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 fawns

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, May 29, 2017
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We have 5 orphaned fawns in our care. They began arriving on 5/20 and the most recent one came to our center on 5/28. It is possible that more may still arrive this season. Our capacity is 10, but we hope that we won't get that many orphaned fawns.

We shared a couple of their stories over the weekend on our FaceBook page. One was rescued by Lake Stevens Police Department after its mother was killed. Two were transferred to us by other area rehab centers, one was found abandoned in a driveway, and another was rescued over the past weekend found laying in the road. That one was discovered by a Seattle Homicide detective - so, our first responders were directly involved in helping two of these babies. Thank you!!

Thank you to everyone who helped these little fragile fawns and got them safely to us over the past week. They will be trained to take the bottle, and then will graduate to a bottle rack and have little to no contact with us. We need them to continue to be wary of humans and eventually live a wild life once again.

Barn owl baby

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, May 22, 2017
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This little guy was found on the ground on 5/9/17. He arrived cold, emaciated, and clearly was in need of some help. He responded well to treatment and began to eat on his own. Our vet, Dr. Lesanna Lahner checked him out during her recent visit and he has now been moved to an outdoor enclosure.

One lone gosling

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, May 15, 2017
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This little orphaned Canada gosling was found running down the street being chased by crows. He was scared and had been separated from his family. He was so lucky someone noticed him and was able to scoop him up and bring him to us.

We have a gaggle of geese now, and an adult that will be used as a surrogate parent. Status: pending. 

3 Orphaned Steller's jays

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, May 08, 2017
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These little ones came in - nest and all recently. They had a series of unfortunate circumstances that required their rescue. While the parents were still in the area, they were overwhelmed and predators had made it impossible for the parents to forage and feed them properly.

Sometimes it is a hard call to make - rescue vs. kidnap - but, these babies would have likely perished if they were left where they had been found. Our baby bird is filling up and another Steller's jay orphan arrived this afternoon with a very similar story.

Eventually they will all be united in a large aviary for flight conditioning. But for now - our staff and interns feed hungry birds for 14 hours a day.....   Status: pending. 

Orphaned Raccoon

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, May 01, 2017
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This little one is our first raccoon of the season. She was found alone when her mother was accidentally scared off. The people tried to wait for her to mother to return, but sadly that did not happen.

She will soon have new siblings, as more will surely arrive in the coming weeks. They will be with us for the majority of the summer as they get bigger, learn to forage for food, and develop strong climbing skills. Status - pending. 

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.