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July/August 2010 | IN Magazine | The Tyler Paper


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A Rose Among Thorns: G


2 Rescue Ranch Saves Injured Animals


By MAEGAN MCGOWEN Contributing Writer


3 Photos by Heb Nygren Jr. 1 Bob Lenham feeds a baby


possum. 2


Georganne Lenham cradles a


bunny saved at the ranch. 3


A white dove was the object of an email picture that went viral.


Georganne Lenham is holding a very fat, very sleepy skunk in her arms. Her name is Hollywood, and she is one of the many creatures she and her husband, Bob, rescued and rehabilitated at their small ranch in East Texas. Wild Rose Rescue Ranch reminds you of a scene from Noah’s Ark - the front porch is a collection of cages holding everything from a glossy-eyed raccoon to squirrels, rabbits and horses. And if you look out over their 50 acres through a slight summery haze, there is a herd of deer, their graceful necks and pricked ears barely visible in the half- light.


The couple is in love with wildlife, and dedicates their time to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wildlife that’s been injured, lost or orphaned. “We will not turn down an animal; we


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just can’t,” Bob Lenham says as he cradles a tiny possum in an old pink washcloth, feeding it formula with a syringe. The most important thing East Texans should know about the ranch is that it exists, he says.


“A lot of people just don’t know what to do when they find an animal,” he says. It’s important to realize that a wild animal, like a baby possum or squirrel, needs special care – care that the Lenhams have been licensed to provide through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “You have to be recommended by two veterinarians to be licensed,” Georganne Lenham says. “We are licensed to rehabilitate any mammal, and Bob is working on his license to work with raptors.”


If they come across an animal that they aren’t licensed to work with, they stabilize


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