Wildlife Patient Stories

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…

New Pool for WildCare’s Pool Birds

The wonderful people at Hendrickson Pools made an incredibly generous donation to WildCare, just in time for the holidays! Two of WildCare most popular educational Wildlife Ambassador animals are Marshall the American White Pelican (named in loving memory of Joan Coil Carvalho) and Baja the Brown Pelican. These two large and charismatic birds share their…

WildCare Emergency Update

Update 10/30/19 Our lights are on, come enjoy special animal encounters at WildCare! It has been a challenging few days, but the power is finally back on at WildCare. We recognize that not everyone is as fortunate, however, and we know that many people are still stranded, unable to return to their homes. I would…

Pigeons Covered in Mysterious Sticky Gel

On October 13, a passerby found three pigeons with sticky, matted feathers, struggling to fly and walk in front of a grocery store in the Nob Hill area of San Francisco. Realizing the birds were in trouble, rescuers brought them, stressed and terrified, to WildCare, where Medical Staff took immediate steps to hydrate, warm and…

Opossum Mama and Family

 In the video above you can see the mother opossum foraging for food with her whole family, including the two white siblings on board! You can tell that all those babies are heavy, and keep an eye out for the little one who is half in and half out of the pouch as mom…

Unusual Baby Raccoon at WildCare

Early fall is a busy time for WildCare’s Living with Wildlife Hotline 415-456-7283, even as things SHOULD be slowing slowing down in the Wildlife Hospital. We’ve had some indications that this fall is going to be unusual, however! Ping-pong balls are lots of fun, and they build the dexterity these young raccoons will need to…

Baby Squirrels at WildCare

WildCare currently has 69 orphaned baby squirrels in care. That number is up from 55 babies in care last week. They just keep coming in! Each of these babies needs very specialized care. In the videos on this page you’ll meet a very special little patient who fell from her nest in a tall palm…

Summer is Rattlesnake Season

Summer is Rattlesnake Season This rattlesnake came to WildCare tangled in garden netting. Watch Medical Staff untangle him and give him an antiseptic bath to start his path to healing. Remember these are trained professionals… don’t try to handle a rattlesnake at home! Right now is prime time to see snakes basking on rocks along…

Two Big Fawns, One Big Day

Click here to learn how to tell if a fawn needs help! When someone calls WildCare’s Hotline (415-456-7283) and says they have a fawn in distress, one of our first questions is whether the young deer still has a fawn’s spots. WildCare treats fawns, but, per Fish and Wildlife regulations, we are not permitted to…

Hit-by-car Western Pond Turtle Returns to the Wild

This turtle’s rescuer, Deb, saw him crossing the street as she drove to work one morning in May. Knowing that a turtle on a busy road was in danger, Deb pulled over, but just as she was getting out of her car, another vehicle went zooming past. She watched in horror as the turtle rolled…