Student Blogs

Snakes!

Snakes, an animal group that frequently causes fear in people. Whether it be due to them having scales, their quick and unique locomotion, or maybe it’s the fact that some are deadly.Unfortunately, due to this…
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Hoppy Spring!

We are in the midst of the most wonderful time of year for the Eastern Cottontail Rabbit(Sylvilagus floridanus). Spring comes with plentiful food and nourishment to support thebirth of many new young rabbits. The rabbit…
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The Snowy Owl

As winter creeps in, bringing its brisk winds and snowy skies, this feature is about one animal who does not mind these chills! The snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) which is an Arctic species that periodically…
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A Strong Bite

This year, an injured, adult common snapping turtle, ​​Chelydra serpentina, was brought to the Wildlife Medical Clinic after being spotted with a fishing hook stuck through its tongue. Snapping turtles are native primarily to Central…
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Wildlife University 2022

Over the weekend of October 22nd and 23rd, the Non-Traditional Species Club of the College of Veterinary Medicine had its annual, online conference, Wildlife University. During this two-day event, speakers from across the University of…
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The “Eye-deal” Owl

This year, an injured, adult barred owl was brought to the Wildlife Medical Clinic for care after being hit by a bus. Barred owls are native to eastern North America and live an average of…
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Just Hanging Around: Bats of Illinois

Fairy tales and tall tales recounting the lore of bats have existed for thousands of years. An early Slavic community in Romania believed bats flying over an unburied human corpse could bring them back to…
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Ambassador Sized Appetites

Our nine ambassador animals have diverse nutrition needs that require a lot of planning and preparation. Each ambassador also has their favorite (and least favorite) foods. In developing their regular diets and treats, we cater…
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