May 19, 2015
When a Black-crowned Night-Heron was brought to the SFWC wildlife hospital with a badly injured wing, veterinarians found his treatment especially challenging. Not only would the small size of the fractured bone and the threat of infection from a wound over the fracture complicate healing, there was the additional challenge of ensuring this shy, delicate bird was able to eat and heal despite the stress of captivity.
April 28, 2015
South Florida Wildlife Center is incredibly lucky to have multiple, extremely talented, veterinarians on our staff. And with one of our most recent patients—a Ring-billed Gull—having more than one veterinarian on staff proved essential to this patient’s recovery.
March 25, 2015
The South Florida Wildlife Center cares for wildlife from all around South Florida. We are incredibly fortunate to have three wildlife rescue ambulances for cases where the injured animal cannot be brought to us or the animal’s condition requires retrieval by an expert in wildlife rescue. Such was the case with an injured pelican brought in by one of our rescue teams after someone reported seeing him in distress.
February 26, 2015
Growing up can be hard to do, especially if you’re a tiny orphaned flying squirrel. But luckily for this baby squirrel, she found her way into the expert hands of our South Florida Wildlife Center nursery staff.
January 28, 2015
This past fall, one of our wildlife rescue ambulances brought in a Great Blue Heron with a severe trauma to one of his wings. It was a worrisome case, not only because of the extent of the injury—the bone was exposed—but also because it was unclear whether the bird would be able to fly again.
November 24, 2014
The South Florida Wildlife Center is equipped with several rescue ambulances to assist with wildlife rescues around South Florida. A few months ago, our team was dispatched to a fishing pier where some lifeguards had found what they thought was an injured Brown Pelican. But it turned out to be a much more surprising rescue than that when it turned out to be a Brown Booby.
October 31, 2014
Pileated woodpeckers are one of the most distinct forest birds in North America. As large as crows, with a bold white stripe down their neck and a flaming red crest, their unique look is hard to miss. Like all woodpeckers, they hunt for food by drilling holes in tree trunks and need to be very adept at flying between, climbing and gripping onto trees. So when a young pileated woodpecker was brought into the South Florida Wildlife Center with broken tail feathers and nails, we were concerned about his ability to feed and fend for himself.
September 23, 2014
Fishing is a popular pastime in South Florida, but many people who fish don’t realize their bait may be enticing to more than just the fish. It is a common occurrence for birds to go after a baited hook thinking it is easy food, resulting in them either swallowing the hook or getting injured or tangled up in the hook and line, and many of these birds end up at the South Florida Wildlife Center.
August 25, 2014
Squirrels are known for their impressive climbing ability, thanks in part to their powerful hind legs. They use this talent to gather and store food, as well as avoid predators. Losing the use of their hind legs can prove life-threatening, as was the case for one squirrel who was rescued by a good Samaritan in South Florida at brought to the South Florida Wildlife Center.
July 28, 2014
The South Florida Wildlife Center’s rescue team works daily with the South Florida community to rescue wildlife from life-threatening situations. One of the more frequent calls the team receives is to help orphaned or injured ducklings. Because the climate is so mild in South Florida, baby season extends well beyond springtime, so ducklings are frequent year-round visitors to the SFWC veterinary center.