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.
Every year, the Wildlife Medical Clinic receives a wave of calls throughout the summer season about white-tailed deer fawns. Often, these animals are alone, lying down near a house, or sometimes even on a doorstep. Although this may seem like an animal in need, there are some facts about deer and their babies that you may want to read about before intervening. Continue reading
Kaylee Cox & Natalie Zimmerman c/o 2022)
This February, a 30-pound male bobcat presented to the Wildlife Medical Clinic after a long journey from western Illinois. He was found on the side of the road by Illinois DNR who brought him to a local veterinarian (and former WMC volunteer!) who was able to stabilize the bobcat and begin diagnostics to assess the patient. There, radiographs revealed that this bobcat had pelvic fractures, likely from being hit by a car, as well as several bullet fragments throughout its abdomen. Because this veterinarian is a former WMC volunteer, she knew exactly who to call for continued care – our very own veterinary staff here at the Wildlife Medical Clinic! After the arrangements were made, this bobcat’s three-hour journey across Illinois began.