Steamboat briefs: Wildlife film screening set for Tuesday in Library Hall
Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of “Soul of the Elephant,” winner of the Best Cinematography Award at the 2016 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.
The documentary film takes a look at a sensitive animal of which, ironically, every dead elephant with its ivory intact is a reason to celebrate; it means an elephant died of natural causes, not bullets, snares or poison, and a soul was allowed to be celebrated and mourned by its herd.
Award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and, through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they might have seen, their great migrations for water with their families and their encounters with lions and hyenas.
This film, shot through the course of two years, is an intimate look at elephants through the lens of two of the greatest storytellers of natural history. For more information, visit steamboatlibrary.org/events.
Precautions advised when dealing with bats, animals
Rabies is a potentially deadly virus transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. Some bats have tested positive for rabies in Northwest Colorado. Follow precautions to avoid exposure to potentially infected bats or animals.
■ Never touch a wild bat or any other wild animal.
■ Teach children who find a bat to leave it alone and tell an adult.
■ Keep doors and windows covered with intact screens. Do not leave screenless doors or windows open in the evening.
■ Upon discovering a bat inside a home, call a professional trapper with experience removing bats.
■ Keep pets up to date on rabies vaccines.
■ In the event of exposure to a bat, if possible, safely collect the animal using a shovel (do not touch the animal, even if wearing gloves) and contact the Routt County Department of Environmental Health at 970-870-5588.
■ If bitten by a bat or if a bat is found in a room where people sleep, contact a medical provider and Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) at 970-879-1632.
For more information, visit cdc.gov/rabies.
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