First Flying Squirrel of the season! He was found on the ground at a nearby residence, and had suffered several minor injuries from a suspected cat attack. In addition to antibiotics and wound management, this little guy needs to be fed every two hours until his eyes open for the first time. #signsofspring #flyingsquirrel #capecod #wildlifephotography #wildliferehab #veterinarymedicine #newenglandwildlife #capewildlifecenter #cwc
We hope you all got to spend some quality family time together over this school break! This mother Virginia opossum (and her 9 babies) have made incredible progress since her jaw surgery three weeks ago. Today she is eating on her own and working hard on her parenting duties. This was the scene our veterinary team walked in on when they opened the cage to do the morning medications, cleaning and feeding. we are happy to report the surgery site looks good, and they will all be moved to a larger enclosure to continue their development, before release back to the wild. #aprilvacation #schoolbreak #opossum #capewildlifecenter #cwc #veterinarymedicine #wildlifeconservation #familytime #capecod
This Great Horned Owlet was brought in by the Bourne Department of Natural Resources after he was attacked by crows, and fell out his nest. In the process he ruptured multiple air sacs which caused the space under his skin to inflate with air, much like a balloon! Birds have a series of air sacs throughout their body that play a major role in their breathing system. Oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange still occurs in the lungs, like in mammals, however then that oxygen rich air is constantly circulated through the air sacs even while new air is still being exchanged. This system is why respiration is much more efficient in birds then mammals. Additionally, some of these air sacs communicate with larger bones making them air filled, or pneumatic. Pneumatic bones make birds lighter and are one of the evolutionary adaptations for flight. When an air sac or pneumatic bone ruptures, it can cause air to leak out and get trapped under the skin. With supportive treatment and care the air sacs often will heal on their own over time. Despite his condition, this owlet has a great appetite and is very bright and alert. We will continue to monitor him closely over the coming days. Once he recovers we will try to find him a surrogate nest in the wild so he can continue his development.
PATIENT UPDATE: “Pierce” the Canada Goose continues to recover after emergency surgery to remove an arrow from his chest. The NEWCS vet care team is providing nutritional support, pain meds, antibiotics, and wound care with a honey bandage treatment. He has also started his first round of chelation therapy to lower the level of lead in his body. Our hope is he’ll be more stable after this first course of treatments and can undergo further surgery to clean his wound. Our vet care team discovered that the arrow fractured a portion of his keel bone. The keel bone helps anchor the pectoral muscles which are essential to flight, and helps protect the internal organs behind the bone. If this arrow had landed even a few inches further into the body, it would have likely been a fatal shot. Due to his multiple injuries, infection, lead poisoning, and muscle trauma, Pierce’s prognosis is still uncertain, but for now he is resting comfortably. We'll continue to do everything we can to help him return to the wild. Thank you all for your interest and support! If you’re interested in donating to help pay for the medicine, medical care, and nutrition support that Pierce is receiving, Please help by following the link in our bio. We’ll continue to keep you posted on his recovery. #piercethegoose #canadagoose #capecod #fallriver #wildlifeconservation #wildliferehab #veterinarymedicine #goose
***Patient update*** Mamma opossum and her babies are doing great! It has been only 2 weeks since our vet team surgically repaired her broken jaw and she has already started eating on her own. Since she and her babies are all up in weight we were also able to remove her feeding tube. Once the jaw is healed we will move the whole family to an outdoor enclosure before release. #awesomepossum #marsupial #cwc #wildlifeconservation #veterinarian #vettech #wildliferehab
This Canada Goose was admitted after he was safely captured in Fall River by a biologist from @mass.wildlife ! He had evaded capture for over a week and was spotted by several local residents who were able to give updates on his location. Currently the goose is stable, but not out of the woods yet. The arrow that was surgically removed yesterday morning caused moderate damage to the pectoral muscles. These muscles are vital for flight. It was necessary to remove the arrow quickly, and he likely would not have survived in the wild much longer without treatment. Over the next few weeks our vet team will be providing wound care, antibiotics, and pain meds to prevent infection, and reduce inflammation as the tissue heals. Preliminary blood work also indicated the goose has elevated levels of lead in his blood. His treatment protocol will also include medication to help remove the lead from his body. We will be closely monitoring him over the coming days and weeks, and will keep you posted on his recovery! #goose #capewildlifecenter #fallriver #arrow #wildlifeconservation #veterinarymedicine #wildliferehab #luckyduck #capecod #breakingnews
This Northern saw-whet owl struck and cracked a drivers windshield in Plymouth. The driver stopped and found him, mouse still in his talons, lying motionless on the hood of the car. Despite the debilitated condition of the owl, the finder put him in a box and brought him into his home, expecting that he would not survive the night. The next morning he went to check on the owl and to his surprise the owl burst out of the box and flew around his basement! That evening members of the Cape Wildlife Center Veterinary team visited the home and were able to safely catch the owl. After a few days of treatment in the CWC hospital the owl was released back to the wild, happy and healthy!
PATIENT UPDATE: New England Wildlife Centers’ Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center is currently caring for 8 bats who were disturbed from their torpor over the winter. Torpor is a state of decreased physiological activity and allows animals to survive when food is harder to get. Usually it means an animal has a reduced body temperature and burns calories at a low rate (because they are sleeping). The bats are from three of the 7 species of bats that live in Massachusetts – hoary bat, silver haired bat, and big brown bat. Bats need insects to survive, so bats in the wild won’t be ready to wake up and start flying until the mosquitos are out again – when they’ll feast on hundreds of mosquitos in one night! NEWCS' veterinary care team will keep them safe and assist feed them until then. The bats in the hospital were accidentally disturbed mostly when people were cleaning out a garage or attic. If you find a bat in your home, call your local animal control officer, Dept. of public health, or New England Wildlife Centers for guidance. For your and the bat’s safety, don’t try to catch a bat on your own! #SignsOfSpring #bats #wildlife #barnstable #marthasvineyard #nantucket #capecod #wildliferescue #veterinarymedicine
We weren’t kidding when we said baby season is here! We have had over 20 baby squirrels admitted in just a few days. Please remember if you find a nest of babies please try to reunite them with mom before bringing them in for care. Babies have a much higher survival rate with mom, especially if they are so small that their eyes are still closed. Mom will come back even 24 hours later. Human scent does not deter them. That is a myth. To attempt a reunion, put babies in a box or basket with warm blankets and a hot water bottle (Make sure bottle isn’t directly against babies, it could burn them). Place them near where you found them and give mom 24 hours to return to get them. If the babies are crying, record the sound on your phone and play it several times. This encourages mom to come back sooner. If babies are still there after 24 hours, then can give us a call to see if its time to bring them in for care. We only have so much space, and we need to reserve those spots for babies that are truly orphaned. Of course if they look injured please call us for help right away.
Baby Season Has OFFICIALLY BEGUN at the Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center!! Our staff, students, and volunteers are standing by to help all the little critters in need this year. And remember if you find a baby animal always check to make sure it’s really orphaned before taking it from the wild. If your unsure give us a call and our trained staff will be happy to help! #Babyseason2019 #squirrelsofinstagram #getready
***Patient update*** This barred owl came in last week with ocular trauma after being hit by a car. The iris of his right eye was torn as a result of the accident but we are happy to report that in only a week it is healed and fully functional. Thanks to the eye meds and supportive care all the inflammation has resolved as well. He passed his flight test and is now spending some time in our outdoor flight enclosure before release! #wildlife #owl #wildlifemedicine #barnstable #barredowl #opthomology #optometry #owleyes
This Barred Owl was admitted yesterday to our hospital after he was hit by a car on Monday evening. Our veterinary team discovered he suffered trauma to one of his eyes. Pictured here you can see a damaged iris. The iris is the part of the eye that controls the diameter of the pupil and therefore the amount of light that reaches the back of the eye. In a healthy eye, the brown iris is normally circular, but in our patient you can see it is traumatized and now tear drop shaped. His eyes were also stained (green dye) to check for corneal ulcers but fortunately we did not find any. We will be monitoring his eye closely and he is being treated with a topical and systemic pain meds. We’ll keep you posted on his progress, thanks!
Hello friends, today we need YOUR help! We got the sad news today that our x-ray processor and computer have outlived their shelf-life and can no longer be repaired. This equipment is absolutely essential to the care of our patients. From seabirds that have swallowed fishing hooks to foxes that have broken legs, we depend on radiographs to help us diagnose and treat hundreds of different afflictions and injuries. We need to raise $5,000 to replace this equipment, and with the busy season right around the corner the timing has never been more critical. Will you take a moment to help our hospital treat thousands of wildlife patients in need this year, and make a donation to help us reach this goal? To make a donation please follow the link in our bio, thank you!!!
Thanks to a joint effort by both of New England Wildlife Centers’ hospitals this Great Horned Owl is able to fly free again. The owl was found by Brewster Animal Control tangled in fishing line hanging by his wing. The entanglement caused severe tissue swelling and nerve damage. After several weeks of cage rest and supportive care at the Center’s Barnstable location, the Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center, followed by flight conditioning at the Thomas E. Curtis Wildlife Hospital's large flight enclosure in Weymouth, he is fully recovered and can now return to the wild! The photos here show how he was found, The severe wing droop he had following the accident, and finally his corrected posture after completing his treatment. The Video was taken yesterday as he was released back to the wild on Cape Cod.
Are you are college student looking for a great summer internship? The Cape Wildlife Center offers an interactive, hands on program that allows you to work side by side with veterinary technicians, wildlife rehabilitators, and wildlife veterinarians to help treat orphaned, injured, and sick wildlife. During the internship you will learn how to care for hundred of species of animals including birds, mammals, and reptiles. Pictured below are just some of our past interns assist feeding an osprey, learning how to draw blood on a gray fox, practicing drilling for turtle shell repairs on a shark jaw, and syringe feeding orphaned mice. These are just some of the exciting experiences you will gain during your summer internship at Cape Wildlife. For questions on how to apply please email email@example.com