Wildlife Patient Stories

Baby Raccoons at WildCare

Orphaned Baby Raccoons in Care Photos, video and main story by Shelly Ross Baby raccoons are, without a doubt, some of the most charming, amusing and delightful patients we treat in our Wildlife Hospital. Because they are incredibly intelligent and curious, raising orphaned raccoons to be healthy, and to ensure they will be both successful…

Three Baby Great Horned Owls Back with Their Families

Story by Maggie Rufo It’s Baby Season for Hawks and Owls! In the space of two weeks, three Great Horned Owlets arrived at WildCare. All three had fallen from their nests before they were old enough to be on their own. High winds, and the fact that Great Horned Owls do not build nests, but…

How to Tell If a Fawn Needs Help — The Five Cs

*** If you see a fawn you suspect may need help, please call WildCare’s Hotline at 415-456-7283 immediately.*** *** Please do NOT leave a comment here if you need urgent assistance! These articles are not monitored in real time. *** Every spring WildCare admits a number of animals, usually fawns and baby jackrabbits, that HAVE…

First Baby Skunks at WildCare

Something must have happened to the mother of the baby Striped Skunk in the video above and his siblings. At this age, approximately 5 – 6 weeks old, baby skunks should stay mostly in their den, even when mom goes hunting. But when mom doesn’t come back, the young skunks will eventually reach a point…

Orphaned Opossums at WildCare

Although tube-feeding these baby opossums is a good way to get them the nutrition they need, getting them to lap their formula on their own would be even better! Watch these babies’ Foster Care provider introduce lapping by squirting the formula on her hand.   These very young opossums lost their mother when she was…

Tiny Orphaned Squirrels at WildCare

Wild Babies Need Trees — Maybe Even Yours! It may be only February, but wildlife Baby Season has already begun! WildCare admitted the first tiny, pink baby squirrels of the season this past weekend, after successfully reuniting another pair with their mother on Valentine’s Day. The nest these newborn squirrels called home fell from its…

Muddy Skunk at WildCare

February is the peak of skunk mating season in Northern California, which means skunks are very active right now. At this time of year, the odds of us or our pets encountering a skunk are higher than usual. This young male skunk may have been out searching for a female when suddenly he found himself…

Golden Eagle at WildCare

[row] [column large=12 align=middle][/column][/row] Seeing a Golden Eagle, the largest bird of prey in North America, is a heart-stopping experience. Seeing one close-up is even more thrilling. But seeing one on the ground, at eye level, and one that doesn’t fly away must be truly startling. That happened to this bird’s rescuer as he walked…

Unusual Birds at WildCare

Bufflehead and Virginia Rail Winter is considered the “off season” in the Wildlife Hospital because, well, it’s the opposite of “baby season.” Baby season happens in spring and summer, and it is during the warm months that we admit about 80% of our nearly 4,000 animal patients each year. But winter time is far from…

Rescued Baby Opossums

Thirteen year old Claire was walking to school when she noticed an opossum lying on the side of the road. Being an animal lover, Claire went over to investigate. To her surprise, there was more than one opossum on the roadside that morning- the larger one she had already spotted, and a tiny baby opossum,…