Name: Victoria Turbyfill
Class/Year: Class of 2017, Junior
Hometown: Danville, Kentucky
Location: Ohio Wildlife Center HospitalInternship: Animal Care
During our sophomore year practicum at the Ohio Wildlife Center hospital we were required to do a project. I decided to continue on the project my partner, Macie Smith, and I made over the semester. We made screen cage door covers for the mammal ward. This is something that the hospital needs. Although most babies that come into the hospital are orphans and are cared for in a different room and in different cages there are some babies that come in with their mothers. When this happens they are kept in the mammal ward because the babies don't need formula fed by humans. The cages used in the baby mammal ward do not have spaces large enough for the babies to crawl out but the mammal ward cages have large gaps that babies can climb through and escape the safety of their cage. This can be extremely dangerous to the babies who may get lost or come into contact with other animals.
Macie and I made screens for the largest and smallest cage sizes. For my summer internship project I made one for the medium sized cage. They velcro on and off the cage doors easily. The only materials needed to make them are wood, wood glue, a staple gun, and plastic mesh. The materials used are ones that the animals come into contact with during their stay at the hospital and protect the babies from the possible harm outside their cage. It is great to know that even after leaving the hospital after my internship my time there will have a lasting affect through these cage door covers, protecting babies for months or years to come.