Opossum or Bunny?
Do you think you're seeing things? Well - you're right! There was a young opossum hanging out with his adoptive bunny family in Papillion. Mr. Opossum was rescued by a rehabber and joined another opossum buddy later that same day.
Give to Lincoln Day
GET READY TO DONATE DURING THE GIVE TO LINCOLN DAY!
For 24 hours on May 28 you can donate to WRT. You can go online or you can write a check and take it to the Lincoln Community Foundation offices at 215 Centennial Mall South between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. today.
There are hourly prizes given throughout today and WRT will also receive part of the Match Fund for the day. Please tell your friends and relatives! Help us make a difference for these animals!
Thank you to the Exotics class of Vet Techs at Iowa Western Community College for asking WRT to talk to them about the wildlife we care for and how WRT works.
Thank you also to the 2nd grade class at Ackerman Elementary School in the Millard School district in Omaha for allowing WRT to talk to them about what to do if they find a baby bird, bunny or squirrel. They are lucky enough to have ducks nesting in their parking lot and so they were curious about how to make sure the ducklings were safe when they hatched.
Give Hastings Day & Go Big Give Day
Thank you to all of our donors for supporting us on these days!
We participated in the Hastings and the Grand Island Give Days and have new supporters! We appreciate your help and the funds will be used to purchase supplies for the wildlife along with pay for vet bills from the wonderful vets that we use in those towns!
Update #3 on our Fox
Update on the Fox
The fox had his pins removed! He is beginning to get more energetic and will remain on antibiotics for the next 8 weeks. He needs to let his legs continue to heal prior to being released this spring.
Update on the Fox Dec. 6, 2014:
The fox is doing well! On Monday, Dec. 1st he was taken to the vet and had more x-rays. His legs are healing well and he will go back in a month to have more x-rays. He was put on a new antibiotic to prevent infection in his bones due to the pins.
We are feeding him raw meat, so if anyone would like to make donations of meat or money for purchase meat, please contact us.
Thank you for your generous donations and for checking on his progress!
Chimpunk or Ground Squirrel?
This a 13-lined Ground Squirrel. We have gotten several calls lately for chipmunks. How do we know they aren't chipmunks - take a look at his stripes! Ground Squirrels are smaller than chipmunks and their stripes are different.
Also, in Nebraska we don't have many chipmunks except in a couple areas like along the eastern edge of Nebraska and the western edge of the Panhandle.
Just for fun, if you have seen a wild chipmunk in NE, let us know!
This Ground Squirrel was probably washed out of his den during the latest rains. He's doing well in rehab and will be released later this summer.
Baby Wood Ducks
These ducklings were found in Scribner, Nebraska, by someone who saw the mom killed by a dog.
These guys have little toenails that allow them to climb out of their nest and jump into the water when Mom calls them.
We will rehab them until they are able to be released. Wood Ducks are capable of flight about two months after hatching!
Why did the turtle cross the road?
This is the time of year that many turtles are on the move. Between the rains that we have had and the females that are traveling to lay their eggs, we are getting many calls. If the turtle is NOT injured, please leave it alone. If it needs help crossing the road, temporarily stop traffic and let the turtle cross. If there is a turtle in someone’s yard, it is either moving through or laying eggs. Let the female complete her task and she will be on the move again. Sometimes we get turtles that have been hit by cars. It takes a long time for a turtle shell to heal. We give them the chance to get better and then release them as far away from a road as possible!
Vikki Henry - Omaha Wildlife Rehabber