Wildlife Patient Stories

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…

Wildlife in Autumn

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…

Skunk with Her Head Trapped in a Cinder Block

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.

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.…