Wildlife Patient Stories

Baby Great Horned Owl

‘Tis the season for baby raptors! Every May and June, WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital and our raptor reunite volunteers are kept busy with fluffy, fallen baby birds of prey. You can help! If they’re healthy and uninjured from their fall from the nest, Great Horned Owlets like these (and any bird!) can be returned to their…

A Flood of Opossums at WildCare

Our poor Opossum Foster Care Team! With 33 opossums currently in care, these dedicated volunteers aren’t getting a lot of sleep, and our opossum resources are stretched to the limit. Read these babies’ story in photos (click each photo to read the full caption) and then click here or scroll down to learn how you…

Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings VIDEO: These ducklings are enjoying a bit of water time while their brooder is being cleaned and their food refreshed. ________________________________________________________________________________ Ten fluffy babies were rescued from a waterway in Larkspur. Residents nearby had watched the group of ducklings paddling after their mother for a couple of days. But then the…

Tangled Hawk Rescued by Firefighters Recovers at WildCare

This Red-shouldered Hawk was in the tall trees overlooking a bank parking lot in the town of Novato, when suddenly his wing was caught by something. A thin line of monofilament line, like fishing line or the kind of kite string used by “fighting” kites, was stretched across the space between two of the trees…

Squirrels, Skunks, Opossums — Oh My!

It’s April, and wildlife baby season is here! Whether it’s a nest of baby squirrels cut out of a tree, tiny newborn baby skunks brought to us after their mother died from poison, or young opossums arriving in the pouch of their mother who was hit by a car, every day brings new orphaned babies…

First Orphaned Baby Skunk of 2018

WildCare admitted our first orphaned baby skunk of the season yesterday! This tiny Striped Skunk was found after the storage container under which his mother had made her den was moved. Rescuers were unable to reunite him with his mother, so he will go into care with our Skunk Foster CareTeam, and he’ll be at…

A Phone Call Can Save a Tiny Life!

 If you ever find yourself in the position to rescue a wild animal, you’ll want expert help. Fortunately, WildCare’s Living with Wildlife Hotline (415-456-7283 (SAVE) is here, and the fact that our experts can guide you through helping a scared and sick or injured animal can make all the difference to you and to…

Never Use Glue Traps!

 This Western Scrub Jay probably thought he’d hit the jackpot when he saw a black tray full of bread and chocolate chips in the yard. What a treat! As corvids do, he probably hopped down for a closer look, cocked his head, and then hopped a bit closer. The trouble didn’t start until he…

The First Baby Squirrels of 2018

It’s only March 1, but WildCare admitted our first tiny orphaned squirrels of 2018 last week. Like all of the hundreds of orphaned baby animals we will admit this spring, these little ones needed immediate care. You can help! These newborn squirrels tumbled from a tree when the branch holding their nest was cut by a…

Golden-crowned Sparrow with a Badly Injured Neck

This Golden-crowned Sparrow got trapped in garden netting. Maybe as he was trying to reach berries or perhaps he had fled into a netting-covered bush to escape a predator. Whatever the cause, he was found on the ground with the netting tightly wrapped around his head and neck. In his struggles to get free, this…