With May being a month to celebrate the mothers of the world, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some interesting moms we see in the Wildlife Medical Clinic! Many animals look entirely different when they are babies as compared to what they will look like when they are full grown. Take this matching quiz to see how well you can identify each mom’s baby! Let us know how you do on our Facebook page!
A) Raccoon baby matches with adult Raccoon (3).
B) Virginia Opossum baby matches with adult Virginia Opossum (6).
C) Great Horned Owl baby matches with adult Great Horned Owl (4).
D) Canada Goose babies matches with adult Canada Goose (1).
E) Coyote babies matches with adult Coyote (2).
F) Groundhog baby matches with adult Groundhog (5).
Written by Jamie Booth, class of 2023.
Jamie Booth c/o 2023
February is National Pet Dental Health Month! While the animals we work with are nowhere near pets, they still have some pretty cool teeth. Take on the activity below to see how many animal teeth you can identify. The answers will be at the bottom! Let us know how you did on our Facebook Page!
While we tend to stay home and avoid the cold, wildlife have developed their own ways to spend the winter. Many birds migrate, traveling to warmer areas with plentiful food and shelter. Some wildlife may find a safe place to enter a sleep like state that helps them conserve energy during a time when food is scarce. This process can be torpor, true hibernation, or brumation, with each process characterized by differing levels of activity and lowered metabolism. Mammals, reptiles, and even birds can change their metabolism and activity as a strategy against the cold. In other cases, animals must eat what’s available in the given season. For example, even though lush prairies aren’t available in the winter, deer can still munch on twigs and grasses. Now that you’re familiar with these three ways animals cope with the cold, unscramble the names of animals that utilize each strategy! Continue reading