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Lucky duck, indeed!

Some animals come to the Center in need of medical treatment, but we may not know what caused their injuries. But no matter the reason, we are happy to be here for wildlife in need. This ruddy duck was found outside of a home suffering from a spinal injury that prevented him from walking properly….

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Our first great horned owl renesting!

Early spring heralds the arrival of avian babies, and owls are some of the first to hatch. This little owlet fell 30 feet from her nest at the top of a pine tree! Luckily, she was spotted by a young girl and brought to Tucson Wildlife Center for help. A check-up by our wildlife veterinarian…

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From Trash to Treasure: the Rescue of “Greggery the Peccary”

From Trash to Treasure: the Rescue of “Greggery the Peccary” This adorable javelina was found in an in-ground trash can, surrounded by discarded bottles and rubbish. Unable to escape after falling in, the baby was left stranded and alone until a crew of construction workers found him. After calling TWC for advice, our rescue team…

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Red-tailed hawk caught on fire

Earlier this year a magnificent red-tailed hawk was seeking shelter in a tree during a monsoon storm when suddenly the tree was struck by lightning and burst into flames! Tucson firefighters were battling the growing blaze when the stunned hawk fell out of the tree from a great height and onto the ground. The water…

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Kestrel falcon rescue

A colorful kestrel falcon was found underneath a window, his wing hanging and injured. X-rays revealed fractures in two of the bones that make up the shoulder joint necessary for flight. He was given medication and time to rest so the bones could heal. Shortly after admission, he was already holding the wing in a…

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Renested and it feels so good!

These adorable nestling great horned owls fell out of their nest at a country club and were found by a caring groundskeeper who brought them to TWC.   They were dehydrated and bruised from their fall. After a couple of days in rehabilitation, it was time to take them back to their nest to be…

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Neotropic cormorant saved after being deliberately injured by kids

A neotropic cormorant suffered a broken wing after children at an eastside apartment complex threw rocks at it. Deliberately harming wildlife is illegal. The water bird was rescued Thursday afternoon by volunteers from the nonprofit Tucson Wildlife Center. The cormorant was swimming in a water feature at the apartment complex when witnesses saw children throwing…

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Long-eared owl makes incredible recovery

This beautiful, rarely seen Long-eared owl arrived at Tucson Wildlife Center extremely thin and dehydrated with cactus thorns embedded in his feathers and body. After carefully removing the thorns from his soft feathers, he spent a few weeks in rehabilitation to regain his strength. Once he had gained weight and was healthy, he was released…

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Bobcats: More Than your Average Cat

The Tucson Wildlife Center rescues and rehabilitates several bobcats every year. We have four adults that are permanent residents. Wilbur is our mascot and because of a medical condition cannot be released. Wilma is his companion. The remaining residents, Ruby and Bisbee are surrogate mothers to the kittens that arrive at the facility every year….

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Possums or Opossums?

Recently Tucson Wildlife Center received a call from a concerned citizen who found mother opossum who had died, her six babies still clinging to her body. One of the babies had a minor tail injury, but all were otherwise healthy. They are thriving in our care. If you look closely at the adorable pictures, you…

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Caring for Owl Nestlings

Tucson Wildlife Center has taken in four fuzzy-looking, white Great Horned Owl nestlings in the last week. The unusually high temperatures earlier in March, seen only in mid-May, have caused parasites to hatch two months early and attack the nestlings, forcing them to bail out of their nests to escape, said Lisa Bates, Founder and…

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Two baby Javelina being cared for by Tucson Wildlife Center

Two baby javelina, just days old, are being cared for at Tucson Wildlife Center after well-meaning people took them from their herd. The babies were left behind after dogs scared away their herd. Instead of leaving the area with their dogs so the herd could return for the babies, the people picked up the baby…

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