With the generous support of our community, these are just a few of the birds and animals we have been able to help return to the wild
A well-intended member of the public had found one of these Canadian Goslings wandering around alone, and tried to care for it themselves. Unfortunately, after attempting to reintroduce the gosling to the wild, the friendly gosling continued to follow him home, having become habituated with his caretaker. Unsure of what to do next, KWC was contacted so we could take in the gosling and help prepare him for a wild life. Fortunately we had another gosling about the same size in care, so they were able to keep each other company while we monitored our new arrivals health, and source out a foster family. Canada Geese are incredible parents, both mom and dad participate in rearing their young, and often will babysit for other parents in the colony! It’s not uncommon to see a pair of Canada Geese with 20-50 goslings in tow. Because of their parenting style, it makes placing goslings into a foster family easy and gives them the best chance at a successful wild life. As vegetarians, Canadian geese love grass, but also dine on rushes, cattails and small crustaceans, so while in care with us their diet consists of lots of fresh greens, duck weed and cracked corn with grains for energy. Although they are adorable, these energetic balls of fluff are well known for their fibrous bowel movements, meaning enclosure cleaning twice a day, and fresh water every hour, not including swim time! Thanks to the caring concern of the public and the hard work of our animal care volunteers, this little fella and his friends will soon be ready to join a family back in the wild.
Spotted spinning in circles in the middle of the road, a kind finder knew something was wrong with this Eastern Chipmunk and contacted KWC right away. As ground squirrels, they spend the majority of their time on and beneath the ground, digging deep chains of burrows to stay safe from predators and hibernate in the winter. Unfortunately for this chippy, that life on the ground left her susceptible to parasites, and one was causing neurological damage. Prognosis was guarded and rehabilitation meant a month of medication and a month again of recovery and rest to give the brain time to heal. Keeping an adult wild animal in captivity is very stressful for them, and that stress could prevent full healing and recovery. In order to keep the anxiety of confinement at a minimum, her enclosure was set up as close to her natural environment as could be replicated. With a deep substrate with soil to dig and burrow through, lots of tubes and tunnels, with leaves and branches for cover to hide. Her recovery has been incredible and she is on track for a successful release back to her home.