Spring has certainly sprung in the clinic! We currently have several orphaned squirrels and bunnies that were brought in over the past week. Dr. Sander and some of these orphans made an appearance on ciLiving to share some great advice about what to do if you encounter apparently orphaned wildlife. Remember, babies have the best chance of survival if there is any way they can be kept with their mom! You can browse our website for resources on orphans of many native species here: https://vetmed.illinois.edu/wi…/wildlife-help-and-resources/
One of the unique experiences while attending veterinary school at the University of Illinois is the opportunity to engage with the Wildlife Medical Clinic (WMC). All of the patients presented to the WMC are cared for by approximately 110 dedicated volunteer veterinary students that are grouped into teams to help treat our patients. In addition to our veterinary students, each team has one to two undergraduate volunteers. Just like the veterinary students, these undergraduates take time out of their busy schedules to assist in caring for our multitude of patients. They are integral team members that contribute so much to our clinic.
Meet Onlso, our resident northern blue-tongued skink (Tiliqua scincoides intermedia)! Blue tongued-skinks have a long, flat body with short limbs and are native to Australia. Their unique blue tongue is an adaptation to avoid predation. When threatened, a blue-tongued skink will flash its bright blue tongue, deterring predators because the color is associated with poisonous animals. Blue-tongued skinks, however, are not poisonous. They are found in forests and are omnivores, eating fruits, vegetables and insects.