Animal Rescue with the Ohio Wildlife Center

– I’m Coyote Peterson, and today I’m gonna take you
behind the scenes at the Ohio Wildlife Center. (percussion music) – The Ohio Wildlife
Center was founded in 1984 by Dr Donald Burton,
and today I’ll be lucky enough to
get a first-hand look at how this incredible
establishment fosters awareness and
appreciation of Ohio’s native wildlife
through rehabilitation, education and wildlife
health studies. Our first stop would be
the wildlife hospital. This is where the journey begins for any animal
that is in trouble. Well we must be
at the right place because it says, No skunks
inside the building. We’re gonna head downstairs and see the rehabilitation
process of some of the wild animals
that live here in Ohio. Come on, let’s go
inside and check it out. Pretty excited to help
rehabilitate some animals today. – Hi, I’m Dr Melinda
Marksz, and I’m the veterinarian for the
Ohio Wildlife Center. – Working alongside
Dr Melinda Marksz, I was about to get
up close with some animals that were
recently admitted. – I’m the clinical
veterinarian here at the Ohio Wildlife Center
and I take care of all the injured, orphaned
wildlife that come in and provide any
veterinarian services that they may need so surgeries,
x-rays, medications, anything that they may need
prior to release is my job. – Great, what sort of stuff
are we gonna see today? – We have quite a full hospital. We have some raptors
today, some turtles and some baby squirrels
for you to see. – Ooh, everybody
loves baby squirrels. We all know that
turtles are my favorite. Alright, let’s
head downstairs and start taking care
of these animals. It’s official, today I’m gonna help rehabilitate some animals. – I’m Kristi Krumlauf, I’m the hospital and pre-release
facility director. – So what’s the first animal
that we’re gonna look at today? – We’re gonna be
looking at a raccoon that has a fractured jaw so we actually have its
mouth taped shut so that we’re not injuring
it any further and then we have a
feeding tube into it. So, we’re gonna
bring that raccoon out and we’re gonna feed it. – Cool, let’s bring
out the raccoon. With Kristi carefully
holding this little guy in place, I’m able to
give him some delicious milk formula through
a feeding tube. Am I going slow enough? – You can go a little
bit faster actually. – Oh, okay. I don’t want it to
shoot out his nose. We all know how easy it is to
make milk come out your nose. – He’s ready to go to sleep now. – Yes, he’s got a belly full of milk and it’s time for his nap. Not too grouchy now
that he’s had his food. So, the tube that was connected
to the end of this syringe, does that go all the way
down into his stomach? – It does, it’s something
called an E-tube so if an animal has an
injury where they’re unable to eat, like
a jaw fracture, we put a feeding tube in
so that we can maintain their calorie requirements
while they’re healing. – Very cool. Next we will look at
a red-shouldered hawk who’s suffering
from a broken wing. – You definitely
have to be careful of the talons, so that’s
the bird’s weapon. – Dr Marksz checks to make sure that everything is
healing properly. – Yeah, we definitely want
to keep his head covered for the most part while
we’re doing the exam. – And then comes my
part, more feeding. Mmm, delicious hawk food. Only this time it’s rat livers. Nothing is more appetizing to
a hawk than fresh rat livers. Ooh, that’s good, isn’t it? – Yeah, he’s probably
ready for another. – Putting cut-up rodent
liver down the throat of a red-shouldered
hawk, now that’s something you haven’t
done every day. It’s cool to feel the meat
just build up in its crop and it’s neat how you feel once
it’s the size of a golf ball, you know it’s had enough to eat and it will slowly
digest that food. Last, but certainly
not least, is probably the most adorable little
critter you have ever seen. Holy cow, that is
a tiny squirrel. Get your camera over
here and look at this. He doesn’t even
have any fur yet. It’s a baby eastern
gray squirrel. Look at that little guy. He’s so little, his
eyes aren’t even open. So, how do you feed
a baby squirrel? – We feed our squirrels
with a syringe and a synthetic
nipple on the end. So this guy.. – Is that a synthetic
squirrel nipple? – This is a synthetic
squirrel nipple. You can use them for
kittens and puppies too. The squirrel’s usually
pretty good eaters so they latch on to
it, and they take to it pretty well the
first couple of times. – This is not what I
imagined when you said cute. This is like cute times ten. A little more Pedialyte
from an eye dropper, and this future tree climber
is ready for his nap. Rest well, little
squirrel if I could put you in my pocket and keep
you forever, I totally would. But one day, you will
return to the wild. So that’s how you
feed a baby squirrel with a synthetic
squirrel nipple. The hospital is where
animals come to get fixed up, and before they can
return to the wild they must first recuperate
at the pre-release facility. This location allows
animals to re weather, forage for food and
recondition their muscles. We aren’t allowed to
get up close with any of these animals because the
goal is to keep them wild. And aclimating to humans,
or cameras for that matter, would be exactly the opposite. Today, we actually have a
great blue heron that is going to be able to be
released back into the wild and we’re going to get to be
a part of that today, right? – Yeah, we do have a heron
that I was able to capture yesterday that was entrapped
into a restaurant that had an outdoor pool and
volleyball court so we are going to be able to get
that guy back outside today. He’s just a little tired
after trying to escape the nets of the
volleyball courts. – While the majority
of the animals do make full recoveries and
return to the wild, there are a few that
will never be able to survive on their own
and must now become ambassadors for their species. These animals reside at
the education facility. The last stop on our
tour and the place where some incredible Ohio
species now live full time and have adapted to
being around humans. – I’m Barbara Ray, the
Wildlife Education Director here at the Ohio
Wildlife Center. Alright, so we have some
animals that are not releasable because
they have some sort of permanent disability that
prevents them from surviving on their own and during
their rehabilitation process it becomes apparent that
these animals are pretty adaptable to being in captivity. And the purpose of
these animals then is to get them up close to
people, help people become a little bit more
aware of what lives in their neighborhood
and learn how to peacefully co-exist
with animals. And really, the best way
to help people be able to do that is to spell
their fears about these animals and show them
that these animals aren’t out to get us at
all, they’re just going about their business
just like you and I. – So the animals here
basically cannot be released back into the
wild and they become ambassadors and
educational representatives for the work that
you guys do here. – That’s right. – Very cool. OWC is a non profit
organization and every year their incredible staff
and countless volunteers work around the clock
to treat nearly 5,000 injured, orphaned,
or sick wild animals. The Ohio Wildlife
Center is open to the public on select days
throughout the year. If you’re in central
Ohio and want to get up close with some of our
amazing local species, this is totally
the place to do it. I can’t thank you guys
enough for having us out here today and taking us on
the rehabilitation trail. I’m Coyote Peterson,
be brave, stay wild. We’ll see you on
the next adventure. (soft music) – If you thought that
was an amazing animal encounter, make sure to
check out these other videos and don’t forget, subscribe
to follow me and the crew on this season of
Breaking Trail. (bird calling)

100 thoughts on “Animal Rescue with the Ohio Wildlife Center

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  4. I am sad now ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ฟ๐Ÿ˜ฟ๐Ÿ˜ฟ๐Ÿ˜ฟ

  5. ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿน๐Ÿฐ๐ŸฆŠ๐Ÿป๐Ÿผ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿท๐Ÿธ๐Ÿต๐Ÿ”๐Ÿง๐Ÿค๐Ÿฆ†๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿฆ‰๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿ›๐Ÿด๐Ÿข๐Ÿ๐ŸฆŽ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฟ

  6. Coyote:"putting cut up rodent liver down the throat of a red shoulder hawk bet that's something you haven't done every day"

    Me:I cant even feed my dog…

  7. Coyote, Mark, and Mario you guys help people understand animals and I think they really appreciate that.

  8. wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee love you coyote you and talor Nicole dean are my favriots we have my leopard gecko and my cat my brother has a crested gecko and a dog and my mom and dad have a kittenwere big fans of mostly me…โ€ฆโ€ฆ..

  9. OMG I LOVE RACCOONS SO MICH THEY ARE MY FAV ANIMALLL AHHHHHHHHHโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’Ÿ

  10. Coyote One day will like to meet up with you some day plus my name is Cheyenne Jester ๐Ÿ˜ŠI love your videos and one more thing before I go You are so funny๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜Š I love you ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’˜

  11. We have a family of squirrels that have moved into the top of our shed. They ripped a board off and got in during the winter. Is there someone we could call that would take them, if we didn't want to hurt them? We're in PA.

  12. I want to work there……..or at least visit. I am a Licensed Veterinary Technician! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’™

  13. So cute that raccoon at first it was so cute I feel bad for those animals I like your videos I watch them like every single day I like you I live in Ohio State Logan Road out by my house is 93 South

  14. I love saving and studying animals. Whenever I find a spider in my house I get my parents to help me get the spider outside. Also if I find a fly or a moth in my house this is what I say:

    Welcome little one! Make yourself at home!

    Iโ€™m not kidding I actually say this.

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