Wildlife Patient Stories

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…

Baby Birds Big and Small at WildCare

Did you know WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital treats over 200 different species of wildlife? During spring and summer’s baby season, we admit over 1,200 baby birds, all needing specialized care for their particular species. It really is amazing how different baby birds can be! In the videos below, you’ll meet three baby Common Ravens, the largest…

Baby Wildlife Sheltering in Place Too

Sheltering in place feels like a new concept for most of us, but wildlife moms do it every spring! From the time her babies are born, until they have grown enough fur and put on enough weight to keep themselves warm without her, a squirrel mom, or a skunk mom, or a raccoon mom must…

WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital During COVID-19

Despite the dramatic changes to life as we know it due to COVID-19, WildCare’s work continues. If you’ve ever rescued an injured or orphaned wild animal, you know how essential WildCare is! Fortunately, under the shelter-in-place guidelines for Marin County, WildCare is considered an essential service. Thankfully we have been able to continue providing care…

Raccoon Returns to WildCare After 13 Years

 WildCare raises hundreds of orphaned mammals every year in our Wildlife Hospital. We have many protocols in place to ensure that our orphaned baby patients grow up healthy and wild, and we always hope that we are teaching them the skills they’ll need to thrive once they are released. But how do we know…

Volunteers Behind the Scenes

 Many of the rescuers who bring injured or orphaned animals to WildCare ask to see what goes on behind the front desk. For our patients’ safety and welfare, our license from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife does not permit visitors into the Wildlife Hospital. But trained volunteers work behind the scenes and…

Raccoon Medical Mystery

Article by Juliana Sorem, DVM, Melanie Piazza and Alison Hermance  In this video, Dr. Amy Allen explores the raccoon’s nasal passages endoscopically while WildCare’s Brittany Morse monitors the raccoon under anesthesia. Upon his intake at WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital, our Medical Staff noted that this young raccoon was in severe respiratory distress and he had…

Skunk Caught in a Dryer Vent

Who knows what this large and healthy adult skunk was seeking when he squeezed under a Mill Valley home. Due to the lack of natural denning spaces in our urban and suburban neighborhoods, skunks will seek shelter under structures and crawl spaces, so he may have been seeking a place to rest. Skunks eat rats…