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New England Wildlife Center: Healing Nature

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Baby Squirels

Baby Squirels

The New England Wildlife Center in Weymouth, Massachusetts has played an integral role with improving the lives of many thousands of animals in the course of over thirty years. This wonderful clinic takes care of orphaned, sick, and injured creatures of 225 different species every year and also maintains an Odd Pet Vet service. Their varied collection of wildlife includes raccoons, tegus, sugar gliders, tarantulas, pigs, bats, crayfish, voles, and many types of birds. Creatures in need of care first get brought into the hospital by the police, animal control, or charitable community members.

Surgery

Surgery

A general evaluation is given to each species that comes to the clinic in order to determine what is wrong with them and what is the best process for their treatment. There is an x-ray room at the hospital where doctors can see whether a patient has broken bones or is suffering from any serious condition such as a developed tumor. In the operating rooms wildlife gets sedated with anesthesia just like humans before undergoing surgery for procedures. Unfortunately, one of the most common of these procedures is removing a hook that has impaled a bird’s wing or body. Injured birds remain in smaller individual cages after undergoing their operation and once their bodies improve over time they’re able to go to larger outdoor cages where they can practice to fly again.

Common cases for sick animals include dehydration and hypothermia. In these cases, the veterinarians provide a warm place for them to sleep and make sure plenty of fluids are given to their patients. If a species is suffering from malnutrition, the staff maintains a healthy diet for them until their digestive system gets better. With any creatures that have developed infections from scratches or a disease spreading in their body, proper medications and antibiotics help treat the animal’s condition.

Russian Tortoise

Russian Tortoise

Spring is an especially busy time for New England Wildlife as there are always instances of baby animals getting separated from their mothers either because of stormsor because they are unable to find their homes. The clinic says babies are best raised in their own groups of species which helps the little ones socialize with each other and prepares them with going back to nature. After the animals have become fully nurtured and treated they are released from the hospital and get returned to theirRussian Tortoise rightful home in the wild, placing each      of them within their appropriate ecosystems.

As part of their valuable contribution to nature, New England Wildlife enjoys sharing its passion and knowledge of animals to anyone from a three year old child to a senior citizen. The organization’s vet service does yearly checkups on unique pets and also cares for an owner’s animals while on they are on vacation. Thus, it is a place where you’ll find interesting sights such as a hedgehog running around in a hamster wheel.

The clinic brings aboard about fifty undergraduates majoring in biology every year that have come from all over the country and even the world. The clinic’s science education center helps support the student’s particular interests in a three to six month period where they can study plants in great detail and also assist veterinarians with their animal patients. The process has proven to be an immense learning experience for these undergrads as well as providing a major stepping stone in their careers. Students from grades K-12 also acquire much information from the wildlife center where staff members have traveled to local schools and given wonderful presentations on animals, making kids eager to go to their facility to find out more.

With all of these accomplishments The New England Wildlife Center stands as a winning leader with preserving nature’s wild legacy.  To find out more about the wild life center go to http://www.newildlife.org/ or their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/New-England-Wildlife-Center-155761571166594/

Young Herring Gull

Young Herring Gull

 

“A true conservationist is a person who knows
that the world is not given by their parents
but borrowed from their children.”

 

~ Alex Scandalios

 

 

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  • Kassy – Texas said:

    First off, I really love animals. Second, I enjoy hearing of centers or people who help animals and really make a difference. I imagine these people have saved several animals and must really care about them enough if they even offer pet sitting while families are away. I’ve never heard of a center around my town who does this.

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