned vole with a syringe

A Vole, A Bear, and a Berry Pie

The Vole It’s true that we serve bears, wolves, and other large, dramatic animals that capture our imagination. But from an ethical perspective, Life is owed a deep respect regardless of size because anything with the breath of life is an absolute miracle. Even from a practical perspective, size doesn’t

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Woman holding a baby rabbit

Baby Rabbit Rescue: A Will to Live

On June 27th, a weeks-old baby mountain cottontail was hit by a car on a road in Rexburg, Idaho, and badly injured. A caring young woman saw him, picked him up, and called Earthfire. Hearing of the extent of his injuries, we recommended that she take him to our local

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Woman sits at a table surrounded by chickens

Chickens Rule the Earthfire Roost

You’d think there’d be peace on a lovely early summer morning at a wildlife sanctuary as the first rays of sun appear over the mountains. But no. It’s true that the bears are sound asleep in their hammocks. The horses and bison and burros are standing stock still, soaking in

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Fox kits sleeping together in a metal culvert

A Skulk of Foxes Comes to Earthfire

Five orphaned fox kits arrived in April for recovery and rehabilitation, their mother killed by a dog. When discovered, they were hungry and dehydrated. They’re now thriving and rambunctious in their covered enclosure with an outdoor play area. We’ve placed logs, large stones, sandboxes and wide-mouth tubes in their garden.

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White chicken stands in a doorway with a sign that says "No Chickens Allowed in Office" tacked to the door

Sally the Hen is a Very Demanding Chicken

Sally the hen gave an outraged squawk. I had nearly stepped on the tip of her right toe. But really, she parked herself, all spread out in the early morning sun, directly in the office doorway—and I did do my best to avoid her as I carefully stepped over her

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Squirrel

The Squirrel at the Door

I first encountered Skeeter two summers ago, when my husband and I first moved into this apartment. The apartment didn’t have a screen on the back door, but I liked to keep the sliding door open for air when the weather was nice. One day, I heard what I thought

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Two foxes touch noses in the grass

A Foxy Friendship

The result of a Russian breeding experiment, Loki is an unusual fox, different from the others in appearance, mannerisms, and heredity.  Playtime in the animal garden had been somewhat lonely for him. The other foxes repeatedly rejected him. Although they had shown curiosity by circling and sniffing him, it was

Read More
An egg starting to hatch

The Mysterious Egg

The early morning silence in the vast sagebrush field was profound. Meditative. The dense fog lent a quality of mystery. The world was still. Out of the mist came the call of a raven in the nearby woods and suddenly, the air itself was filled with a sense of life

Read More
Grizzly bear laying on his stomach in the snow

Ramble the Grizzly vs. 10 Heads of Lettuce

Ramble the bear had a stomach ache, and it was a sad thing to see. There he was: lying on his stomach, front paws down along his side, bottom of his pads turned up to the sky, chin flat on the ground, and large round bottom high in the air,

Read More
White German Shepherd Dog in the snow

Led Astray by a Bounding Snow Dog

An odd movement just outside the office window caught the corner of my eye. What was that? I turned to look and saw a column of steam rising as if a whistling tea kettle was coming to a boil. What could be burning outside in the snow? I stood up

Read More
Woman feeds an orphaned vole with a syringe

A Vole, A Bear, and a Berry Pie

The Vole It’s true that we serve bears, wolves, and other large, dramatic animals that capture our imagination. But from an ethical perspective, Life is owed a deep respect regardless of size because anything with the breath of life is an absolute miracle. Even from a practical perspective, size doesn’t

Read More
Woman holding a baby rabbit

Baby Rabbit Rescue: A Will to Live

On June 27th, a weeks-old baby mountain cottontail was hit by a car on a road in Rexburg, Idaho, and badly injured. A caring young woman saw him, picked him up, and called Earthfire. Hearing of the extent of his injuries, we recommended that she take him to our local

Read More
Woman sits at a table surrounded by chickens

Chickens Rule the Earthfire Roost

You’d think there’d be peace on a lovely early summer morning at a wildlife sanctuary as the first rays of sun appear over the mountains. But no. It’s true that the bears are sound asleep in their hammocks. The horses and bison and burros are standing stock still, soaking in

Read More
Fox kits sleeping together in a metal culvert

A Skulk of Foxes Comes to Earthfire

Five orphaned fox kits arrived in April for recovery and rehabilitation, their mother killed by a dog. When discovered, they were hungry and dehydrated. They’re now thriving and rambunctious in their covered enclosure with an outdoor play area. We’ve placed logs, large stones, sandboxes and wide-mouth tubes in their garden.

Read More
White chicken stands in a doorway with a sign that says "No Chickens Allowed in Office" tacked to the door

Sally the Hen is a Very Demanding Chicken

Sally the hen gave an outraged squawk. I had nearly stepped on the tip of her right toe. But really, she parked herself, all spread out in the early morning sun, directly in the office doorway—and I did do my best to avoid her as I carefully stepped over her

Read More
Squirrel

The Squirrel at the Door

I first encountered Skeeter two summers ago, when my husband and I first moved into this apartment. The apartment didn’t have a screen on the back door, but I liked to keep the sliding door open for air when the weather was nice. One day, I heard what I thought

Read More

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