MINOCQUA - Animals usually like to hide their newborns to keep them safe, but a mama cat chose the wrong place to hide her litter.
This is Tiki, the only surviving kitten of his litter. Tiki is about seven weeks old. A woman brought him into the Northwoods Animal Hospital in Minocqua a week and an half ago.
"She and her friends had attended a bonfire the night before. Unbeknownst to them, they threw a mattress that had the kittens nestled inside of the mattress," says Karen Seehafer-Petersohn, Certified Veterinary Technician.
The woman pulled the mattress out of the fire when she realized the kittens were inside, but Tiki was the only survivor.
He has 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his legs and paws. The hospital staff wants to remind people that baby animals can easily hide in places - like abandon buildings, garages, and under porches.
"Another thing that we have found in the past is boats. They like to go into boats that have been stored for the winter, get underneath the tarps that have been stored for the winter," says Karen Seehafer-Petersohn.
Tiki still has a high fever and needs a lot of medical care before he can be adopted.
NORTHWOODS - You might find it easier to get a campsite at a national forest campground for Labor Day Weekend.
There are nearly 50 campgrounds to choose from across the across Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Reserved sites at campgrounds within the area are actually the exception rather than the rule. Assistant Ranger of Recreation Land Evan Miller explains why those not making reservations have the advantage.
"In the state of Wisconsin, the National Forest manages about 1,200 campsites over 49 different campgrounds," said Miller. "Of those, about 75 percent are first-come, first-serve. So individuals who are here first will have the first pick. The other 25 percent are reservable through Reserve USA."
RHINELANDER - People will swarm Trig's Riverwalk Center for the best deals for the next couple of days, but it won't just be for groceries.
People hunted today for the best used items at the Mammouth Rummage Sale. The sale began today and runs through Saturday.
"We are very busy! I thought they were going to run me down when I opened the door," said Bev Geske, a NATH board member. "They were lined up outside. We opened a little early because of that. [I think] we're going to be busy Thursday, Friday, and Saturday."
BOULDER JUNCTION - People who enjoy working with wood could show off their talent in Boulder Junction this week. A woodcarving workshop is being held at the town's community center.
The workshop is held every year by the Muskie Area Woodcarvers from Arbor Vitae. Everyone from beginners to experts could sign up, and everyone has an opportunity to learn many different kinds of woodworking in one spot.
"We have chip carving, we have wood burning, we have deep relief, shallow relief," says Woodcarver Ron Hine. "Bob Harris, one of our members, is a bird-carver so he usually teaches a bird. There's 11 different stations and 12 instructors."
RHINELANDER - Many people can't believe it's almost time to go back to school. However, it's not just kids that are heading back to school. Research has shown that a lot of adults are going back to school as well. The number of non-traditional students is the highest it's ever been.
"As technology continuously changes, and as new processes and ways of doing things are introduced into various businesses and organizations, the needs of employees are really changing," said Sandy Bishop, director of workforce development at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.
RHINELANDER - Students go back to school soon, which means teachers are busy preparing for the upcoming school year.
One teacher at Pelican Elementary School in Rhinelander has been getting ready since the beginning of August.
"Getting back in teaching mode starts about when the back to school flyers come out," says teacher Stephanie Pudlowski. "It's just as exciting as it is for the kids to get the school supplies and to start thinking about that."
She teaches a multi-age class with kids from first to third grade.
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