Sarvey Wildlife Care Center

Patient of the Week

Every day new patients arrive at our facility. In an effort to tell their story of survival and highlight the diverse number of species that we rehabilitate, we highlight a new patient each week. Some of these are individuals, others are orphaned siblings. As their cases progress - we will update the outcome - our hope is that many, many of these patients are released! 

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Orphaned Dark-eyed junco

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, April 24, 2017
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This little guy was actually a fledgling that was "kidnapped" - it was on the ground and the homeowner removed it from the area so they could mow their grass.

He has been with us since 4/22 - and had they just given him a few more days, he would have been ready to fly away. But, we will continue to take good care of him and release him as soon as he able to fly. Many people either mistakenly assume fledgling birds are "orphans", or they just want to remove them from the area as they are inconvenient....  Status - pending. 

Our bird room is starting to get baby birds. We have already seen a 37% increase in our patient load from the same time last year... guess we are in for a busy baby season!


Orphaned ducklings

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, April 17, 2017
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Over the Easter weekend, we received these cute little guys. They were discovered alone in a Jack in the Box parking lot. Their mother had been hit by a car. These are our first ducklings of the season. Dozens and dozens and dozens more will follow, sadly, they always do. Each year we rehabilitate about 100+ ducklings and goslings. Spring has sprung! Status - pending. 

Canada goose

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, April 10, 2017
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This goose was found on the ground in Arlington. The homeowner said that it appeared unable to fly, and they saw it there for 3 days. One of our interns went to rescue the goose and brought her back to the center.
She has pneumonia, but there are no signs of trauma. No fractures were seen on x-ray, which is good news! She is being treated for the respiratory issues.
If she does respond well to treatment and can recover, she will likely become our surrogate for this upcoming baby season. It is important that goslings are raised by adult geese. Each year we find a suitable candidate to act as a surrogate to our goslings, or we find a flock to adopt the goslings. The photo below shows one of our past surrogates raising some young goslings that were orphaned.
PLEASE do NOT attempt to unite orphaned geese yourself. It is also important to note that mallards DO NOT make good surrogates. A mother duck will kill babies that are not her own, geese are different - we like to say that geese can't count! If you do find any orphaned goslings or ducklings this spring, please take them to a rehabilitation facility for assessment and care.

Bunny Tales

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, April 03, 2017
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We have had about 10 young Eastern cottontails arrive since the beginning of the month, and today is just the 4th of April. Spring has sprung and bunnies are out there hidden in their nest. These little ones were all found by dogs in their yards. They are lucky that they were not seriously injured. Dogs often crush bunnies internal organs and cause life threatening injuries.

Please remember to check your yard for rabbit nests. Walk all around the yard and carefully in the grass. Rabbit nests can be in the tall grass right in the middle of your yard. If you plan to mow the lawn, double check that a nest of bunnies is not tucked into the grass before you mow. Every year we see rabbits injured by domestic pets, motorized yard equipment, or displaced during landscaping projects. 

Wild rabbits do NOT eat carrots and lettuce and things we think of feeding to domestic bunnies. They eat grasses, dandelions, and things growing naturally in your yard. If you find a small orphaned or injured rabbit - place it immediately into a box, keep it quiet, warm, and covered. The rabbit is not comforted by you handling it, it sees you as much of a predator as the cat. They easily die of stress. Do NOT feed it any milk, or replacement milk products. It will cause the GI track to bloat and the rabbit will die. Get it to a licensed rehab facility ASAP. Call us with any questions. Status: released. 

Young Bald eagle

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, March 27, 2017
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This eagle was found on Camano Island and brought to us on Saturday morning. The presenter was not sure what was wrong with her - they thought maybe she had been hit by a car.
We did not see any signs of trauma, the eagle was dehydrated and depressed - and had a smelly crop. It was clearly young, likely born last year. We started fluid therapy and were quite surprised on Sunday morning by what was discovered in the cage. She had thrown up a used condom.
It is unclear whether it was somehow ingested by eating fish or if it was consumed as litter on the ground. Either way - she seems to be feeling a lot better today. Wildlife often die from swallowing plastic or other litter - we hope she will be one of the lucky ones and will fully recover.

   UPDATE - In addition to the condom the young Bald eagle regurgitated yesterday, she just threw up more debris this afternoon. 
This time it was lots of pieces of some kind of tape. It looks a lot like plastic packing tape and smells putrid. Again, no idea if this was inside of a fish or something she ate - but it seems odd for an eagle to select any of this as food on purpose.
Poor thing - we are doing all we can, but we are guarded about her prognosis. Status - died. The toxicity of the garbage combined with irritation to the GI track contributed to the death of this eagle. Our necropsy did not discover further debris in the digestive track, but we did discover that the eagle was a male. 

Baby Great horned owlet

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, March 20, 2017
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This little guy arrived on 3/16/17 as a transferred patient from Raindancer Wild Bird Rescue. This orphaned owl was found upside down in a bush. There was no visible nest or parents in the area. He will now be raised by our resident Great horned owl, Athena. She has been acting as a foster mom for over 20 years! Status - pending.


Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, March 13, 2017
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3 baby Eastern gray squirrels have arrived. Our first official babies of the season. These guys were displaced and orphaned when a tree was removed. Two males, one female - arrived on 3/9/17. They are healthy, getting plump, and doing well. Baby season... so it begins! Status - pending. 

100th Patient of 2017 - Douglas Squirrel

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Tuesday, March 07, 2017
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This adult Douglas squirrel had a fight with another squirrel. He has a small wound on his head, but otherwise seems fine. Territory disputes are common for many species this time of year.
He is also our 100th Patient for 2017!! Since there have only been 66 days so far in the year - we are quite busy for the "slow" season. Baby Season is just around the corner, despite the snow that fell again today - we know babies are due to arrive any time now. Status - died. Despite antibiotic treatment for his wounds, he could not fight off the infection. 

Barred Owl with a broken beak

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, February 27, 2017
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This poor little owl was hit by a car near the entrance to the Boeing freeway. He came in on 2/13 and has trauma to both eyes, and a broken beak. Our vet, Dr. Lesanna Lahner was able to apply a small splint to hold the beak in position and allow it time to heal. He has a long recovery, but we are doing everything we can for him. Status - euthanized. Sadly due to further complications, the beak did not heal properly and the owl had to be euthanized. 

Bunny X 2

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, February 20, 2017
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We don't normally share domestics as our highlighted patient. Our facility is a wildlife hospital/rehab center, but we do occasionally get a domestic rabbit, domestic duck, or other abandoned pet. While people know to not bring us dogs and cats, they are often not sure whether some animals are wild or domestic.
While the presenter did know these two were dumped pet bunnies, she did not know where else to go. Most of our staff actually have pet bunnies, so we have a soft spot for these guys.

Sadly, there were 3 and one was hit by a car and killed before these two were able to be picked up by a caring citizen.
We are calling them Butter and Scotch. One boy, one girl - and they are sweet and soft and probably very grateful to not be outside wet, scared, hungry, and facing a myriad of predators.

Today we had a call about another rabbit that was dumped and left behind when some people moved away. That one was going to another local shelter. Unfortunately, the shelters are always full of sad stories like these. PLEASE do NOT get any pet if you cannot commit to caring for it and giving it a forever home. As spring is around the corner, people often think of getting chicks and rabbits as pets - sadly, when people do not realize the work involved, the animals suffer.

We will be looking for a home for these two soon. If you are interested, you can send us an email at and we will be vetting potential adopters for these two cuties! Status - transferred to the Everett Animal Shelter. They had recently adopted out their bunnies and had space. They were excited to get these two, especially since we had them spayed and neutered before dropping transferring them to their facility.