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Here's a happy release story to brighten your weekend. This red fox injured the ACL on the right hind leg. After repair, recovery and rehabilitation, he's off running back to the wild.
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Looking for a fun weekend event? Come meet us at Earth Day in Centennial Park!

http://waldenspuddle.org/about-us/events/
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Here's a follow up on yesterday's owl post, showing the series of events in photos. #1: We were brought an owlet that fell from its nest. After some detective work, we tracked down the nest. #2: Then, Scott and Chad from 911 Wildlife climbed the tree and installed the basket. #3: Oh look! A sibling! #4: If you look closely, you can see Mom's head poking above the basket. #5: A big thanks to Scott and Chad, our nimble friends. (
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Our best case scenario is when a baby animal is reunited with its parents. This great horned owlet fell from the nest, but with a little help from a basket and an intrepid climber, the family is back together. Momma owl loves her new peep hole!
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Apologies in advance if you don't want another distraction. "Big Red" the red-tailed hawk is sitting on her three eggs, which should hatch soon. You can watch them, day and night, on this incredible live webcam.

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We received several phone calls about a mallard duck sitting on the side of I-65 near Vietnam Vets Hwy. He’d sat there for hours, apparently unable to fly. One of our volunteers went to rescue him. Her post-rescue comment, with SNL-worthy delivery: "It will be a long road to recovery, as he has no feet." The decoy has a new home on her couch. Happy Monday!
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Be careful when mowing your lawn this spring. Keep an eye out for piles of leaves and grass - there may be baby bunnies below.

If you find a nest: return to its original condition, recover with leaves and place a piece of yarn or string on top. Wait 24 hours and check. If the string has been moved, the mom is still around. Mother rabbits do not abandon their babies under normal circumstances. She only feeds her babies once or twice during a 24-hour period, usually between dusk and dawn. Give the nest lots of space; rabbits will not go to their nest when predators are in the area, meaning humans.

If you're sure the rabbits are orphans, call Walden's Puddle at (615) 299-9938 and leave a message so we can call you and make arrangements to get them. Until then, follow these instructions: http://waldenspuddle.org/animal-care/help-for-baby-rabbits/
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This little beauty is a female American Kestrel (Falco sparverius). Notice the pairs of black vertical slashes on the sides of her face, sometimes called a “mustache” and a “sideburn." #waldenspuddle  
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Is this a face only a vulture mother could love? Black vultures certainly do, feeding babies for as long as eight months after fledging. It's not over after that; they maintain strong social bonds with their families throughout their lives. Black vultures (Coragyps atratus) are monogamous, staying with their mates for many years, all year round. #Vulture #waldenspuddle
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