Spring 2017

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This young beaver was caught in a leg hold snare trap and left to die a slow, painful death.  Stephanie was jogging by and could see he was in pain and not able to free himself.  So she called WILDSIDE.  A nearby land owner and a DNR Conservation Officer managed to cut him free but he had to be transported with the trap still on his foot to us.  With your donations, this young beaver will make a full recovery after having had x-rays and wound care that was quite extensive due to the trap injuries.  

As we begin yet another spring at Wildside, it is important to remember about all of the baby animals you may come into contact with that may or may not need your help!  Some general recommendations are below, but see Wildlife Emergencies fore more information!

  • Call WILDSIDE for assistance at 517-663-6153.
  • Use a heating pad on low under the box you have contained the mammal in.
  • You can pour rice into a sock and tie off the sock. Heat that in the microwave for a minute and a half.
  • You can put hot water into a soda pop or water bottle in a sock. CHECK often as the water cools quickly.  Most mammals’ body temperatures are warmer than ours (about 102 degrees)
  • It is important that the baby be able to move away from the heat source.
  • For smaller mammal species, a secure box small or a smaller cat carrier will do with a small box inside it.
  • For larger mammal species, use a larger box or pet carrier with t-shirts on the bottom. Put air holes in the box before you put the baby inside.
  • Place the container in a room away from all household activity (pets, children, etc.).
  • Prevent the possible transmission of parasites or disease by not letting children handle wild animals or letting them near pets.
  • Do not forget to continue to provide supplemental heat during transport to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
  • Do not try to feed any animal you find.  There are special formulas made specifically for wild animals.  Human baby milk, or cow’s milk can kill a wild animal.

For injured animals, a box or carrier in a quiet place is best until the animal can be transported to WILDSIDE.  This injured Snowy Owl was hit by a semi near Grand Rapids.  She has a fractured wing that will hopefully heal well so that she can be released.

Please remember the following as we head into spring:

DO NOT FEED!

DO provide supplemental warmth as explained.

Call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator: WILDSIDE Rehabilitation Center,  517-663-6153, Eaton Rapids.

Wildlife parents DO NOT abandon babies that have been handled by humans.   They just lick off our scent.

Transport all orphaned, injured or ill mammals to a rehabilitator as soon as possible.

Build It Beaver Update November 25, 2016

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The baby beavers have GROWN!  Both Patrick and Molly weigh almost 25 pounds each now.  They spent the summer and fall in their outdoor pool, in the tub in the clinic and in their cage.  Now for the winter, we will be forced to give up any pool time as we have no way to keep the water clean and ice free.  They are 6 months old now and are amazing creatures!  We are blessed to share their lives with them!

BuildItBeaver Update September 18, 2016

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Molly now weighs 10 pounds and Patrick weighs 15 pounds.  They eat a variety of vegetables including dandelion greens, beets, carrots, sweet potato, leaf lettuce, swiss chard, kale, spinach, as well as apple leaves and branches and their favorite, willow leaves and branches.img_1105

 

BuildItBeaver Update August 15, 2016

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Patrick and Molly are quickly outgrowing their bathtub, so we purchased a used pool…they LOVE it!  It gives them space to swim, dive and play!  Soon the pool will be too small and we won’t be able to use it for the winter.  Please support our #BuildItBeaver campaign to raise funds for a beaver facility that will allow us to rehabilitate nature’s amazing engineers..the North American Beaver!

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#BuiltItBeaver: Patrick’s Story

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Patrick came to WILDSIDE on June 3rd after being rescued in Niles, MI by a nice couple who found him on the side of the road.  No beaver lodges in site, Nick, the rescuer, took the beaver home and started to research how to care for a baby North American Beaver.  He spent Memorial Day weekend caring for him and called WILDSIDE  on Tuesday looking for help.  Nick brought Patrick to us, along with a stuffed animal walrus that Patrick still loves and nuzzles with today!imageimageimage

#BuildItBeaver

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Hello everyone, thanks for visiting!  WILDSIDE has had the amazing opportunity of rehabilitating beavers in the past and we have learned a lot!  After one attempt a few years ago at building an enclosure, we realize that rehabilitating beavers will take a specialized facility, none of which exists in Michigan, so the fundraising campaign #BuildItBeaver has been launched!!

Please visit: www.gofundme/builditbeaver  for more information.

Above, is a picture of our 2nd baby beaver  taken by her rescuer, Jennifer, in Presque Isle county.  Cold, wet and alone, this young beaver had survived a storm and had washed up on shore.  Jennifer looked for a beaver lodge and finding none, she called for help.   I received the call from Jennifer late one Saturday evening.  We met the next morning. Jennifer had done a great job of keeping the baby warm and comfortable over night.  Here are some pictures of Molly and her new friend Patrick (our first baby beaver..his story next time!).IMG_0725

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Spring 2016

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Baby Fox Squirrel being fed a special formula by a steady handed volunteer. We feed with a syringe and a nipple

As the weather turns warmer and the last of the snow melts, we are preparing for spring babies: squirrels, woodchucks, songbirds, bunnies, owlets, and others.  This is a good time to review when and how to rescue animals that need help.

                      How to Rescue A Baby Bird

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Nestling Red-bellied Woodpeckers in a “nest” made with a toilet paper lined plastic dish.

 

 

 

 

If you know for a fact that the parent birds are gone, there is no way to put the babies back, or the babies are cold and limp, then they need to be rescued. Remove the babies from the nest.  Keep them in a small, dark, covered box with holes punched in the lid. Warm the babies by positioning a heating pad, set on LOW, under the box. Other ways to warm the babies are to fill a ziplock bag or rubber glove with warm water and place it in the box. Do NOT put fresh green grass in the box because the moisture in it will chill them. You may line the box with paper towels. Do NOT pet or handle the babies. They may gape (open their beaks) but do NOT feed them anything including milk, water, honey, egg or homemade formula because their stomachs will not tolerate these items and it is easy to drown a baby bird with fluid. Call a Wildlife Rehabilitator for help as soon as possible.

Baby Bunnies

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If a nest of baby rabbits is accidentally uncovered by a lawnmower, rake, shovel, or weed whacker, carefully check to make sure the bunnies are not hurt, cut, or bleeding. If they are NOT hurt, put them back in the nest and cover them up. When putting bunnies back in the nest (especially older ones), they will “pop” up trying to hop. This is normal.  If they are injured or appear lethargic, follow these instructions.  The real test is the body temperature and activity of the babies. If they are cold and limp or injured, then they need to be rescued. Remove the babies from the nest. Keep them in a small, dark, covered box  with holes punched in the lid.  Add a  towel or piece of clean material for the bunnies to snuggle and hide in.  Warm the bunnies by positioning a heating pad, set on LOW, under HALF the box. Other ways to warm the babies are to fill a ziploc bag or rubber glove with warm water and place it in the box. Do NOT put fresh green grass in the box because the moisture in it will chill them. Do NOT pet or handle the bunnies because they stress easily. They may look calm but they are actually just very scared. Do NOT feed the bunnies anything including any kind of milk, water, honey, eggs or homemade formula because their stomachs will not tolerate it. Call a Wildlife Rehabilitator for help as soon as possible.

 

Other baby mammals, such as woodchucks and opossums  

Young opossums found on the road next to the dead mom.

Young opossums found on the road next to the dead mom.

Baby mammals must be kept warm. Most cannot keep themselves warm until they near weaning.

  • Use a heating pad on low under the box you have contained the mammal in.
  • You can pour rice into a sock and tie off the sock. Heat that in the microwave for a minute and a half.
  • You can put hot water into a soda pop or water bottle in a sock. CHECK often as the water cools quickly.  Most mammals’ body temperatures are warmer than ours (about 102 degrees)
  • It is important that the baby be able to move away from the heat source.
  • For smaller mammal species, a secure box small or a smaller cat carrier will do with a small box inside it.
  • For larger mammal species, use a larger box or pet carrier with t-shirts on the bottom. Put air holes in the box before you put the baby inside.
  • Place the container in a room away from all household activity (pets, children, etc.).
  • Prevent the possible transmission of parasites or disease by not letting children handle wild animals or letting them near pets.
  • Do not forget to continue to provide supplemental heat during transport to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
  • Do not try to feed any animal you find.  There are special formulas made specifically for wild animals.  Human baby milk, or cow’s milk can kill a wild animal.

Young Raptors (owls, hawks, falcons)

Young American Kestrels belong to the falcon family.

Young American Kestrels belong to the falcon family.

Young raptors that fall from nests, are caught by other animals and injured and are orphaned if something happens to the parents, are often brought into rehabilitation.  If you find a baby or juvenile raptor, locate a box and place  a towel in the bottom.  Poke some holes in the box,  and wearing gloves pick up the bird using a another towel to wrap around it to prevent you or the bird from being injured.  Raptors have sharp talons and beaks and can grab or bite.  Place the bird in the box and contact a rehabilitator immediately.  Keep the bird warm, do not feed it, or handle it.

Baby animals and birds require specialized care and food.  It is important to call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator as soon as a wild animal is found and needs assistance.

WILDSIDE Rehabilitation Center (Eaton Rapids, MI ) 517-663-6153

Other rehabilitators within Michigan can be found at: http://www.michigandnr.com/dlr/

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