About the Marilyn Lichtman Foundation

Another way of helping the animals:

We planted berries in the garden and our holiday arrangements had loads of bright red berries.  Robins eat berries in the winter. They are a wonderful addition to the winter feeder activity.  The first birds to start the dawn chorus and the last one to stop singing at night.

Because they are nocturnal, flying squirrels – aka sugar gliders – have the largest and most beautiful eyes.  Flying squirrels should more appropriately be called “gliding squirrels” because they aren’t capable of the true powered flight that a bird can do.  Flying squirrels glide.  They have a special membrane between their front and back legs that allows them to glide through the air between trees.  Thanks to their superb gliding abilities, flying squirrels are great escape artists.

Nine lives of a “CAT” fish

On our grounds, we have a beautiful Koi pond with two waterfalls.  In addition to our fabulous Koi, there lives a sole catfish which was affectionally named “Genghis Khan”.  As we have learned, catfish have a symbiotic relationship with ponds by providing a “clean up” service while they “clean up” the floor of anything edible such as Koi food, bugs and anything else that has drifted to the bottom. 

Khan was rescued from the Delaware River some years ago and has enjoyed his life of solitude in a cave we built in the pond. Recently, we noticed that he had a large tumor which protruded out of his mouth.  It was about the size of a golf ball.  We then contacted a fish veterinarian located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Dr. Brian Palmerio.  After transporting Khan to the clinic, Dr. Palmerio assessed him and subsequently performed surgery to remove the large tumor. As it turned out, Khan had other small tumors in his mouth as well as several lesions on his underbelly which were all addressed.  

Genghis Khan has recovered and is now back home with his pond mates enjoying another life of leisure.