Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Birthday Party for the Animals

Birthday Party for the Animals for Wednesday March 23, 2011 has been cancelled due to the weather and road conditions.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Thank you for your generosity in our Toy Drive!

Animal Care would like to thank everyone for their generous donations of animal toys this past winter. As you can see below, the many gifts have made a big difference in their lives, giving new enrichment experiences. We appreciate all the time and effort you have given!

Delilah Skunk exploring a new toy!

Delilah and King Louie, our striped skunks, playing on a new bed!
Spike the porcupine on her new stuffed animal!

The Bobcat Saga Continues-- part 2

Our Bobcat has been checked over by our veterinarian and looks good. Our vet did a full body exam, drew blood to check her organs and to see if there are any infections, and weighed her. She weighs 19 pounds-- she's a big girl with her weight being that high and she is still so skinny. Our bobcat has been adjusting slowly, enjoying chicken legs as a treat with her regular meal of a special carnivore diet and venison. She has also started playing with toys in front of us, including balls and large cat toys. We are hoping to finalize a home for her in the next month.

Watch our blog for weekly updates as we help this bobcat find a new home!
We hope to see you at WLS soon enjoying the spring weather!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Celebrating 75 years at WLS!

We want You to help us Celebrate 75 years at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary!

Check out our Facebook page on our Website and post your favorite photos, stories, and memories of the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. Founder's Day is coming up fast on Sunday, April 17th, where we plan to share many of your entries. Haven't heard of Founder's Day? It's a new event here at WLS and here is your invitation:

The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is inviting the Greater Green Bay community to celebrate its 75th birthday! In honor of this milestone, the Sanctuary will be holding a free Founder’s Day event that will feature an animal release, a first person characterization of an old (really old!) founder of the Sanctuary, and a chance to meet some of the Sanctuary’s animal ambassadors. Visitors can also take advantage of all the exhibits and education areas the Sanctuary offers during the year. And what is a birthday party without cake? Sanctuary staff will be serving birthday cake in the Nature Center while supplies last.

So come on up to the Nature Center from 1pm until 3:30pm and help us celebrate our 75th anniversary motto:

"Soaring Forward with the Wildlife Sanctuary"
And thank you all for helping make these past 75 years wonderful!
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Bobcat Saga...

Hello everyone! As you read in the Honker, we have a bobcat here with an interesting tale. She was found two years ago as a kitten wandering outside. Someone found her and decided they would care for her. Now residing at the WLS, we do not know if this kitten was in distress or if something had happen to the mother. Whatever the situation was, this bobcat ended up living in a cage in a basement for 2 years.
After some unfortunate circumstances, this scared, thin creature ended up at the Wildlife Sanctuary. We have been trying to make her comfortable, offering new foods and seeing what she wants to eat, and watching her discover new smells and toys. We are hoping after her vet check we can find her a great home with sunshine above her and grass and dirt below her paws.

There are many wild animals, in Wisconsin and around the world, that find themselves in this situation. As desirable as it may seem, wild animals do not make good pets. As you can see by her pictures below, this bobcat looks very cute, sweet, and harmless. Actually, bobcats are quite dangerous. Any wild orphaned or injured animal found should be taken to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator so it may be handled carefully, treated for any ailments, and given a chance to be released back into the wild where it belongs… not kept in a basement and not able to see the sun. Wild animals deserve to have a chance to be wild.

We are hoping for a happy ending for this bobcat. We will keep you posted through our blog. If you ever have any questions about wildlife, if one is in distress, or if you know of one in need of assistance or care, please feel free to call animal care at the Wildlife Sanctuary at 920.391.3685.
Have a great day—and be sure to get outside and enjoy the arrival of spring!