Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital

Fellow Mortals is more than a place. It is a living philosophy based on the belief that encouraging compassion in humans toward all life brings out the finest aspects of our humanity. Fellow Mortals provides excellent medical care to injured and orphaned wild animals entrusted to the hospital by the public. Fellow Mortals continues to advance treatment for the most critically injured and compromised animals admitted for care, demonstrated by a continued high rate of recovery and release back to the wild. Fellow Mortals also attempts to limit the number of animals admitted for care each year by offering public education to prevent unnecessary injury and orphaning, thereby reducing the total n...
Jun 22, 2012

Wildlife Education on a Daily Basis

Swallows orphaned after the use of Tangle Foot
Swallows orphaned after the use of Tangle Foot

2012 has been very busy so far for the rehabilitators and interns at Fellow Mortals.  In some ways, that's a good thing because it means that people are aware of the wild creatures that share their backyards and their world and care enough to do something when a wild creature is found injured or orphaned.

Most injuries and orphanings that result in an animal being brought to the hospital are related to human activity or the human environment in some way.  Some things are difficult to prevent, like a nest of baby bunnies being discovered by the family pet in a fenced-in yard, or the bird that flies into a car that is going down the road.

Other things are totally preventable and we work hard to educate people about how to keep animals from being injured by dangerous products, like Tangle Foot--that is a sticky substance sold as a 'bird repellent' that actually kills and orphans birds, or live-traps used during baby season that trap nursing mothers and leave orphaned young behind.

Your donations help the wild ones brought to us from many different situations--but always by the most caring people.

Thank you for your continued support that is helping the hundreds of orphans and injured adults currently in care!

Cooper
Cooper's hawk baby orphaned when nest fell

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May 30, 2012

Rushing into Summer

Nestling Great-horned owl
Nestling Great-horned owl

Hundreds of orphaned and injured wild animals have come and gone since I last wrote to you.  It's been a Very Busy Spring!

The attached photos show just a few of our current patients, including a nestling great-horned owl that was admitted with a fractured leg and slipped tendons--now outside with our foster great-horned owl, "Alberta," and six other owls who also were injured and came into Fellow Mortals for care.

Dozens of ducklings and goslings are also in care, including some that were hatched in our incubator after their parents were killed on the nest.

We are weaning our first group of squirrels, but were hand-feeding 80 babies at one point this spring.  To feed that many babies as often as necessary and keep them clean and comfortable takes 16 hours every day!

Right now the busiest place in the hospital is the Bird Nursery, where we are currently hand-feeding 70 baby birds every half hour (or more) a minimum of 24 times a day.

Our interns are a huge help in making sure all of these precious orphans get proper care.

While we are in the very midst of Baby Season--and it's not even officially summer yet--we continue to receive injured wild creatures for care, including hawks with fractured wings, rabbits hit by cars and birds colliding with windows.

We thank you for your donations that are helping so many wild creature who otherwise would not receive the professional care Fellow Mortals provides.

Mallard ducklings hatching
Mallard ducklings hatching
Sleeping Bunnies
Sleeping Bunnies
Great-horned owl
Great-horned owl 'branchers'
Baby grey squirrels
Baby grey squirrels
Welcome to Fellow Mortals
Welcome to Fellow Mortals

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Mar 13, 2012

Making Room for New Life

Dark-eyed Junco release:  Jessica Massaro Nass
Dark-eyed Junco release: Jessica Massaro Nass

Birds and mammals who have overwintered with us are lined up for release to make room for all the expected guests.  Just yesterday, two dark-eyed juncos were released to join the flock on our property, today two Cooper's hawks returned home; tomorrow two opossum will again explore and find new dens at a beautiful release site.  In the days and weeks to come, red-tailed hawks, a pelican, squirrels, rabbits, a short-eared owl and woodchucks will all return to their wild families, as new babies arrive to take their place in the hospital and in our hearts.

Just in time to help the wild babies, Global Giving is giving you, our donor, a real incentive to help, thanks to Bonus Day, which is tomorrow, March 14!

This Wednesday, March 14th, all online donations to Fellow Mortals through GlobalGiving.org will earn a 30% matching bonus up to $1,000 per donor until matching funds run out.  A total of $50,000 is available.

In addition to the 30% match, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors!

Global Giving's gift couldn't come at a better time for the wild ones, for Spring has come to Fellow Mortals with the first babies of the season--three tiny newborn squirrels, weighing just 12 ,13 and 14 grams.  We expect to admit nearly 1,000 babies into care over the next few months.

Perhaps you've already donated what you can but haven't yet shared Fellow Mortals' story with your friends, Why not let people who share your passion for wildlife and the environment know that tomorrow is a great time to get to know Fellow Mortals and join you in making a difference for a wild baby that needs a second chance.

Thank you, friend; Happy Spring!

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