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HOUSTON The Wildlife Center of Texas is currently caring for more than 60 wild animals that were suffering because of the severe drought.

The animals which include baby ducks, screech owls, hawks, barred owls, water birds, rabbits and opossums have been streaming into the center, suffering from dehydration and starvation.

Sharon Schmalz, executive director of The Wildlife Center of Texas, said residents can help the animals through the drought by keeping bird baths filled with fresh water.

Also, if you see a baby bird that s fallen from its nest but is not injured, try to put it back into the nest or into a hanging basket and watch for its parents to return.

If the parents don t return, bring the baby to The Wildlife Center of Texas as soon as possible.

The center has specialists and veterinarians who can meet the wild animals medical needs, further their rehabilitation and release them back into the wild.

The center, located at 7007 Katy Road, is open seven days a week and accepts all injured or orphaned native wildlife.

For more information, call 713-861-9453 or visit wrande, org.

The Wildlife Center of Texas is an affiliate of the Houston SPCA.

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