The fawn pictured above was found on Mother’s day in Mount Vernon. It was on a very busy stretch of road with the mother, and was hit by a car. Luckily, the injuries were not severe and the fawn is now stabilized and is doing well. She suffered some bruising and a broken rib, and clearly would not have been able to survive that night on the busy road. She now has 2 new siblings and we are caring for three orphaned fawns at this time. The season is still early – so, likely will get more fawns in this baby season.
Lots of other baby animals arrive everyday. We took in almost 100 new patients in the first week of May. It is not uncommon for 20 to 30 orphaned and injured animals to arrive in a single day. Baby weasels, cottontails, opossums, owlets, songbirds, mallards, goslings, raccoons, and even an albatross are just some of the patients we currently have in our care.
1. Orphaned chipmunks displaced from a hollow tree that was removed. 2. A tiny little orphaned Barn owl, so small that the people that found it confused it for a songbird and fed it dogfood. It is doing much better now and in our nursery. 3. Baby raccoons taken away from mom in an attempt to "rescue" - they were confiscated by Fish and Wildlife and brought to us when it was discovered they were illegally being kept as pets.
On May 4, we had a call from a shipping company in Seattle. They had a cargo ship arrive and found a stowaway onboard. This Laysan Albatross (see photos below) was stuck between some large shipping containers and could not escape. It was a bit bruised, dehydrated, and very thin. The cargo ship had sailed over from Hawaii and the bird was picked up somewhere along the 12 day journey. We are currently working on plans to return the bird to Hawaii, where it can be released.
1. Laysan Albatross getting an exam. 2. Alabatross in her enclosure 3. Dr. Lahner examines the wing to be sure nothing was injured during the long ocean crossing.
Our resident Great-horned owl, Athena, is busy being a foster mom to 4 owlets. All the area rehabilitation facilities have sent us their baby Great-horned owls, as they know we have Athena here and she does an amazing job raising these owlets. Click here
to see a video of her feeding her babies.
Be sure to visit our website and see our Patient of the Week profiles
and you can click through their stories and follows updates on progress and releases.
These babies eat a LOT - we are going through a lot of mice and rats each day to keep everyone growing and thriving, tubs of formula, mealworms, feed, and many other things to give all the animals the appropriate diets. Remember that your generous donations help make this possible. If you can contribute to helping with food and medical expenses this season, we would appreciate the support. Donations can be made on our website
by using our secure credit card processor, or if you prefer Paypal
. Checks can be mailed to our center. Thank You!
We hope to see you at our upcoming fundraiser this weekend – Saturday, June 4th from 1:00 to 5:00. Drop in for a tasting, buy some of our special label wines, and see our resident raptors. Formal presentation will happen at 2:30 – there will also be a silent auction and some door prizes.
See the information below in red for links and more details.