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CROW News, Stories & Press Releases

CROW Case of the Week: Florida Softshell Turtle Eggs

I am elated to report a happy ending to a past story that was written about a pregnant softshell turtle that was admitted to CROW on February 27 after being hit by a car, only to pass away from internal trauma days later. more...

CROW Case of the Week: Glue Trap Victims (#19-1656)

Glue traps are trays, cardboard, fiberboard or plastic coated with an extremely sticky adhesive that is often used to capture rodents, insects and snakes. Unfortunately, these animals and many other animals get stuck to this type of surface and usual more...

CROW Case of the Week: Red-breasted Merganser (#19-1264)

The red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator) is a long-bodied, diving duck with an impressive crown that involves a punk-style shaggy crest of feathers up top. It tends to swim with its head partially submerged to ready itself to dive after prey, whi more...

Meet Our Animal Ambassadors

Each of our Animal Ambassadors has a unique story and important place in our programs.  Bringing guests closer to our ambassadors is just one way we will help others gain an appreciation for local wildlife.


Lola, the American kestrel (patient #13-0533), arrived at CROW in March 2013 with a broken wing that could not be repaired. Along with arthritis in the same wing, she is unable to fly more than a few feet. Without the ability to fly, she would be unable to hunt successfully in the wild.

Meet Lola


Bashful, a male opossum (patient #16-1741), was found by residents who noticed the opossum wandering around the neighborhood leaning slightly to the left and continually falling on its side. He had suffered an unknown trauma and as a result, has neurological deficits that prevent him from being successful in the wild.

Meet Bashful


Mina, a great horned owl (patient #16-3770), was brought to the clinic in December of 2016. She had suffered an injury and lost part of her wing. The amputation had completely healed before she was admitted to the hospital. She was otherwise in good health and it is suspected her mate had been caring for her in the wild.

Meet Mina


Talon is a red-tailed hawk. When younger, Talon suffered a wing injury which was unable to be corrected rendering him unable to fly well enough to hunt on his own.

Meet Talon


Billy the Armadillo (patient #17-1136) arrived at the clinic in April of 2017 after he was found as an orphan in Cape Coral, Florida. At the time, due to the classification of his species as a non-native species, Billy was unable to be released back into wild when he got older.

Meet Billy