Wild Baby Rescue Center is an ALL volunteer, not for profit Wildlife Rehabilitation Center caring for thousands of injured and orphaned indigenous New Jersey wildlife. Wild Baby Rescue Center is known for its expertise with the youngest and most fragile orphans. Approximately 85% of our patients are neonates. Help us continue to help them.
A tiny Squirrel pup was one of our first arrivals this year. She had fallen about 60 feet on to snow and ice. She had a badly broken shoulder, she was cold and bruised and hungry. We warmed her, bandaged her shoulder and gave her a bottle of warm formula. As the days past she grew stronger and stronger, her injury healed and she was soon running and playing with the other baby Squirrels. In the beginning of June she was released to run wild and free.
Kasi and Duma
We received a young Fox kit who was limping on a property and the farmer trapped her and brought her to WBR. Her leg was badly broken . We took her to Doc Orange who x-rayed her and splinted her injured leg. She was so little and stayed in a small crate while her leg began to heal. Despite all the toys and stuffed animals we gave her she was obviously very lonely until the day little Kasi arrived. Orphaned, alone and frightened, he joined Little Duma. It was LOVE at first sight. Most of time when we put “adoptive” siblings together they bond as siblings, but this turned out a little differently. They became a mated pair. Fox mate for life and if one is injured or sick, or the when the female gives birth the male feeds and cares for her. This is the best scenario possible. Because they care for each other ,a mated pair has a great chance for survival in the wild.
Duma on the left in her pink cast, under the watchful eye of Kasi on the right.
Doc Orange x-rays little Duma’s leg. The results: a bad fracture. Kasi
Milo the Mink
In early June a man brought us a little orphan Mink. We named him Milo. He was only a few days old, 43 grams, eyes closed and very vocal. He mewed like a kitten. Milo was our first mink so new protocols were put in place. A formula and diet made just for him, new caging, and lots of enrichment. Milo soon became everyone’s favorite. With his crazy antics and attention getting mews and yelps. He was constantly climbing in his cage, swinging back and forth in his sleeping cube and gobbling down his food as fast as possible. Soon it was time for Milo to go out into his brand new pre-release cage equipped with ramps for climbing, a warm nesting box, his sleeping cube which was now for playing in and a pool. A Mink’s diet consists mainly of fish, so Milo had to learn to swim and catch fish. He was a natural, jumping in, swimming around and catching fish as if he had been doing it for years. Milo was released back in the Delaware River near where he was found. We miss little Milo but are happy he is wild and free.
Lots of Opossum Joeys, Skunk Kits and Chucklings
In June and July we were overrun with Joeys, Kits and Chucklings. Everyday more and more orphans arrived. When a female Opossum is hit by a car, she may not have survived but underneath her, tucked in a warm, padded pouch are Opossum Joeys that may be alive even if Mom is not. We are the ones who take those tiny creatures and care for them. Groundhogs are often orphaned when the family dog encounters Mom in the back yard. Defending her babies Mom tries to protect them and the dog will grab her and shake her to death. Now we have orphan Chucklings. Baby Skunks are orphaned for a variety of reasons. Mom is hit by a car, caught by a dog or trapped and taken far away from her babies. This year we had an abundance of all of that and more. Hope you enjoy our pictures.