Patient update - The Cooper’s Hawk that was brought in New Year’s Eve recovered fully from his head trauma and was released today!
Patient Update: This Red Breasted Merganser was released today by Falmouth Animal Control, after having his toe surgically repaired last week. He sustained this injury while he was trapped in a window well.
Happy New Year! This Cooper’s Hawk was our last admit of 2018, patient 2,348! He was brought in after he struck a window and was found circling on the ground. He is being treated for head trauma and already showing signs of improvement. Today he was moved to an outdoor enclosure for a flight test, which he passed with flying colors. We hope to release him in about a week after some flight conditioning. Thank you to everyone who supported us last year. We treated 350 more animals than the previous year and we expect to provide care for even more orphaned, injured and sick wildlife in 2019.
Patient update: This Great Horned Owl 🦉was found last week caught up in fishing line that was holding up a bird feeder. He fortunately didn’t break any bones, but it did cause minor nerve and soft tissue damage. We are monitoring him very closely and are hopeful for a full recovery.
This Red Breasted Merganser Is receiving his daily anti inflammatories and pain medication after receiving stitches for a foot injury. He was admitted after being discovered in a window well. Once he recovers from his injuries, he will be moved to our outside seabird pool and conditioned for his release.
We are happy to report this young Mute Swan is feeling much better today and is spending some time outdoors in the large pool. He was brought in by Taunton Animal Control after he was found very weak and unable to walk. His blood work revealed that he had high levels of lead in blood, and was suffering from lead toxicity. After just one round of chelation therapy, his blood values have returned to almost normal. He is much brighter and has a great appetite. He is due for one more re-check exam, and will hopefully be released with a clean bill of health next week. Did you Know that about 50% of our waterfowl patients have detectable levels of lead in their blood? It can cause a host of different digestive and nervous system problems, and if left untreated can even be fatal. You can help this problem by always cleaning up fishing gear and by avoiding lead sinkers and lead shot whenever possible. It makes a big difference!
Merry Xmas from all of us at CWC! Today our staff is caring for a Red Tailed Hawk that was found unable to fly in Falmouth. Our Vet team discovered that he had been shot, and Dr. Patel was able to successfully remove the bullet and close the wound. He was lucky that the shot did not do significant damage to the bones in his leg. He’ll be closely monitored over the coming days and weeks to make sure it heals appropriately. We’ll keep you posted on his recovery!
The CWC Holiday tree is looking great! Thank you so much to everyone who donated to CWC’s holiday drive so far! These supplies go a long way towards helping care for our patients. 🐾 - If you would like to make a holiday donation to help wildlife in need, follow the link in our bio to our website and our Amazon Wish List. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
This Surf Scoter was brought in last week emaciated. After a full examination, our vet team discovered a toe fracture and a broken clavicle as well. Every day we admit animals that are in need of care and your tax deductible donation can help them! - $25- will help pay for part of the cost of treating a bird, affected by an oil spill $50- supports the cost of fixing a broken shell of a turtle, hit by a car $75- will cover the cost of food for one orphaned baby song bird $1,000- can help cover the surgery and care of a waterfowl that swallowed a fishing hook Please follow the link in our bio or text “Helpwildlife” to 443-21 to donate this holiday!
This common eider was found in the road by @yarmouthdnr Heavy winds from a storm earlier this week blew him ashore. Fortunately, he did not suffer any major wounds and passed his swim test with flying colors. Here he is getting assessed in our seabird pool and enjoying a well deserved meal! (Sound up will make you smile.)
This cage cam is helping us monitor this eastern chipmunk’s ability to eat. She suffered an injury to her cheek pouch after a cat attack. Looks like it’s not slowing her down though. After a course of antibiotics and pain meds she should be good to go! Did you know chipmunks can expand their cheek pouches to three times the size of their head to carry food back to their burrow?
Today we are #thankful that this juvenile greater black back gull is feeling much better after having surgery to remove two fishing hooks and repair a broken wing. - Wishing everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
We are grateful for all those who have donated to help us provide veterinary care to wildlife in need this year! #givingtuesday is right around the corner, we still need your help. This season show your thanks by helping to give the gift of wildlife care. Thank you!
The two Diamondback Terrapins from the Barnstable Headstart Program are growing fast! #90 is on top in this video and #89 is shown at the bottom. They are up to 20 pellets of food a day and although #89 is smaller, s/he is obviously not skipping any meals! #yum #hungry
This juvenile Barn Owl is feeling much better today. In these photos, our veterinary team is administering medication and giving supportive care. He had been found last week on Nantucket, next to an adult that had passed away (who we believe was his parent). He was weak, emaciated and unable to fly. He is still too young to survive on his own, so he will be re-nested once he is healthy enough. #speciesofspecialconcern #massachusetts