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Northern Raccoon #16-3651Nov 25 2016

Northern Raccoon #16-3651

A male Northern raccoon (16-3651) arrived at CROW from Fort Myers on November 25 after being found abandoned with no injuries.  It will receive nutritional care and support until it is cleared for release.

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Sandhill Crane #17-151Jan 24 2017

Sandhill Crane #17-151

A sandhill crane (17-151) arrived at CROW on January 24 from Herons Glen Golf & Club in North Fort Myers after it was seen limping on the golf course.  Radiographs showed a shattered right leg and 3 gun pellets (1 in the thorax and 2 in the right chest) and mild abrasions on the right wing.  A splint was placed on the right leg for the next seven days.  The crane is bright and alert, eating well and when standing is putting some weight on the right leg.  It will take approximately 5 weeks to heel before it can be evaluated for release.

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Eastern Screech Owl #17-101Jan 16 2017

Eastern Screech Owl #17-101

An eastern screech owl was brought to CROW on January 16, 2017 from Fort Myers. The nestling is believed to have fallen from its nest with no signs of obvious injuries.  The owl will receive supportive care until its old enough to be released. 

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North American River Otter #17-262Feb 07 2017

North American River Otter #17-262

An orphaned juvenile river otter (17-262) arrived at CROW from Fort Lauderdale on February 7, 2017.  The otter was abandoned by its mother and a reintroduction effort was unsuccessful.  It will remain at CROW for a few months until it is old enough to be released.  

Here is a video from WINK-TV of the otter arriving at CROW .

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Other Patients

American Bald Eagle (E8) #16-361

American Bald Eagle (E8) #16-361

On May 13, E8 returned to CROW for the second time after being struck by a great horned owl that resulted in a broken leg.  After 3 months of recovery and a successful rehabilitation the eaglet was released on August 13, 2016.

E8 was first brought to CROW on February 10, 2016 as a result of its leg being entangled in monofilament line. After having the line removed and spending a few days recoving, the eaglet was returned to its nest on February 12, 2016.

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American Bald Eagle (Ozzie) #15-543

American Bald Eagle (Ozzie) #15-543

American bald eagle (315-543) was brought to CROW the first time on March 17, 2015 after being found on railroad tracks in North Fort Myers suffering from a broken clavicle on his left wing.  After 3 months of recovery and rehabilitation, Ozzie was released on June 17, 2015 at the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam.

Ozzie was brought to CROW a second time on  September 27, 2015 after he was found weak and injured in a North Fort Myers backyard most likely from a fight with another bald eagle. He arrived in critical condition, unable to stand and fighting a bacterial blood infection. Unfortunately, on September 29, 2015 Ozzie passed away as a result of his injuries. 

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American Bald Eagle #16-3127

American Bald Eagle #16-3127

The eagle was found unable to fly near a canal in Cape Coral, Fl.  Arrived with superficial wounds and mildly dehydrated.

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Eastern Screech Owl #16-3241

Eastern Screech Owl #16-3241

An adult eastern screech owl (16-3241) arrived at CROW from Fort Myers on October 12 with a left wing injury. It was unclear how the owl received the injury. It arrived bright and alert  After radiographs identified a fractured left ulna (forearm) causing minor displacement  and fractured left carpometacarpus (single fused bone between the wrist and the knuckles) show moderate displacement.  Splints were placed on the injuries and physical therapy will begin early next week.

 

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Green Sea Turtle #16-3404

Green Sea Turtle #16-3404

On Saturday, October 29, an adult green sea turtle (patient # 16-3404) weighing approximately 52 pounds (sex unknown) was brought to CROW from Captiva.  It arrived depressed, pale and was having increased inspiratory effort. The turtle had a single small Fibropapilloma (a common disease that causes tumors to cover a turtle’s body and impede their vision, mouth, and movement). It is believed that the sea turtle has Brevitoxicosis (red tide).  Overall, the turtle is in great body condition and being provided supportive care (food, water) and being monitored close

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Loggerhead Sea Turtle #16-3477

Loggerhead Sea Turtle #16-3477

A a male adult loggerhead sea turtle (180 lbs) was rescued by the Lee County Sheriff's Department Marine Unit after it received information that the turtle was seen floating near Cayo Costa and unable to submerge.  The sea turtle is currently doing well and is very alert with no signs of neurological damage being present.  It is believed to have brevitoxicosis (red tide). Release date pending.

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Mangrove Water Snake #16-3662

Mangrove Water Snake #16-3662

A mangrove water snake from Sanibel was brought to CROW on November 26, 2016, after it was found with a discharge coming from its mouth. The snake has been QAR (quiet, alert and responsive) with limited activity and is being provided supportive care (food and water). The patient is receiving outside time to absorb sunlight which has helped increase its activity level. 

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Eastern Indigo Snake #16-3659

Eastern Indigo Snake #16-3659

An eastern indigo snake from North Captiva  was brought to CROW on November 26, 2016, after it was found with several abrasions and punctures over a majority of its body.  The wounds were cleaned with saline and  bandages  applied to affected areas.   The adult male snake is approximately 7 feet in length and weighs 5.75 pounds and was pit tagged by SCCF (Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation) in 2013. The snake will continue to receive wound management until the wounds granulate in and skin sheds. 

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Barred Owl #16-3775

Barred Owl #16-3775

An adult barred owl (16-3775) arrived at CROW from Alva, FL on December 12 after being found not moving in the middle of the road with a left eye injury.

Upon examination by CROW hospital staff, the owl was alert with mild dehydration and a retinal hemorrhage in the left eye. Medication was administered in the eye and will be checked for progress in a couple of days. 

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American Bald Eagle #16-3855

American Bald Eagle #16-3855

An adult male American bald eagle arrived at CROW from  Pine Island Sound with a serious left leg injury. The eagle weighs approximately 6 lbs. and was quiet, dehydrated and emaciated. A blood transfusion was performed without any complications and latest tests indicate an increase in red blood cells.

The eagle is showing signs of slight improvement and is more alert, vocal and attempting to stand. The eagle will be closely monitored, receive daily exams and fluids to increase strength and weight.

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Laughing Gulls #16-3932, #16-3933

Laughing Gulls #16-3932, #16-3933

Two laughing gulls arrived at CROW Clinic from Fort Myers after being found in the motor box section of a shrimp boat covered in diesel fuel and motor oil.  When they arrived at CROW’s wildlife hospital both gulls where immediately bathed in warm water with Dawn dishwashing liquid to help remove the diesel fuel and motor oil.

The gulls were emaciated and hypothermic because they lost their natural waterproof protection leaving their sensitive skin exposed. After receiving baths, the gulls where dried off and gently warmed with a hair dryer.

The gulls will receive supportive care and be closely monitored for side effects of the diesel fuel and motor oil.   Click here to see the laughing gulls being cleaned to remove the fuil and oil. 

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Brown Pelican #17-11

Brown Pelican #17-11

A brown pelican (17-11) arrived at CROW from Sanibell that was entangled in fishing line with a hook in its left wing. A CROW volunteer in a kayak rescued the pelican from a bridge pillar under the Sanibel Causeway.

The hook caused multiple wounds and injuries including inflammation in the right leg where the fishing line was wrapped. After giving the pelican X-rays, the veterinary staff discovered that the pelican had a pellet in its neck. It was an old wound imbedded in the skin and posed no threat so the decision was made not to remove it. The pelican is currently bright, alert and eating well.

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Northern Cardinal #17-68

Northern Cardinal #17-68

A northern cardinal arrived at CROW from Sanibel on January 11 after it was  found stuck in a glue trap. Glue was  found on the wings and the beak covering the nares (nose opening). The glue was removed with warm canola oil.  The bird is currently receiving supportive care and is expected to be released soon.

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White Pelican #17-69

White Pelican #17-69

A white pelican (#17-69) arrived at CROW after it was found in the mangroves at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge unable to swim. The pelican arrived weak, unable to keep its head up and evidence of neurological issues. It will receive supportive care until a concrete diagnosis can be made.

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Osprey #17-137

Osprey #17-137

An osprey (17-137) arrived at CROW from J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on January 21, 2017 after it was found in the water unable to fly. The osprey had a traumatic injury to the left foot with severe swelling and is receiving supportive care and pain management. Additional treatment will be based on pending test results.

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