DISLIKES ~ Flicker dislikes crowds of people, being confined to a small space, and most men. She’s wary of all humans, but she’s getting more comfortable.
FLICKER’S HISTORY ~ Flicker was purchased from a breeder in California when she was 4 months old. Her new owner had visited the breeding facility and been absolutely horrified by what she saw – dirty enclosures stretching as far as the eye could
Flicker was excruciatingly shy and skittish. Even in her new home, if someone moved too quickly she panicked. Standing up from sitting without warning could make her bolt. Her anxiety made her life miserable and after several escapes and much suffering, her owners decided to pursue medication. They put her on anti-anxiety meds at the recommendation of their vet. Although the pills helped inhibit her reactions, they didn’t actually make her any happier. When faced with enough fear, Flicker still panicked and took off.
When Flicker was almost a year old, her owners decided that she needed to be somewhere where she would feel safe and secure, and their home clearly was not that place. They made the difficult choice to contact our staff here at WSWS and we reviewed her case. Flicker certainly sounded like a risk, given her history of escapes, but we also needed to find a new companion for Rayne, and Flicker seemed like she could be the one. We decided the risk was worth the reward, so Leyton planned to go pick her up.
While we were getting ready to drive to California, Flicker escaped her home yet again. This time, she was not easily re-caught, and for two weeks she was running loose in her neighborhood, too skittish to let anyone get close to her. At
Some careful planning, a lot of waiting, and a few handy tools later, Leyton had successfully tranquilized and caught Flicker. He loaded her up and drove her home to WSWS, where we introduced her to Rayne. Although Rayne was thrilled, Flicker wasn’t too interested – all she wanted was to figure out how to get out of the habitat. And she did, just a couple of hours later! Thanks to quick planning and the help of some weekend warriors, she was kept inside the perimeter fence and recaptured. We moved her to a temporary habitat with a roof and began to brainstorm some habitat upgrades that might encourage her to stay put once she moves back in.
For now, Flicker is cooling her jets, learning our routine and familiarizing herself with caretakers, and working at building a friendship with Rayne. In the mornings, Rayne walks over to the One Acre enrichment habitat that’s adjacent to Flicker’s habitat and they enjoy some playtime and breakfast together. By building relationships with Rayne and our human pack, we hope to increase Flicker’s quality of life to the point where she’s no longer afraid and instead, actually begins to fully appreciate all the perks of sanctuary life.