“He’s been feral his whole life, so he’s never had any positive interactions with humans,” Roche said. “He sees us as predators, essentially.”
After giving Mason the medical treatment he needed, Roche planned to return Mason to his colony, and just leave food out for him each day. But then Roche noticed something that changed everything — Mason was urinating a lot more than he should be.
“We ran some blood work, and found out that he had advanced kidney disease,” Roche said. “We thought, ‘We can’t return him because he’s not going to survive the winter like this.’ We had gotten all his other stuff fixed up, but his kidney disease means that he needs a special diet and meds.”