Wildlife Rescue Seeing More Animals This Summer

"I get a lot of phone calls," Colleen Day said.

When Day's phone isn't ringing off the hook, she's tending to injured animals at Carolina Wildlife.

And if intake is anything like last year, they'll be seeing more than 3500 animals this summer.

"It could be anything from a goose with a broken wing to a fawn that's been injured to mockingbirds that have fallen out of the nest. I never know, but it's always something and it's always exciting," she said.

They get fawns, songbirds, possums, turtles and they even have a hawk.

The volunteers and staff keep busy, but if they weren't it would be a major problem.

"People tend to find animals and try to keep them as pets and a lot of times people try to feed them at home, they end up getting sick and sometimes they die by the time someone's kept them for a day or two," Day said. "It's very serious."

Day also says that many animals who aren't in need are brought to them.

"People see a cute, cuddly fawn laying under a shade tree," Day said. "What they don't realize is the mother places the fawn there for safety during the day and she'll return around dusk to come get the fawn," she said.

Day says you can tell if an animal is injured if you see blood or flies on the wounds.

Many animals turn out to be ok and are released back into the wild and that's the objective.

"I did what I could to get that animal the help that they need that's my job, that's my goal and that's my mission," she said.

If you find an injured or abandoned animal you can check out Carolina Wildlife's website at www.CarolinaWildlife.org for rescue advice before you take the animal in.

The non-profit is also willing to have volunteers and take donations.


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