Southeast Missouri couple helps animals rehabilitate

2 years 4 months 4 weeks ago January 24, 2015 Jan 24, 2015 Saturday, January 24 2015 Saturday, January 24, 2015 9:12:00 AM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

SEDGEWICKVILLE (AP) - At first glance, John and Carolyn Watkins' home in the rural southeast Missouri town of Sedgewickville doesn't stand out. It's only when you see the peacocks, African guineas, wild turkey, geese, chickens, a donkey, sheep and goat in the backyard that the place comes alive.

Most aren't pets. They are wards of Watkins Wildlife Rehab. The Southeast Missourian reports that the couple has spent more than four decades nursing sick animals back to health.

Their work is strictly voluntary - and unpaid. John has been a doctor in Cape Girardeau for 50 years.

They've dealt with about every kind of animal that makes its way into Missouri and recalled spending two years raising a bear cub. The pelican they once nursed ended up in the St. Louis Zoo.

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