Severe storms with strong winds and rain blew across the Houston area Friday evening. The Wildlife Center of Texas stands ready to receive baby squirrels, doves, and any other wildlife that may have been impacted by the storm. Executive Director Sharon Schmalz says, "Squirrels are in their second nesting season and these storms can literally blow the babies to the ground."
The Wildlife Center of Texas has the following helpful tips on what to do if you find a baby squirrel or other orphaned wild animal:
- The most important thing to do if you find a baby wild animal is to make sure it truly is an orphan!
- Unless the baby is wet, cold, injured, covered with ants, fly eggs, or maggots or in danger from a predator, simply observe it at a distance for a time for one to two hours.
- If the mother does not come back, pick up the baby animal with a washcloth and put it in a box lined with soft rags.
- Do not feed or water the baby!
- Bring the orphan to The Wildlife Center of Texas, 7007 Katy Road, Houston, TX 77024. The Wildlife Center of Texas is open 7 days a week from 9:00am-6:00pm Monday through Friday and 9:00am-4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday for admission of patients. The phone number is 713-861-9453.
The sooner the orphaned baby can get to The Wildlife Center of Texas, the greater the chance for survival and release back into the wild. Rehabilitation includes hourly feedings and a warm, stable environment using an Avetech Brooder Hood. The Wildlife Center of Texas is appealing for donations to help provide nutritious food and formula, medicine, and veterinary care for these wild orphans. Warming hoods and other much-needed supplies can be found on their Amazon.com wish list. Visit www.WildlifeCenterofTexas.org for more information.