CROW Feather: Alycia Mahaut

Where are you from?

“I am originally from France, but I am currently living in London.”

What is your position at CROW?

“Wildlife Care Externship student.”

How long have you worked at CROW?

“I just completed my 2 month externship with CROW.”

What is your favorite animal and why?

“I’m drawn to orcas for their fascinating emotional intelligence and their vital role as apex
predators in the balance of marine ecosystems. During my time at CROW, I developed a
soft spot for Loggerhead Shrikes. Despite their small size, they have such a feisty attitude!
Watching them grow from nestlings to independent juveniles ready for release was a
rewarding experience.”

What is your most memorable CROW moment?

“One of my most vivid memories from CROW involved assisting one of our veterinary
interns, Dr. Chilcote, with the intake of a fledgling bald eagle. The surge of adrenaline
I felt while conducting its physical examination was unforgettable, as was the piercing
gaze of its brown eyes. This experience not only improved my raptor handling skills but
also emphasized the importance of trust and effective communication within a team
setting, especially when dealing with potentially dangerous wildlife. The staff and
veterinary interns were incredibly knowledgeable, and learning under their guidance
was the highlight of this externship. I also deeply value the time spent with my fellow
students, who never failed to make me smile.”

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of CROW?

“I enjoy climbing, hiking and running in my spare time. This year, my main goal is to
complete a half-marathon. Despite the tiring demands of my externship at CROW, instead
of impeding my training, it has become its driving force. Admist the frenzy of baby season,
running has become a way to unwind and explore the beautiful scenery of Sanibel Island.
Whether it’s sunrise or sunset, jogging along the beach has been a highlight of my routine,
offering both serenity and the opportunity to catch glimpses of local wildlife.”

What are some of your goals or aspirations for the future?

“I look forward to starting veterinary school this upcoming fall. My main aspiration is to
specialize in emergency medicine. I thrive in high-pressure situations, and my experience
with triage during intakes at CROW was incredibly fulfilling. While I know I have a long
road ahead, I have never been more excited for the journey.”

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