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April 23, 2010

Wildlife Baby Boom

When nature's offspring needs a human hand

The Humane Society of the United States / The Fund for Animals

  • These baby skunks were among five siblings recently found with the body of their mother who was hit by a car and killed. Fortunately, a kind-hearted passer-by found the animals and brought them to our California wildlife center where they're doing very well. It's often through the kindness of strangers that animals in need are brought to us. Christine Jensen/The HSUS

  • Orphaned babies fare much better when raised around others of the same species. So when our first baby Great Horned Owl of the season arrived at our California wildlife center in March, we networked with area wildlife groups, and now seven babies are living together at the center, watching and learning from each other as they grow. All are doing very well and are in the flight enclosure preparing for release. Jensen/The HSUS

  • This is an amazing story. A man found this baby opossum's mother dead on the road. As he lifted her up, six tiny babies, including this one, began to emerge from her pouch. The good Samaritan brought them to our wildlife center on Cape Cod where we raised them until they were old enough and big enough for release. Fone/The HSUS

  • This little broad-winged hawk's nest was destroyed during a violent thunderstorm. After being found on the ground with hypothermia, he was brought to the Cape. He was soon up and about, and we were able to re-nest him. Fone/The HSUS

  • This baby raccoon was accidentally left behind by his mother when she was evicted from a property owner's garage. Although she made several trips back to collect her children, this little guy was overlooked. He was brought to the Cape and, after a short quarantine and rehydration, was placed with other raccoons his age and size. When the time came, they all were successfully released. Fone/The HSUS

  • This little fisher was found screaming in fear on the side of the road. Because the location of her den was unknown, we couldn't reunite her with her family. Back at the Cape, we bottle fed her and then weaned her onto a fisher diet. For the next several months, she was in an outdoor habitat where she learned to forage for herself. Releasing her back into the wild was a happy day. Fone/The HSUS

Each spring, our wildlife centers take in a myriad of baby animals—from seabirds and raptors to small mammals and natural predators—who've become sick or been orphaned or injured.

This year's baby season is just kicking in at The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona, Calif., and the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, Mass., two of our animals centers operated by The Fund for Animals in partnership with The Humane Society of the United States.

They're geared up and ready for the influx of rabbits, opossums, hawks, owls, coyotes, raccoons and whatever other animals may come their way.

Check out these pictures of some of our baby patients past and present.

Greetings from The Fund for Animals' president.

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