Happy birthday, Katie!

Today, the Wildlife Medical Clinic is sponsored by Katie Duitsman in celebration of her birthday! Katie is a long-time supporter of wildlife and the clinic. One of her favorite birthday presents is the support of a day at the clinic, which allows us to continue to provide care for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife. Happy birthday, Katie!
To learn more about how you can make a difference for wildlife, check out our ‘giving’ tab here: https://vetmed.illinois.edu/wildlife/giving/

This snapping turtle originally presented to the clinic because a Good Samaritan had seen the fishing line and assumed there was a hook attached. On radiographs, we were surprised to find two hooks, one within the esophagus (and attached to the fishing line) and one within the stomach.

This Bald eagle is undergoing debridement of an open fracture of its wing. After several months, this patient was successfully rehabilitated and released last summer!

Happy birthday, Katie!


Boneyard Creek Community Day 2019

Boneyard Creek Community Day is an event held one Saturday every April in Scott Park in Champaign. The purpose of this day is to “promote appreciation, stewardship, and naturalizing of our local stream corridors.” 2019 was the 14th year that community volunteers joined together to clean litter throughout Boneyard Creek and its surrounding parks. Members of the Wildlife Medical Clinic took a few hours out of their Saturday morning to dedicate time to cleaning these gorgeous parks! Continue reading

Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road?

By: Monika Liszka, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2022

In 2018, the Wildlife Medical Clinic cared for 33 turtles, including Eastern box turtles, red-eared sliders, painted turtles, Northern map turtles, river cooters, and snapping turtles. As the spring weather brings warmer temperatures, the Wildlife Medical Clinic sees a noticeable increase in turtle patients. This isn’t surprising, as these animals had been bromating (hibernating) throughout the colder months and are now becoming active again. Unfortunately, many of these patients arrive at the Clinic injured after being hit by a car. You might think to yourself, why would a turtle leave a nice pond and try to cross a busy street? Continue reading