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Spring 1999 Vol.23 No.2
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Whooooo Will Support Wildlife Residents in Their New Digs?

by Archana Reddy

Keir, the great horned owl, and his feathered friends have adapted to life in their new home, said Rose Ann Meccoli, a veterinary research specialist in parasitology and long-time volunteer at the College's Wildlife Medical Clinic.

If they're lucky, they'll be adopted as well.

In September the wildlife clinic moved from the first floor of the Small Animal Clinic to the basement. And in December the clinic announced the "Adopt-a-Resident" program to support Kier and five other animals who live in the clinic and appear in educational demonstrations for the public.

Keir (picture)

Piccolo (picture)


Advantages of the new clinic space, according to Beth Guerra, a second-year veterinary student and co-manager of the clinic, are its bigger size and better arrangement, which allows for more efficient care. There's also a better isolation area for animals that may have rabies or distemper disease, said Jennifer Cortright, a third-year veterinary student who co-chaired the wildlife clinic's executive board. However, volunteers miss the old ward's larger bathtub where the waterfowl took their swims and its direct oxygen lines, which eliminated the need for tanks.

With supervision from veterinary clinicians, volunteers at the clinic treat wildlife patientsófrom fawns, squirrels, frogs, and turtles to bobcats, eagles, and wild turkeysóbrought in by the public.

Most of the more than 1,000 patients seen each year are treated and released into the wild. Six animals with injuries that prevent their living in the wild but that are otherwise healthy are permanent residents of the clinic and are used in educational talks.

Dudley (picture)

Sir Lancelot (picture)

Sir Lancelot

The "Adopt-a Resident" program will help cover expenses for Keir and for Odin the red tailed hawk, Sir Lancelot the screech owl, Piccolo the mink, Chrissy the painted turtle, and Dudley the kestrel. Adoptive "parents" will receive a photo and information sheet on their animal, and a subscription to the clinic newsletter.

To find out more about the clinic and adopting an animal, write to the Wildlife Medical Clinic, UI College of Veterinary Medicine, 2001 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61802.

WMC Logo picture)

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