HOUSTON -- As the sun beats down on this parched corner of the world, now is the spring of our discontent. No feast, just famine where wildlife is concerned, and no stone is left unturned in the quest for survival.
At the Wildlife Center of Texas, they re bursting at the seams with tiny victims of one of the worst droughts in recent memory. They will take in anything that s injured and orphaned.
They re starving to death, and they re dehydrated, said operations manager Debbie Mitchell. They re just shriveled up to nothing, because there s nothing to drink or eat out there.
They re moms are having a hard time finding food for them, said Sharon Schmalz, the center s executive director. They can t take care of their babies, and citizens are finding them in their yards and bringing them to us.
It s so dry outside, staff members are having to go off site to find green grass so crucial to the diets of the many young rabbits that have been brought in.
From rabbits, opossums and baby raccoons to several varieties of birds -- if it s native to Houston, you ll find it here. The Wildlife Center has seen a 40-percent jump in the number of animals coming in.
Usually we take in around 7,000 live animals, and this year we ve already taken in 3,000, said Schmalz. It s only the middle of May, so this is going to be a very busy year.
A busy year coping with the unnatural order of things.