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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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Our Prep Kitchen

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, February 13, 2017
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We are deviating from our normal patient highlight to share our current "rehab" - well, it is a different 3 R's from our normal Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release. This is Refurbish, Renovation, Remodel.
We are very excited about our new kitchen in the medical clinic. This space is used heavily everyday. Food and formulas are prepared for a variety of diets. LOTS of dishes are washed and sanitized. The flooring was worn out. The cabinet were falling apart.
Thanks to a grant from Washington Fish and Wildlife we have been systematically replacing the flooring in the clinic. The kitchen is next and will be installed tomorrow. And Thank you to the Tulalip Tribes "Tulalip Cares" for granting us the money needed to replace our cabinets and sinks.
Our facility is not funded by the government. We are eligible for certain grants and we compete for that funding by submitting grant proposals whenever possible as appropriate. We are a non-profit charity and the primary day to day funding for our operations comes from supporters like you! It takes all of our Puget Sound community to support the rescue and rehabilitation of the wildlife we all love. Thank you for being there for the past 36 years. We look forward to 2017 Baby Season with a new kitchen!
Thank you to Scott for volunteering to install the new cabinets and saving us a lot of contractor fees. And thank you to our intern Katie for staying late and being extra hands to get this remodel done. 

Injured Rock Dove

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, February 06, 2017
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This little guy came from the Seattle area. He was found with string tangled around one foot. Sadly, the string had done permanent damage to two toes and cut off all circulation. He had no feeling in the toes and underwent surgery last week to have them amputated. He will be able to get around fine without them once the foot heals. For now, he is in our ICU area and recovering well.


We are one of the few centers in the area that routinely treat Rock Doves (pigeons). While many people may not like these birds and think of them as nuisances, they are really an interesting species. We enjoy their unique personalities and they can be quite sweet.


It is always sad when we get any animal in as a patient that was impacted by debris. So many animals get tangled in fishing line, kite or balloon strings, and a myriad of other things. It is our mission to help return these animals to the wild. While this little one will be released with a couple less toes, he can go on to live a wild and free life once more. Rescue, Rehab, Release....   Status: pending. 

Northern Flying Squirrel

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, January 30, 2017
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This adult was found in someone's house, not acting quite right. We don't know how he ended up inside and he was disoriented and seemed to have some head trauma. He is being treated for parasites as well, but he is improving. Status - pending. 

Ruby-crowned kinglet

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, January 23, 2017
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He arrived on 1/15 after being found with a cat inside someone's home. Luckily, he survived the cat and is improving.


We discovered some hair tangled around one foot, and believe that he has a coronoid fracture. It is really impossible to x-ray birds that are this small. We are hopefully that after some more cage rest and time, he can be released. Status - died. Sadly, this little guy passed away. We believe that the stress from the injury was too much for him. 

Adult Virginia Opossum

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, January 16, 2017
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She arrived on Saturday after being found in the road in Arlington. We believe she was hit by a car. Her front paws were bloody. She is doing well and nothing appears broken. She is a BIG girl.


People are often scared of these guys. They open their mouths and show off their teeth, but they also "freeze". Our Clinic Manager, Jessie, is holding this girl and the opossum is not moving.


We try to explain to people that they may look fierce, but they are actually scared. We LOVE opossums. They are amazing and eat ticks and other bugs, or dead things you may not want in your yard.

Their low body temperature keeps them from contracting most diseases. They do NOT carry rabies. They are North America's only marsupial and are NOT related to rats, they are actually related to kangaroos and koala bears! Status: died. Sadly, she passed away from her injuries. There was significant internal damage. 

Mourning Doves

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, January 09, 2017
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These two came in at different times from Camano Island. Each came in as young "babies" and were displaced or somehow orphaned. One was found in the road, but healthy and not hurt (arrived 10/1/16) - the other (arrived 9/5/16) had been attacked by a dog, but had no significant injuries. These guys will be spending the winter with us and each other. Status - pending. 

Anna's Hummingbird

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, January 02, 2017
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We had two featured last week as well, and they are both doing well. This latest hummingbird is in critical condition though.


She was found on the ground, stunned, and may have hit something. We don't see any obvious injuries and she was fluttering and using her wings well once she warmed up. She is however in respiratory distress and getting oxygen. We will have to see how she responds to medication and oxygen treatment.


As the temperatures continue to fall this week, small birds like these are likely to be found in torpor. (This is a way for them to reserve energy.) If you have feeders out for the birds, keep them clean and fresh. If you are able to hook up a heat lamp to an outside power source and leave it on, the birds will thank you! Status: died. 

Two Anna's Hummingbirds

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, December 26, 2016
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We have two female hummingbirds in our care. One arrived on 11/28, with suspected head trauma. The other one came to us on 11/30, after losing all her tail feathers in a cat attack.


Our area has many resident hummingbirds that live here year round. If you have feeders out for these and other birds, please remember to keep them clean. Wet and icy conditions can cause feeders to become moldy and damp. Salmonella and other diseases can be spread by dirty feeders. Keep sugar solutions and seed fresh and clean! Our feathered friends will thank you - and so will we - fewer sick birds mean fewer patients needing our help.


You can see video of one of these hummingbirds here.  Status: one released, one died.

Northern red-shafted flicker

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, December 19, 2016
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He arrived on 12/15 after hitting a window. His head trauma is improving. We currently have 2 Flickers and 5 Red-breasted sapsuckers in our care. These birds represent the various species of woodpecker we have in our area. You can see 2 videos of him eating. Here and Here. Status -released. 

Orphaned opossums

Posted by Sarvey Wildlife on Monday, December 12, 2016
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These two were discovered in Marysville after they crawled out from under a house. They are late "babies" - we don't usually see them this size in December.
One is a boy, and one is a girl - they are just a couple of months old. They were both skinny and cold, and probably were not doing well finding food on their own. They are trying to play "dead" in this photo, as they are quite scared. Status - released. 

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