NAPLES — A clapper rail and two laughing gulls were among the twenty-eight animals admitted to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic this week.
Other admissions included two gray catbirds, six eastern cottontails, a sandwich tern, a black racer and a Florida softshell turtle.
The clapper rail, a marsh bird that usually stays well hidden in dense vegetation, was found late at night on the corner of 14th Avenue North and Goodlette-Frank Road.
The bird had a broken femur and was weak and underweight when admitted.
Veterinarians at St. Francis Animal Clinic volunteered their time and skill and performed surgery to stabilize the fractured leg.
The bird made it through surgery and is now trying to stand. However, since the rail was in such poor condition, the prognosis for recovery is guarded.
This bird has a chance of healing thanks to the help of the vets at St. Francis.
A laughing gull also was taken to St. Francis Animal Clinic for surgery.
This bird had ingested a large fish hook with the barb lodged near the heart, making it impossible to extract without causing severe internal injuries.
Unfortunately, the gull did not survive. We appreciate the vets taking the time to try and help.
The other laughing gull admitted this week was tangled in fishing line.
One long piece of line was wrapped around both ankles, stretched around one wing, around the body, and continued to the mouth where the line was also wrapped around the birds tongue.
The line was pulled so tight that one foot was swollen and the majority of the tongue was necrotic _ all due to loss of circulation.
While struggling to free itself from the line, the bird’s left elbow was dislocated.
Even with all this going on, the gull is alert, active and feisty, still struggling to survive.
We know most anglers act responsibly and properly dispose of all fishing line and hooks.
If you accidentally hook a bird, please ensure the hook has been properly removed before releasing the bird.
Never cut the line and let the bird fly off with a hook or line attached to its body.
Please, we ask all anglers to act responsibly and call the Conservancy Wildlife Clinic if you need assistance. We will do all we can to provide help.
Act Responsibly _ Call Us!
People generally have good intentions when dealing with wildlife, but often don’t understand the severe consequences of their actions. This week was no exception.
A man trapped a raccoon that was in his attic and released it a mile and a half from his home.
Unfortunately he did not check to see if there were any babies until after he relocated the mother.
While he searched the attic after the fact, no babies were found, so he thought everything was fine.
Three days later, he heard the babies crying and when he went to the attic he found three newly born raccoons.
This happened during the two coldest nights of the season. The baby raccoons were weak and hypothermic when admitted.
Two died within an hour and the third died later that evening.
The Conservancy Wildlife Clinic can help prevent situations like this. Call us before taking any action. We can offer advice that could get a mother to relocate her babies on her own.
Besides the fatal outcome for these three babies, it is against state law to relocate raccoons without a proper license.
Lots of exciting releases this week!
A red-shouldered hawk, an anhinga, four mourning doves, and a northern mockingbird were all able to be returned to the wild.
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a non-profit organization relying on memberships and donations to support our work.
The Conservancy Wildlife Clinic treats over 2,500 injured, sick and orphaned wild animals every year and we need your help to continue our work.
Please visit our Web site at www.conservancy.org for more information on how you can help.