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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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Great horned owl

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, August 14, 2017
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This owl was transferred to us by a vet clinic in Oak Harbor on 8/7/17. She had been caught up in some barbed wire and was injured.

She has had surgery to repair the hole caused in the entanglement and it is healing up nicely. She is eating well and we hope will be ready to go to an outside enclosure soon.

Once she is healed and flying again, she will be ready to be released. Status - pending. 

Townsend's chipmunk

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, August 07, 2017
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This little guy arrived on 7/1/17. He had vision issues and there were ulcers in both eyes. One improved and healed, but the other eye had to be enucleated (removed). The surgery was a success and has healed nicely. He is running on his wheel, eating well, and soon will be ready to be moved to an outside enclosure. Status - released. 

Vaux's Swifts

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, July 31, 2017
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These orphaned swifts were found in Lake Stevens, Marysville, and Granite Falls. Only two were originally siblings, the other three came in separately and now they are a group of five.

They cling to the sides of the enclosure hanging around like gargoyles or bat birds. They are also VERY noisy at times. 

Vaux's swifts spend their time in the air foraging for insects. They don't land to eat or drink and spend the whole day flying.

Status - pending. 

Raccoons!

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, July 24, 2017
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More orphaned Raccoons - 3 additional baby raccoons arrived over the past two weeks. The three new ones are in our raccoon nursery (see the one photo of our vet Dr. Lahner examining him) as they were born later this season and are still pretty little.

Once they are bigger, they will join the older orphaned raccoons outside where they too will learning to forage for food, interact, climb, and get acclimated to the elements. Status - pending. 

Orphaned Hooded mergansers

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, July 17, 2017
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This small species of duck are fish eaters. These 4 were part of a larger group of 6 orphaned mergansers. Their mother was hit by a car on 6/13 and sadly, within 24 hours of arrival two of their siblings passed away due to stress and trauma.

However, the remaining four siblings are doing well and continuing to grow and develop their flight feathers. We will continue to care for them until they are able to be released back into the wild again. Status - released. 

"Baby" Bald eagle

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, July 10, 2017
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This eagle came out of the nest too early. On July 5th, our staff went to assess the situation to see if he needed help or if the situation was normal. We knew his parents were in the area, but it was concerning that he was out of the nest and on the ground. Post 4th of July, many birds and mammals find themselves displaced. It is likely this is what happened to him as well.

It was clear that he very thin, dehydrated, and had been injured (bruised) in the fall. The decision was made to bring him back to the facility for care. Blood work revealed he was anemic and despite his parents best efforts - he would not have survived long on the ground.

We are doing all we can to get him healthy and strong. Status - pending. 

 

"Baby" Peregrine Falcon

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, July 03, 2017
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This young falcon came out of a nest too early in downtown Seattle and was picked up by the Seattle Police Dept. and taken to a vet hospital before being brought to us.

Apparently, he was being handled by people on the street and hand fed, so the officers were afraid someone would "kidnap" him or he would otherwise be hurt and they had to pick him up and get him somewhere safe. 

Status - transferred. We discovered that his sibling had been picked up days earlier under similar circumstances and was a PAWS Wildlife. He went to PAWS to be reunited and plans were in the works to re-nest on the building with the parents. 

 

 

Coyote pup

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, June 26, 2017
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This little coyote pup came to us from Whatcom county. He is our first pup of the season, and was found alone wandering on a road.

Our interns (Catie and Shelby) are excited to add this species to their rehabilitation experience this summer. They helped get him bathed and settled in for his stay with us. He did NOT enjoy his bath, and definitely is not interested in being in our care. We have had as many as 13 coyotes pups during a baby season. Too soon to tell how many we will have this year.

Status: pending. 

Mountain Beaver hit by car

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, June 19, 2017
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These are also called Ground Bears, and are considered a 'living fossil' due to a variety of very ancient anatomical attributes. Their closest living relative is the squirrel and they diverged about 40 million years ago!

This little guy was found wandering through traffic, walking in circles. We suspect he was hit by a car due to his behavior and head trauma. He is still recovering, these types of injuries can often take time. Status: pending.

Downy Woodpecker baby

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, June 12, 2017
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This little guy was found orphaned in the Marysville area. He is now nestled into an incubator in our baby bird nursery. He is very talkative. Status - pending. 

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