This angry cardinal's getting a treatment and bath after tangling with a glue trap yesterday. The homeowner was horrified when he saw what his glue trap caught and brought her to us immediately. Thankfully he plans to never use these devices again. Spread the word: please never use glue traps. They're so terrible for wildlife!! This cardinal lucked out by not getting covered in glue but she lost a lot of primary flight feathers and her tail feathers. She'll stay with us for several weeks while she grows those out but it'll keep her from her mate at the start of breeding season. For those wondering, the cotton swab stick lets the cardinal bite something besides us during the treatments. 😉 (They have terrible bites for such small birds!) If you'd like to donate to help wildlife like this cardinal, please visit us in person or our website:
We can also use items in kind such as original Dawn Liquid dish soap, kale, dog food, apples, grapes, romaine lettuce, and more. See our site for details. Thank you!
We were recently called out to help a pelican in distress by the Harbormaster of Laishley Marina. Upon arrival, we discovered a juvenile pelican resting near the shore of the Peace River with quite a large "lump" in it's throat. To the amazement of onlookers, our rescuer reached in and gently removed a very large fish which had been filleted and carelessly fed to the pelican by an ill-informed fisherman.
Pelicans can be the worst of beggars when given the opportunity for free food, but they certainly don't understand their limitations. We would urge fishermen to not feed the birds their garbage since it can be so detrimental. When a fish has had the majority of it's flesh removed only bones and spiky fins are left behind. The carcass is stripped of any nutritious meat and what is left is the equivalent of a very large sandspur, which snags easily on the soft tissue of a pelicans pouch and throat.
This particular pelican was unable to eat because of the prickly fish lodged in it's throat and also suffered damage to its pouch. Luckily, the holes in it's pouch were not so large that it should cause feeding issues in the future. After a few days of R & R at the Center, it was more than willing to be on it's way back into the wild.
Sometimes the injured animals bring themselves to the hospital!
Yesterday, visitors alerted us to a juvenile pelican at our pelican pond with a fishing hook and line caught on it. The pelican had had the fishing hook in the skin of his neck for awhile and was lucky he wasn't trailing a long line. Once the hook was removed and he checked out to be in good health, we sent him back out again. Now he can tell all his buddies about his alien abduction!
First Release of 2017! This Beautiful Double Crested Cormorant patient was admitted to the Center in mid-December affected by Red Tide Toxins, went through some intensive care and has now lived to tell the tale. A BIG Thank You to our Incredible Hospital Rehabilitation Staff, our Amazing Volunteers and the Generous Donors who devote themselves to our Mission and Cause. We can't do this without you!
Did you know among wildlife rehabbers that cardinals are known for their nasty bites? Whenever we handle cardinals, they get a cotton swab stick to latch onto, instead of our fingers. This female cardinal is one of our non-releasable residents getting her annual exam. She was so mad (how dare we touch her!) that she held onto her stick the whole time.
Update: The bald eagle is improving!
Thank you to Audubon Bird of Prey Center in Maitland, FL for quick results on lead toxicity blood tests. We were glad to learn she tested negative for lead! However, she's still weak and hasn't been able to stand much this past week. She's being force fed for many of her feedings since she's not eating fully on her own yet.
BUT...look at her now! She's been moved to a small outdoor flight cage, standing and perching and is more active than she's been all week. ❤. Stay tuned for updates. She still has a way to go to get back to her normal status. We couldn't do it without the help from our volunteers and supporters!
PRWC admitted this adult bald eagle over the weekend. She (we assume female by the large size) was seen by concerned residents and soon picked up by Florida Fish and Wildlife on the side of Highway 31 in Charlotte County. She was weak and unable to fly off but had a crop full of food. We first thought she'd been hit by a car, especially since there was a dead gator nearby, what she was likely scavenging on. She hasn't improved with treatment as we'd hoped and is still very lethargic. We're waiting on bloodwork results for suspected lead poisoning.
We don't see much lead poisoning in our region but it's possible for birds migrating through to have lead in their systems, often scavenged from deer kills with lead shot or lead fishing gear. Your donations support rehabilitation for wildlife like this eagle!
It's the holiday season and we're going full steam in our hospital this week!
Even though we're unexpectedly busy with sick patients, we were excited to release several animals yesterday. Four raccoons (including a juvenile who came in with severe mange), two young cottontails (one caught by a dog and one that fell into a canal), three young opossums (the last opossum babies of 2016!), and a red shouldered hawk who got hit by a car and stuck in the grill of the vehicle. What a holiday week it's been!
An artist's rendering of our new building.