150 injured animals brought to Wildlife Center after storms


by Leigh Frillici / KHOU 11 news


Posted on April 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 18 at 11:21 AM

HOUSTON—The stormy weekend weather brought 150 injured or orphaned animals to the Wildlife Center of Texas over the past two days.

Winds and storms blew the baby animals right out of their homes and people scooped them up and brought them to the Wildlife Center.

People in one neighborhood brought in a brood of 40 blackbellied whistler ducklings. They were found in swimming pools.

Some of the wildlife were brought in injured, such as turtles with cracked shells. Debbie Mitchell, the Wildlife Center’s Operations Director, said that when the bayous rise during a storm, turtles often wind up in the street and are hit by cars.

One of the things they do at the Wildlife center is put a special glue on a turtle’s cracked shells that will hold the shell together while it heals.

"They were not all injured but they were cold or wet or hungry," said Mitchell. "The ones that were injured had broken wings or legs."

The animals aren’t available for adoption, however, because they’re protected by federal and state law. They will be rereleased into the wild once they’re healthy.

The Wildlife Center of Texas does not receive city, state or federal funding. They always need extra help getting food and supplies when they get a big influx of orphaned babies. 

To help the Wildlife Center of Texas log on to its website wildlifecenterof texas.org or you can go to Amazon.com’s wish list. Type in Wild Center of Texas and you will find their wish list of needs.