Wildlife Patient Stories

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.…

Squirrel Dentition

 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…

Vladimir the Turkey Vulture

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…

Famous Osprey Recovering at WildCare

   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…

Baby Gray Fox Survives Cold Water Swim

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…

Happy Father’s Day – Raptor Reunite

This young Red-shouldered Hawk toppled from his nest high in a eucalyptus tree during the high winds that hit our region last week. At this age he should be practicing flapping and building his flight strength while still in the care of his parents. He can’t yet fly, and he wouldn’t be able to survive…

Watch for Wildlife!

As Shelter-in-Place Restrictions Lift, Watch for Wildlife! WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital has been incredibly busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. On just one day last week, we admitted 38 animals needing our care. This is partially because people are home to see and rescue the animals that fall from nests, fly into windows, or get caught by…

Funny, Blue-eyed baby Crows

At WildCare right now we have 23 orphaned baby American Crows. We just released 12 others. These curious, quizzical, uncoordinated babies are some of our most charming patients.

Tangled Gopher Snakes

It’s not easy being a snake in our neighborhoods, even though snakes actually make great neighbors! Gopher Snakes like these eat primarily rodents, with other small animals and even eggs on their menu when they can find them. They will move through your yard hunting rats and mice and providing a real service with their…