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This hummingbird was admitted to our Wildlife Hospital on the afternoon of October 6th. Animal Care staff did a thorough examination and suspect a fracture… Read More about its injuries and recovery steps.

 

 

 

Displaced Green Herons

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These 3 fledgling herons were all displaced from their homes, and found in 3 different locations:

  • one was found in a public bathroom, unable to fly and in danger from children playing with them
  • one was found on the ground in a parking lot with a deceased heron
  • one was living in a tree that was felled

All 3 herons came in thin and needing rehabilitation. They’re currently being housed in the ICU, and being fed fish to bring their health back.

Western Pond Turtle Fishhook-ectomy

UPDATE: This turtle was successfully rehabilitated and released!

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A Western Pond Turtle came in with a treble (3-pronged) fish-hook lodged in its throat.
Our skilled clinicians were able to use anesthetic and remove the hook that would have otherwise killed the turtle. It is recovering very well and is slated for release as soon as the wound has healed enough.
This is a very special patient, as Western Pond Turtles are actually listed as a threatened species here in Oregon. Releasing this female turtle will aid in the continuance of the species in the wild.

Osprey in Training 

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UPDATE: This osprey was successfully rehabilitated and released!

We have a young osprey in the clinic that was grounded and not flying. He was brought in to us not flying and needing fluids and food.
Osprey are notoriously hard to get to eat in captivity, so we have actually used training techniques to train it to recognize food. Clicker training, where conditioning is used in conjunction with a clicker so that the sound of the click triggers the bird’s digestion system, has proven successful. Now it is free feeding so we will be monitoring the bird to ensure it is gaining weight!

Banner Year for Raccoon Rehabilitation

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It has been a very busy year for raccoon rehab. This year we have 24 wild raccoon patients (as compared to only about 6 last year). When they’re brought in the first step is an immediate quarantine to make sure they are healthy (no rabies, distemper, roundworm), and to stabilize them. The babies require bottle or tube feedings every 2 hours, and gradually move on to eating solid food. At that point they are given natural food items like fish, crawfish, and dig boxes with worms and live mice to teach them how to hunt. The raccoons are also blended into groups from the same area so that they learn raccoon behavior from each other. These little guys are getting very close to being released!

Intern Innovation!

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This goose was brought in with signs of head trauma (probably from getting hit by a car). With rest and care from our Animal Care Team that trauma has resolved and he’s feeling better, but still having some trouble walking and swimming. Swimming is a therapeutic and medically beneficial way to help him get better, so our intern Isabell came up with a brilliant solution – a pool noodle she fashioned herself to get him back in the water! He’s very happy and comfortable, and is getting some great exercise to help him heal fully!

 

Animal Care News:

In 2015 Wildlife Images received 968 patients!

Phoenix’s Eye Surgery

 

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