Wildlife Patient Stories

Happy Father’s Day!

 WildCare supporter Eileen sent this wonderful video of coyote pups playing on her back deck. Mom, dad and the entire extended coyote family work hard to raise healthy pups like these! [well] Click here to sponsor a group of baby animals in WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital in honor of Dad. Then send him an eCard…

Whoooo’s That Angry Bird?

Whoooo’s that angry bird? This fluffy Great Horned Owlet may have grown up in a nest above a playground, but his experience was anything but fun! When he hopped out of his nest, he fell directly into the mouth of a large yellow plastic slide (the round enclosed kind) that was being stored at the…

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…

Newborn Fawns Orphaned When Their Mother Is Hit by a Car

Two tiny newborn fawns arrived at WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital from near the Nicasio Reservoir in West Marin, transported by Marin Humane officers called to the scene. A car struck and killed their mother, and these wobbly-legged fawns, so young their umbilici are still wet, were left as orphans. Christina Milne was driving to a class…

How to Help Fawns This Spring

Every spring WildCare admits a number of animals, usually fawns and baby jackrabbits, that have been “kidnapped” by well-meaning people who found them alone and assumed they needed help. In fact, one in five of the fawns brought to WildCare in 2018 were healthy and were promptly returned to their mothers’ care. While every wildlife…

Surgery Saves Black-crowned Night Heron

The note by WildCare’s Veterinarian in the medical record of this Black-crowned Night Heron read “Fracture appears that it may be amenable to surgical repair” despite “significant cranial-proximal displacement of [bone] fragment and extensive soft-tissue swelling.” This was good news for a heron who otherwise would not have survived such a grave injury. We don’t…

How to Help Hummingbirds

How to Help Hummingbirds The smallest of all birds, adult hummingbirds weigh only 0.1 to 0.3 ounces (2.5 – 8 gm). Hummingbird nests and the babies they contain are vulnerable because they are so small. Even the most conscientious arborist or home gardener can easily overlook the miniscule and carefully-camouflaged nest of a hummingbird, with…

First Baby Squirrels of 2019

As the winter storms continue to roll in, WildCare has admitted our first tiny orphaned squirrels of 2019. Like all of the hundreds of orphaned baby animals we will admit this spring, these little ones needed immediate care. You can help! This newborn squirrel tumbled from a tree in the high winds that have accompanied…

Plate Glass Turkey

 This video of the turkey in her brother’s room was taken by Britney Parnell as she waited for Marin Humane to arrive to transport the turkey to WildCare. By all accounts it sounds like an explosion when a bird this big breaks through a plate glass window! Every couple of years that we admit…

Emaciated Red-tailed Hawks at WildCare

This Red-tailed Hawk came to WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital with a broken wing. She wouldn’t eat on her own, but she was clearly hungry. Medical Staff discovered she would eat well if fed by hand. A few days of this care, and the bird started eating normally on her own. In January it is very common…