Wildlife Patient Stories

Band-tailed Pigeons at WildCare

January 26, 2021 Comments Off on Band-tailed Pigeons at WildCare

 This Band-tailed Pigeon (also known as a wood pigeon) came to WildCare with an injured shoulder. He was rescued in Novato and brought to WildCare on January 7. Our veterinarian, Dr. Sorem, examined the bird and found that, although the soft tissue damage to the wing was significant, the underlying tendons and muscles were…

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Turkey Caught in Fence

November 18, 2020

 In this video Dr. Sorem gives the turkey medications for pain, inflammation and infection.   The vast majority of the animal patients brought to WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital arrive as a direct result of negative interactions with humans, our pets, or our things (like cars, fishing line etc.) This juvenile Wild Turkey got her leg…

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Rattlesnake Stuck to a Glue Trap

November 4, 2020

This rattlesnake got stuck on a glue trap and would have died a slow and painful death if he hadn’t been rescued. NEVER use glue traps! They are indiscriminate killers and every animal stuck to one dies slowly and in agony. This video shows the snake’s intake in the Wildlife Hospital. Handle with care! The…

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Wildlife in Autumn

October 14, 2020

What’s happening with wildlife this fall? Here are a few of the questions our Living with Wildlife Hotline operators are responding to right now: 1. “My neighbors have decorated their yard for Halloween. Can decorations harm wildlife?” Yes! Halloween and other holidays for which people decorate the exteriors of their homes are particularly dangerous times…

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Skunk with Her Head Trapped in a Cinder Block

September 29, 2020

What is it with skunks getting their heads stuck in things? Skunks frequently get their heads stuck in cups, jars, and especially in narrow-mouthed Yoplait yogurt containers. One of WildCare’s ongoing advocacy issues is to encourage consumers to not buy Yoplait in the cone-shaped cup because of the risk of animals getting the cups stuck on their heads.

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Squirrel Release Site Criteria

September 24, 2020 Comments Off on Squirrel Release Site Criteria

WildCare is having a VERY busy second baby squirrel season with over 80 babies currently in care! Once these babies have grown up, we need safe and appropriate release sites for them. Unfortunately, due to the number of squirrels we’ve raised this year, we have already used all of the squirrel release sites previously offered.…

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Squirrel Dentition

September 9, 2020

 Fall 2020: It’s raining squirrels This year’s second brood of baby squirrels continues to arrive at WildCare in record numbers! Last year, from August 1 – September 10, 2019 we admitted 70 baby squirrels. This year, over the same date range, we have admitted 110! And they keep coming in! Baby squirrels have large…

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Vladimir the Turkey Vulture

July 23, 2020

Behind the Scenes with Vladimir the Turkey Vulture – July 15, 2020 While everyone was sheltering in place the past months, Vladimir, WildCare’s Wildlife Ambassador Turkey Vulture, was doing some homemaking of his own. Vladimir has been at WildCare for over 30 years. He was taken from his nest as a fluffy chick, and was…

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Famous Osprey Recovering at WildCare

July 15, 2020

   As you probably know, WildCare doesn’t name our Wildlife Hospital patients (not least because we admit over 3,500 of them a year!) but this fledgling Osprey arrived already dubbed with a name. He’s known as Tam, one of three fledglings in the much-watched Golden Gate Audubon webcam nest on the Whirly Crane in…

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Baby Gray Fox Survives Cold Water Swim

July 1, 2020

Rescuer Matt took this video of the fox kit on his family’s swim mat as they waited for transportation to WildCare. The weeks-old Gray Fox kit was probably playing with siblings near their den when he took a frightening tumble into a man-made lagoon in Stinson Beach, California. The baby couldn’t scale the steep concrete…

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