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Cold Weather Challenges Wildlife

by Mario Gomez

khou.com

Posted on February 19, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 8:49 PM

Since Hurricane Ike, the loss of tree habitat has been impacting the survival of wildlife. The gulf coast is still recovering and the wildlife now is dealing with a series of cold winter periods. This can push the weakest or in the case of the whooping crane, to the edge of extinction. Recently the Houston Wildlife Rehab and Education Center rescued four grey pelicans. Two of the four had been exposed to freezing January readings near Galveston. One actually was treated for frostbite and is now ready to be released. All four pelicans where emaciated and debilitated due to parasites. During these cold spells the food supply for these pelicans goes much deeper into the water. The juveniles like the two below are not use to going deeper for their food supply and soon became sickly. Today, thanks to $1000 dollars of fresh sushi the four will be released under the Kemah bridge on Saturday February 20, 2010 at 10am. Due to the cost of rehabilitation and housing the Wildlife Rehab and Education Center could use some help. Log on to http://wrande.org/ for more information on how to donate. The Wildlife Rehab Center takes in 7,000 orphaned or injured animals a year and with more cold icy weather on the way next week it's likely to be a full house.

  

 

 

 

 

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