UPDATE: January 25
‘A life is a life’
Emergency responders stop to help seizing raccoon
By Joanna Fitzgerald | Director of the von Arx Wildlife Hospital
A raccoon was among the 54 animals admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital this past week. Other admissions include a peregrine falcon, a bald eagle and a marsh rabbit.
A resident of Isles of Capri noticed an injured raccoon on the side of Capri Boulevard and called the wildlife hospital for assistance. We quickly phoned one of our experienced volunteers who is also an Isles of Capri resident to see if she could respond. She wasn’t home but sent her husband to see if the raccoon was still alive.
When he arrived at the location, an Isles of Capri fire truck and ambulance had been passing by and stopped to offer assistance to the injured raccoon. At that point, the rescue workers had placed the raccoon on a blanket and were just about to contain the raccoon in a box.
The raccoon was in serious condition and was seizuring while on the side of the road. By the time the raccoon arrived at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital, it was in the post seizure state — its mentation was dull and it was twitching.
Staff administered diazepam and pain medication and placed the raccoon in an animal intensive care unit to rest.
Although the raccoon has been struggling with the injuries caused from being hit by a vehicle, each day has brought slight improvement.
Staff is extremely grateful for the concern so many people showed this raccoon.
To quote one of the firemen involved with the rescue, “a life is a life.” Such kindness and understanding is truly appreciated.
Recent Releases — 12 Wild Animals Go Home
- 1 red-shouldered hawk
- 2 double-crested cormorants
- 1 royal tern
- 2 Virginia opossums
- 1 marsh rabbit
- 3 grey squirrels
- 1 broad-winged hawk
- 1 peninsula cooter
Year in Review
The von Arx Wildlife hospital was only 9 patients shy from admitting 3,600 native animals in 2015. That is a staggering number of sick, injured and orphaned wild animals requiring professional care in our community. We thank everyone who made a difference for so many animals in need by supporting our work.
Opportunities to Help
Please visit our website at www.conservancy.org and learn about the many opportunities there are to get involved.
Volunteers are vital in our efforts to assist native wildlife.
However you choose to become involved, your support will help the Conservancy continue to protect Southwest Florida’s water, land, wildlife and future.