This Week at Sandy Pines

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April 7th, 2018

New Admissions

 

Common Grackle with foot trauma.

 

Eastern Cottontail hit by a vehicle.

 

Field Mouse attacked by a cat.

 

Canada Goose with a leg injury.

 

Eastern Cottontail kits attacked by a dog.

 

Eastern Cottontail nests are usually very well concealed among grasses and other vegetation in lawns and gardens. Depressions are made in the soil and the mother lines the nest with vegetation and fur. Kits are born deaf, blind, and hairless. They are also odourless during most of their development, allowing them to blend into their environment.
 
Cottontail females leave the nest for extended periods, usually only returning a couple times a day to feed their young.
 
If you find a nest of bunnies, please do not move the young; keep them covered and call us for advice.

 

Eastern Cottontail hit by a vehicle.

 

Snowy Owl, emaciated.

 

Did You Know:
Snowy Owls are one of the most agile owls who are able to catch small birds on the fly. Their diet can range widely from small rodents and rabbits to waterbirds. Lemmings are their preferred prey.
Snowy Owls prefer wide open spaces where they can obtain a good view of the terrain and wait patiently to spot prey.
Adult females can weigh over 4 lbs making them the heaviest owl in North America!

Patient Updates

An update on the Red Tailed Hawk that came into care a couple weeks ago. She is gaining strength and self feeding. She receives frequent bandage changes while the wound on her wing continues to heal.

 

 

Released 

 

Virginia Opossum
Field Mouse
Turkey Vulture
Mute Swan
Check out the release video of the Mute Swan below.
https://quik.gopro.com/v/2qZbIMaL9a/
And that’s it for another week at Sandy Pines.  Have a great weekend everyone, and be safe out there.
Linda
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