Wildlife Patient Stories

Baby Opossums at WildCare

These baby opossums and their siblings have a sad, but not uncommon reason for being admitted to our Wildlife Hospital: Their mother was hit by a car, but they survived!

Turkey Vulture Baby at WildCare

WildCare admitted this fluffy baby Turkey Vulture to our Wildlife Hospital after he fell from his nest, and then wandered up a hillside to his rescuer’s back door. Meet him in VIDEO and watch us reunite him with his family!

Bobcat Kitten in Care at WildCare

What would you do if this animal approached you on a hiking trail? his baby’s rescuers carefully picked her up, avoiding her sharp teeth and claws, and bundled her into a sweatshirt. They returned to the head of the hiking trail and contacted the Marin Humane Officer on duty to transfer the kitten to WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital.

Mother’s Day Mama Opossum

Who’s the hardest working wildlife mom? Wild animals work tremendously hard to raise their babies every spring and summer, but for sheer heavy lifting, we think Mama Opossum may take the prize…

Spring 2021 Orphaned Babies at WildCare

April is the month when WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital really gets busy admitting injured and orphaned baby animals needing care. Meet four recent intakes in VIDEO and learn these young animals’ rescue stories!

Emaciated Bobcat at WildCare

Watch Our Now-healthy Bobcat Return to the Wild Enjoy Sarah’s photos in the gallery above, and, in case you missed it, read the story of this Bobcat’s intake into the Wildlife Hospital on March 14 below! ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Emaciated Bobcat Admitted to WildCare (story from April 8, 2021) Photos by Brenna Maillet In the photos above…

First Baby Squirrels — Respect the Nest

Meet our first baby squirrel of 2021! This young Eastern Fox Squirrel is less than four weeks old. Baby Season Has Begun! If you’ll recall, last autumn our Wildlife Hospital was flooded with baby squirrels. Apparently food supplies were robust in 2020, and many squirrels had a second brood.Our Squirrel Foster Care Team leader calculated…

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…

Turkey Caught in Fence

 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…

Rattlesnake Stuck to a Glue Trap

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…