2015 A Record Year For Minnesota Wildlife Rehabilitation Center


THE UNION ADDRESS. WE WILL HAVE LIVE COVERAGE STARTING AT 8:00. AND THE LATEST ON THE NEWS AT 10:00. 2015 SAW A RECORD NUMBER — NUMBER OF INJURED AND SICK WILD ANIMALS NURSED BACK TO HELP — BACK TO HELP AT THE REHABILITATION CENTER. FOLKS BROUGHT IN NEARLY 12,000 MAMMALS, BIRDS AND REPTILES IN NEED OF CARE. THAT IS A 30% JUMP FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR, WHICH WAS ALSO A RECORD. WHAT IT SHOWS IS AN AWARENESS BY PEOPLE TO TRY TO GET MOTHER NATURE A HAND. AS BILL HUDSON SHOWS US, EVEN OUR STATE BIRD WAS IN NEED OF HELP AFTER MISSING THE FALL MIGRATION. NOT EVERYONE HAS THE LUXURY OF ESCAPING WINTER’S ICY GRIP. WHEN THIS GOLDEN EYED DUCK WAS FOUND ON A HIGHWAY UNABLE TO MIGRATE, IT WAS BROUGHT TO THE WILD FIVE — WILDLIFE REVOCATION CENTER. THIS VETERINARIAN SAYS WATERFOWL CAN MISTAKE WET ROADS FOR LAKES. THEY CAN GREATLY INJURE THEMSELVES BY LANDING ON THE PAVEMENT. SOMETIMES THEY HAVE MINOR SCRAPES, BUMPS AND BRUISES. BUT SHE IS UNDERWEIGHT AND WILL NEED TO FEAST ON MINNOWS. THIS TIME OF YEAR, IT IS VERY CONCERNING. SHE NEEDS TO GET TO WHERE SHE CAN GET MORE FOR NATURAL FOOD SOURCE. IT IS A CLINIC’S MISSION TO MEND ANY SICK OR WILD CRITTER — FROM FLYING SQUIRREL, TO A COYOTE WITH MANGE. TOUGH TO FEND OFF WINTER WITHOUT YOUR FUR COAT. BESTER’S CASELOAD WAS UP 30%. MOST OF THEM ARE STRUGGLING. HE DIRECTS THE CENTER AND SAYS THESE SEVEN SWANS ARE BEING TREATED FOR LEAD POISONING. THEY BECOME VERY DEPRESSED, LETHARGIC — WE HAVE HAD SWANS THAT HAVE COME IN AND HAVE FROZEN INTO THE ICE. AND WHEN TWO LOONS MISS THE MIGRATION, THE CLINIC KILLED THEM. WE HAVE A PROCESS WE CALL — EMPTYING — WHICH IS IMPLANTING NEW FEATHERS. STAYING TRUE TO THE MISSION. RELEASING THEM. A COMMERCIAL FLIGHT TO JOIN THEIR FAMILIES IN FLORIDA. WHILE THE BIG JUMP IN ANIMALS IS NOT CHEAP, IT COSTS THE CLINIC WELL OVER $1 MILLION TO PAY FOR THE MEDICINE, TESTING AND FOOD. OF COURSE THE STAFFING AS WELL. THAT BUDGET IS SUPPORTED ENTIRELY THROUGH PRIVATE DONATIONS. THEY DO A NICE JOB. WHO NEW ABOUT FLYING SQUIRREL? IN MINNESOTA, WE HAVE FLYING SQUIRRELS? DON’T YOU SEE THEM ALL THE TIME? WE SEE THEM ALL THE TIME. YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE. YOU NEED TO GET OUT MORE. NOT IN THIS WEATHER. I WAS NOT AWARE EITHER.

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