Wildlife Patient Stories

Adult Squirrels in Care at WildCare

The modern world is a challenging place to be a wild animal. These squirrels’ stories illustrate the hazards an animal must navigate on a daily basis to get food, find shelter and simply survive. In January alone, WildCare has admitted six adult squirrels. Two of the squirrels were trapped in chimneys, three were struck by…

This Sparrow Needed to Be Rescued Twice!

White-crowned Sparrows are hardy little migrants that can be commonly seen in backyards across the United States. With distinctive white and black stripes on their heads, they’re easy to identify as they hop through your yard looking for seeds, berries and insects. These sparrows make an up to 2,600-mile migration from their breeding grounds in…

Skunk Stuck in Bait Box

Watch WildCare’s veterinarian, Dr. Sorem cut the skunk free from the plastic bait box trapping her head! Trouble viewing the video? Click here to watch it on WildCare’s YouTube channel. In WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital we see animals with their heads stuck in the strangest things. It is always heartbreaking to see an animal come in…

Cackling Geese at WildCare

Unusual geese get a second chance at WildCare When a rescuer said that the Canada Goose she’d found had been hit and rolled by not just one but two cars, WildCare Medical Staff knew to expect a large bird, probably with significant injuries. The bird that arrived at the Wildlife Hospital, however, was small, with…

Red Crossbill at WildCare

When WildCare Medical Staff wraps a songbird’s injured wing, they don’t generally expect to come back the next day and find the wrap scissored to pieces. But that’s what happened with this Red Crossbill! The unique scissor bill is specially adapted for accessing the seeds within pine and other cones but it clearly has another…

Help Stop Birds from Hitting Windows

One of the main causes of migratory songbird mortality is window strikes. The following steps can help reduce the number of birds killed by hitting windows, and a lot of lives could be saved if everyone implemented these strategies! These suggestions come from FLAP Canada (Fatal Light Awareness Program). Visit their website at flap.org for…

Amazing Releases — Badger and Great Horned Owl

At WildCare, our Wildlife Hospital staff and volunteers get to see and do amazing things to help the wild animals in our care. But everyone agrees that the very BEST part of the work we do is that moment when an animal, once sick, injured or orphaned but now healthy and vibrant, returns to his…

Bobcat Kitten at WildCare

When WildCare Medical Staff got the call from the Marin Humane officer that she was bringing in an orphaned Bobcat kitten, they expected a lanky juvenile, probably hit by a car. True wild kittens don’t usually leave their den and its surrounding area until they’re old enough to keep up with Mom on her hunting…

Skunk Babies in Care at WildCare

Five baby skunks arrived at the Wildlife Hospital after being rescued from a freeway on-ramp! Fortunately a driver saw the five little skunks, tails high, marching up the on-ramp and managed to catch them before they got into oncoming traffic. Skunks at this age are much too young to be on their own without Mom.…

Orphaned Baby Songbirds at WildCare

Feed me! Please never attempt to raise a baby bird on your own! Babies like this Dark-eyed Junco need very specialized care to grow up healthy and wild. Always bring any baby wildlife you find to a licensed wildlife care center like WildCare. [row] When you walk into the Birdroom in WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital during…