The Wildlife Rehab & Education Center is Houston’s only trauma hospital for all species of injured, ill and orphaned wildlife and wants to remind the public to be on the lookout for wildlife impacted by our areas freezing temperatures. Since the drastic drop in temperatures, WR&E has been flooded with phone calls from concerned citizens along with an increase in the number of wild animals being brought into their facility.
Although many of these animals have instinctively sought out shelter and should be fine, here are some signs that an animal may need some help:
1. If you are able to approach a wild animal and it does not flee from you, something may be wrong and it should be taken to WR&E immediately.
2. Juvenile Pelicans may be hesitant to find food in the deeper waters due to the cold. If you see any which appear emaciated or lethargic, they may need your help.
3. Many birds which migrate to our area due to the mild climate will have challenges with the lower temperatures and finding food in the cold.
The Wildlife Rehab & Education Center is located at 7007 Katy Road and open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm. If you find injured wildlife after hours keep them as warm as possible, do not feed them and take them to WR&E in the morning. You can also check out the WR&E website at www.WRandE.org for more information.