Critters Uncaged: UI Wildlife Medical Clinic


Tim: IN TODAY’S CRITTERS UNCAGED, MAYBE YOU’VE TAKEN AN INJURED ANIMAL YOU FOUND OR ALONG THE ROAD TO THE ANIMAL WILDLIFE CLINIC. WHAT HAPPENS TO THE ANIMAL ONCE THEY’RE IN MEDICAL CARE? THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS MEDICAL WILDLIFE CLINIC JOINS ME WITH INSIGHT ON WHAT HAPPENS POST-DELIVERY. SOMEONE FINDS AN ANIMAL. TYPICALLY BIRDS OR A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING? Guest: WE SEE A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING. WE SEE NATIVE WILDLIFE FROM ILLINOIS. EVERYTHING FROM DEER FAWNS IN SUMMERTIME. PLENTY OF SQUIRRELS AND BUNNIES. OTHER MAMMALS. LOTS AND LOTS OF BIRDS FROM SONG BIRDS TO RAPTORS, GEESE, OCCASIONAL PELICAN. WE SEE REPTILES. WE SEE SNAKES AND TURTLES MOST FREQUENTLY. AND THE OCCASIONAL FROG. Tim: YOU SAID PELICAN. I HEARD PENGUIN. I WAS CONFUSED FOR A WHILE. THAT WAS ON ME, NOT YOU. Guest: WE’RE YET TO SEE A PENGUIN IN THE AREA. Tim: A QUESTION, BEFORE WE GET TO WHAT HAPPENS, HOW DOES SOMEONE GET A LIVE DEER TO YOU? Guest: WE ONLY SEE DEER FAWNS. Tim: BUT STILL. YES. SO MOST OF THE ANIMALS, JUST LIKE FAWN OR OTHERWISE, THE ANIMALS COMING TO US ARE INCAPACITATED AT SOME POINT. SO THEY ARE SEVERELY DEBILITATED ENOUGH THAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS ABLE TO SCOOP THEM UP, GET THEM INTO A BOX INTO THEIR CAR AND THING THEM TO US. Tim: GOT IT. OKAY. SO WHAT HAPPENS ONCE SOMEONE BRINGS AN ANIMAL TO YOU GUYS? THE PROCESS FROM WHEN YOU GET THEM TO WHEN THEY’RE RELEASED INTO THE WILD. Guest: FROM WHEN WE GET THEM, THEY’LL GO TO THE FRONT DESK AND FILL OUT A FORM. DETAILING THE HISTORY OF WHERE THEY FOUND IT. AND THEN, WE COME AND WE CAN TALK TO THEM AND GET AN IDEA HOW THIS ANIMAL CAME TO THE FOUND. AND HOW IT WAS INCAPACITATED. AND WE TAKE IT OVER TO OUR CLINIC AND DO A FULL PHYSICAL EXAM TO TRY TO DETERMINE WHAT TREATMENT NEEDS TO HAPPEN FOR THIS ANIMAL TO BE RELEASED AGAIN. Tim: WHAT KIND OF RECOMMENDATIONS DO YOU HAVE ON WHAT SHOULD AND SHOULDN’T COME TO YOU? I’M SURE IT’S A CASE BY CASE SITUATION. BUT THERE’S THINGS YOU SHOULD ABSOLUTELY YES THING THIS IN. AND CERTAIN THINGS, DON’T TRY. Guest: ONE THING IS, WE NEVER WANT ANYONE INJURED WORKING WITH ANIMALS. SO IF YOU ARE — FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU SEE AN ANIMAL NEAR A HIGHWAY. IF IT’S TOO DANGEROUS FOR YOU TO GET TO THE ANIMAL, PLEASE DO NOT RESCUE THEM. WE CARE ABOUT YOUR SAFETY JUST AS MUCH AS THE ANIMALS. THE OTHER THING IS, IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, GIVE US A CALL. WE CAN COACH YOU THROUGH IF YOU FOUND SOME ORPHANED BUNNIES. WHETHER THEY’RE GOOD ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO STAY ON THEIR OWN. OR WHETHER THEY NEED TO COME IN HERE. WE CAN HELP YOU GET IN TOUCH WITH A WILDLIFE REHABTATOR. WE’RE HAPPY TO HELP AND WE’RE A CALL AWAY. Tim: DO ALL ANIMALS GO BACK INTO THE WILD IF THEY CAN BE REHABBED ENOUGH? WHAT’S YOUR DETERMINATION GETTING THEM FROM YOUR FACILITY BACK OUT? Guest: OUR GOAL IS ALWAYS RELEASE. SO OUR GOAL IS TO GET THE ANIMAL BACK INTO THE WILD. WE WORK REALLY HARD TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. BUT THE ANIMAL HAS TO BE ABLE TO DEFEND ITSELF. IT HAS TO BE ABLE TO GET FOOD AND MEET THOSE MILESTONES. AND SO IT’S UP TO US TO BE ABLE TO GET THEM THERE. IF WE CAN’T GET THEM THERE BECAUSE THEIR INJURIES ARE TOO SEVERE, TO HUMANELY EUTHANIZE THEM AND TAKE THEM OUT OF SUFFERING. Tim: YOU DON’T SEND THEM HOME WITH ERIKA. Guest: I AVOID IT. Tim: IT’S TEMPTING. YOU KNOW WHAT, THIS IS BETTER AT MY PLACE. Guest: MOST OF THE TIME THEY HAVE STRONG OPINIONS OF US, AND WOULD LIKE TO BE BACK IN THE WILD! Tim: I IMAGINE MOST OF THEM WOULD. THAT’S HELPFUL INFORMATION. IT’S COOL YOU’RE DOING THAT ON A DAILY BASIS. DO YOU SEE ON AN AVERAGE MONTH? Guest: 2,000 ANIMALS A YARE. MOST IN THE SUMMERTIME. WE’RE STAFFED BY STUDENTS WHO GET AN EDUCATIONAL BENEFIT BEING IN THE CLINIC. WHETHER THEY’RE INTERESTED IN ZOO AND WILDLIFE OR OTHER SPECIALTIES IN VETERINARY MEDICINE ALONG THE WAY. IT’S A HUGE BENEFIT TO OUR STUDENTS. ALL OF WHAT WE DO IS THANKS TO VOLUNTEERS AND DONORS AND PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY WHO ARE WILLING TO HELP. IF ANYONE WANTS TO LEARN MORE, THEY CAN VISIT US ON FACEBOOK OR OUR WEBSITE TO FIGURE OUT HOW THEY CAN HELP. Tim: WE WILL CONNECT YOU WITH ALL OF THAT STUFF ON OUR WEBSITE AS WELL.

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