Northern Colorado Wildlife Center will take care of sick, injured, and orphaned birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians with the exception of raptors since the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program already cares for them in northern Colorado. Here are a few past patients our rehabilitators have helped to care for over their careers in this field.
This mallard duckling, along with its three siblings in the background, were orphaned after a car hit their mother and other siblings on US 287 near the town of Berthoud. Fortunately, these babies were threaded through the tires and a good samaritan brought them to a rehabilitation center where they were treated for minor wounds such as scraps and bruising. Several of the rehabilitators that are now on Northern Colorado Wildlife Center's board of directors played a key part in raising these babies for several months before they were old enough to fly and survive on their own. All four mallards pictured here were released at a large reservoir and given a second chance at life thanks to not only the tireless efforts of the rehabilitators, but also the good samaritan that saw the babies in trouble and decided to step in to save their lives.
This adult prairie rattlesnake found itself in quite the predicament when he fell into a window well in south Fort Collins. Luckily, the homeowner did the right thing and called a wildlife rehabilitator which was able to come to their house and safely retrieve the snake out of the window well using specialized equipment. The snake, suffering no injuries, was able to then be released at a near by natural area. This picture was snapped, from a distance and using zoom, during the release.
Believe it or not, these eight raccoons are only about 6 months old. They all came in separately from different locations along the front range. However, they all were orphaned in a variety of ways. Regardless, the wildlife rehabilitators were able to raise them all up in good health so that they could be released. They were combined at a very young age in order to keep them wild and from imprinting on humans. Raccoons are very smart, funny animals and love to play in the water and with the hose during daily cage cleanings. They also love to wrestle with each other and climb anything. Raccoons are even capable of climbing upside down in certain settings! All the raccoons seen here were able to be released together at a natural area in central Fort Collins about a month after this photo was taken.
Even though Northern Colorado Wildlife Center will not care long term for raptors, also known as birds of prey, our very experienced wildlife rehabilitators are all trained on how to give emergency first aid to these types of animals until they can be transferred to a raptor rehabilitation center. This great horned owl is the perfect example of this. This beautiful bird was brought in by a good samaritan who noticed the bird dangling from a barbed wire fence. The owl had gotten barbed wire stuck in one of its wings and then dug it deeper by thrashing for an unknown amount of time. Once in the care of our rehabilitators, they were able to remove most of the barbed wire and administer some fluids to keep the bird alive. The bird was then sent to a nearby raptor rehabilitation center where it recieved surgery to remove the rest of the barbed wire and to repair tendon damage. After a lot of cage rest and some medication regiments, this owl was able to be released close to where it was found. Working with neighboring rehabilitation centers and other cooperating agencies is very important to providing quick and effective care to the wildlife in our community.