Cases

Snapping off a Few Facts

There are many native species of turtles found in Illinois. Arguably, one of the most memorable species that presents to the Wildlife Medical Clinic (WMC) is the common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina). Snapping turtles are…
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Turtle Radiography

Here at the Wildlife Medical Clinic, we take digital radiographs, or x-rays, when we want to examine patients of all species and sizes. Radiographs are images of the body used to evaluate internal structures like…
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A Turtle-y Awesome Case

An adult female Eastern box turtle (Terrapene Carolina) was presented to the Wildlife Medical Clinic (WMC) in October for potential blindness. On exam, the turtle was found to have several abnormalities, including eyelids that were…
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Pelican Case Study

This adult male American white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) presented to the Wildlife Medical Clinic in late November. The finders had been watching him on a local lake for the summer and were concerned that he…
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Goodbye to Cynthia!

What inspired you to be a manager at the Wildlife Medical Clinic?  Whenever anyone asked, “why did you pick the University of Illinois?”, I quickly replied that I wanted to be a part of the…
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Toad-ally Three-and-a-half-legged

This adult male American toad (Bufo americanus) presented to the Wildlife Medical Clinic in November with a left hind leg wound. While the injury was notably severe, our exam showed the toad was using the leg to bear weight and had appropriate reflexes, indicating that the…
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Raptors, Rats and Rodenticide

This time of year, rodents become a bothersome issue for many households making many people reach for rodenticides to control the issue. While these poisons are effective for rodent control, they pose a threat to…
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