New England Wildlife Center
Preserving New England's Wild Legacy
If You Find a Wild Animal

Friends of Wildlife:

Every animal has a right to humane medical care.  It is heart breaking when there are “no more beds” in our hospital for wildlife in dire need.

There are millions of common wildlife injured or orphaned every year in Massachusetts.  The Center can treat approximately 1,200 patients a year.  This is a drop in the bucket!  We do not have the funding for staff to treat more.

There is no government funding or publicly funded entity to care for suffering wildlife.  Less than 1% of the Center’s resources come from folks that bring us wild patients.  By law, we cannot charge anyone, including municipalities, state agencies, and organizations that bring us ailing wildlife.  Read more …


Find a wild animal?

Orphaned animals — Many baby animals that are found alone are not truly orphaned.  Please first consult these guidelines to attempt to reunite the baby with its mother.

Injured animals— Any animal that is found with obvious injuries should be brought to a wildlife rehabilitator or veterinarian for assessment and care.  Be careful not to confuse a juvenile animal learning to be on its one with an injured adult.  These aging charts for birds and mammals will help you tell the difference.

Nuisance animals — As  advocates for wildlife we always recommend that native wildlife be left undisturbed unless it is injured or TRULY orphaned.  Relocating wildlife is ILLEGAL in Massachusetts and often leads to orphaned babies that soon die.   Here is a link to why moving wildlife is harmful.  Also, here is a great link to learn how to live comfortably with wildlife.

Wildlife Facts — Massachusetts Department of Game and Fish is a great resource for facts about native wildlife.  Here is the link to their wildlife facts.

Other Rehabilitators — The MassWildlife webpage has an extensive list wildlife rehabilitators located around the state. They organize them by district, and here are the links to each area.

Western District Rehabilitators

Central District Rehabilitators

Connecticut Valley Rehabilitators

Southeast District Rehabilitators

Northeast District Rehabilitators

Additionally, here is a list of local animal control officers.

Visiting wild patients — Because all of our patients are wild, they are extremely stressed by being in captivity.  Our goal is to minimize the animal’s stress by limiting their exposure to humans while in the hospital.  For this reason we do not allow the public to visit any animals that they bring to us.  However, our Center is open 7 days a week and the hospital is windowed.

Updates on wild patients — Due to our limited staffing we are unable to give updates on wildlife patients by  phone or email.  Staff time is best spent caring for the animals.  At this point, our only means to update you is to send a postcard to let you know ultimately what happened with the animal.  If you did not fill out a postcard address label when the animal was admitted, you can call the Wildlife Center and give us your name, mailing address and the type of animal that you brought to us.   We will attach this label to the animal’s file so you will receive a postcard update to let you know if the animal was released, or unfortunately did not make it.

375 Comments to “If You Find a Wild Animal”

  1. Bass says:

    Hi, I found a baby songbird next to some bushes today. From what I can tell it has a broken leg as it kinda wobbles around on one side of his body. He’s about 7 to 8 days old since he already has feathers. I taped a piece of a toothpick to his leg as a makeshift cast and fed him some bird formula. He’s sleeling right now and if he makes the night, can I could bring him in?

    • Brodie Morris says:

      Hi Bass, our admission hours tomorrow are 10 AM to 2 PM, just give the front desk a call at (781) 682-4878 first to make sure we are open for baby birds, but I believe you should be all set to bring him or her in then.

  2. jackie says:

    Hi…i took in a sick swan earlier today…[his name is chip]..he was very stressed and weak when we left so we are very worried and concerned if he looks to be making it through the night…he’s been a long time buddy of myself and the few neigghbors that live on the pond he is from…his mate has been by several times today calling for him and it’s been heartbreaking to watch…if there is any chance on getting an update on if he has been stablized and looking to be making it through the night…it would be more than greatly appreciated…just very worried because he looked to be in shock when we left with all the stress…thankyou for any and all help your giving to chip.

    • Brodie Morris says:

      Hi Jackie, I’m really sorry but I don’t have that information at the moment and I can’t give animal updates online anyway as a matter of policy :( We have too many people that want to know about specific animals at various times to be able to reply to everyone, and it would be unfair to pick and choose, so we have to standardize it by just updating people by postcard once an animal has left our care. If you are really worried you can come by the Center and take a look at our medical ward, then you could see the swan you brought in if we still have him.

  3. Paige says:

    Hi my name is Paige. I work at an animal hospital in Plainville,MA. A client came in with an injured woodpecker. We do not treat wildlife but I offered to take the woodpecker and I am planning on bringing it to the center tomorrow. I do not know the story of how he found the bird. Anyway the bird is fairly active, I did not see any open wounds, I did see a small bald spot on it’s wing, and when the bird is in a sitting position its tail goes sideways. It is in a shoe box with hay inside. I’m giving it heat support and I made some electrolytes (1 tbsp salt and 1 tbsp sugar in warm water). I haven’t given the electrolytes yet. I suspect this woodpecker is an adult Nuttall Woodpecker. Do you have any advice on what I should feed it overnight before I bring it in? I really don’t want this bird to die overnight!
    Thanks, Paige

    • Brodie Morris says:

      Hi Paige, he should be fine for one night without food as long as you administered electrolytes. If you have the resources you can put some holes in a branch, or find a branch with some holes, and fill them with peanut butter before putting the branch in his enclosure. This will provide him with a high calorie snack to assuage any discomfort caused by hunger.

  4. Emily says:

    I found a fledgling sparrow (my guess is 16-20 days old) laying on it’s back on the road. I brought it in and put it in a box with a cloth on the bottom and have been feeding if sugar water from an eyedropper, and trying to feed it soaked cat kibble, soft cat food, and hard boiled egg, all of which I read online are good to try with young birds. Yesterday I tried to release it back into a bush near where I found it but it just kept going to sleep and falling, so I brought it in for the night. I tried again this morning but it doesn’t seem like it knows how to fly properly yet. It’s also very wobbly on it’s feet, both on the ground and perching. It’s wings and legs are not injured, and I did not find any other external injuries when I checked it over. It’s just been sleeping a lot. I read that they do that when they have a concussion. I’m guessing maybe it either fell out of the tree that was right above it, or ran into a windshield and knocked itself out. Do you have any room for baby birds? If not, what else can I do for it?

  5. sarah says:

    Hello i was at work and found an older cow bird on the ground. It possibly could have hit the building or there are hawks in the area. Its alive and looks like the left wing and foot is broken.. i left it and went to check back and it was hopping around the grass and looking up at the trees.. its very alert and i viewed it from the distance doing it so it didnt see me. it cant move great and the hurricane is coming. please advise can i help it out and get it to a place that can help it? i would hate for a little one that is fighting to live to get stuck on the ground to be eaten or starved.. thanks for any advise. i am at work now and will check later on tonight..

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Sarah, if he’s injured you can take him inside and keep him in a dark enclosed space (like a box) with water and some generic bird seed. We will be available for admits this Tuesday from 10 AM to 2 PM.

      • sarah says:

        katrina, thank you! i have an oversized cage we put towel for stability last night and low branches. his legs seem great now he sits on the branches. its covered so it can stay calm but open near the food and water. balance is better and not sure about wing yet. he does flap it. we will monitor him. any suggestions of food over these next few days? we got sunflower seed from bird food store they are mess free so easier for him to eat or should we try to feed him? we had millet branches too thanks.

        • Katrina Bergman says:

          Hi Sarah, if he’s older and already perching / looks like an adult bird then just leaving the bird seed in a shallow dish will be fine for him. If you want to throw in some millet that would be great as well!

          • sarah says:

            thank you again he loves the sunflower seeds and is now perching and eating very well. he got loose in garage but can’t fly that well yet so back in cage, seems to be growing stronger by the day. we can’t wait to visit the center regardless of the bird situation.

          • Katrina Bergman says:

            Glad we could help! If he is still having trouble flying you can definitely bring him in for us to check him over, but if he is eating well and regains the ability to fly effectively before you make it to us then you can definitely just set him free outside.

          • sarah says:

            katrina, thank you for your help and all that you do!! He began to perch perfectly and really flap his wings. We decided he was well enough for flight and to make it on his own. We open the cage he ran first then flew over a 7 foot pile of dead wood and up into the trees. Then he took off (def not looking back he wanted out to the wild!) He was strong enough to fly and even if he needed a few more days being in the wild seems the best for him. Thanks for your support with my questions! much appreciated and hope to visit the center soon!

  6. Shelly says:

    Hi there,
    It appears we have a probable wood duck nest in our yard and the babies have picked this fine day to take a flying leap into our bushes. We have a seasonal wet land area which is currently dry so I am not sure where these little guys are supposed to go. So far there is no sign of mom duck. I have brought two in the house because they are just sitting in the driveway peeping their faces off. We have domestic ducks so I have set up a brooder for the ducklings. I am keeping an eye out for others. They are fine here for now but is there a duck rescue group where these little guys can go?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Shelly, if possible it would be best to leave them near where you found them so that their mother can find them when she comes back. If something has happened to her, you can bring them to us anytime from next Tuesday onward from 10 AM to 2 PM. We will raise them and release them when they are old enough.

  7. Annie says:

    Hi there,

    I brought home a young bird that I’d like to bring in tomorrow. I tried calling today but had to leave a message as there was no answer. Could you confirm there will be someone there tomorrow between 10-2 for admission?

    Thank you!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Annie, there will be someone there between 10 and 2, however you may want to try calling again before you come over to check our availability. Although we wish we could care for every animal out there, we are a primarily volunteer run and donation funded organization with limited staffing and resources. We have been getting a huge amount of baby birds in recently and we are sometimes just too full to admit more.

  8. Krystin says:

    I just posted below phine area code was typed wrong –

    its 617-240-1279

  9. Krystin says:

    Hi I recently got a call from my cousin whom lives in an apartment complex in Revere, ma she had seen a baby bird in the street that wasnt flying or moving so she picked him up & looked for parents & nest nothing in sight then called me because I had successfully nursed a sparrow back to health last summer due to no one being able to take him & I fed him wet dog food through a straw until he fledged on his own…..But anyways my cousin called me so i rushed over there with a paper towel padded box, canned wet dog food, and a small straw….. WE LOOKED EVERYWHERE FOR A NEST TO PUT HIM BACK BUT WE COULDNT FIND ANYTHING & if we left him he would have died from car or another animal -The bird appeared to healthy and was a baby starling or sparrow coudlt tell at that time nor can i still tell. So i have this bird whom was doing good for a few days with the dog food ate alot and looked happy i was praying his wings were just not developed yet but came across your site and i think somethign is definetly wrong with his wings behind his head you can see skin and his feathers are puffed not smooth, he was chirping alot before but not chirping or being the same and wont take food i tried exact hes taking that but not alot and im really really concerned he tries to fly but falls PLEASE HELP ME CAN YOU LOOK AT HIM AND TREAT HIM PELASE I have been crying since seeing him be sad Its killing me – I really need your help for him- Krystin 671-240-1279
    Email is

  10. jayne says:

    Can you please help. I live in sturbridge and have a bunny that my dog attacked. It has been 24 hours and the bunny in under abash in my front yard. I believe it has a broken leg.

  11. June says:

    A cat bit a baby rabbit last night. I found the baby bunny in our backyard. I brought it in the house and have been nursing it. It survived the night and has been taking milk with a baby medicine dropper.
    My daughters want to keep it as a pet, I wouldn’t mind that, but how can I make sure it gets healthy enough to do that?
    Can I get assistance on making sure it’s healing?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi June, keeping the rabbit as a pet would actually be a very bad idea. Eastern cottontail rabbits are very high stress animals, and in fact they are one of the more difficult animals for us to rehabilitate due to the fact that they can have stress induced heart attacks fairly easily upon contact with humans. While it is possible the rabbit might survive, he or she would never be anything other than constantly scared and uncomfortable while in a human household. Also, cats have a very dangerous bacteria in their saliva that generally kills small animals after a few days with even the smallest amount of contact through a bite. The rabbit almost certainly needs medical care. Finally, it is illegal to rehabilitate wildlife in Massachusetts without a permit. If you would like you can bring the rabbit in to us for medical attention, and we will raise and release him or her back to the wild when the time is right.

  12. kffont says:


    I saw an adult blue heron at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir in Boston near BC College and it looks injured. The feathers were ruffled on the chest on the left side and there was a red stain near it’s wing. I saw the animal at 6 PM on 6/15. It was in the reeds in shallow water across from the Waterworks museum/condos area. I am not able to bring the animal into the center. I have a picture of the bird, but not the injury.

    Thank you.


    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi KF,

      unfortunately we are unable to go and retrieve wildlife on our own. That does sound like the heron is injured, although it is always possible that the red stain came from the blood of a fish it had just eaten. Hopefully if it has problems flying or hunting someone will notice and bring it in to us.

  13. stephanie burton says:

    Today I was outside with me children when I noticed a small group of kids from my neighborhood gathered looking at something. I walked over and I saw that they were poking what they thought was a dead baby bird with a stick. As a watched I saw the wings flutter and realized the bird was still alive. I immediately stopped the children and took the bird to safety. I looked around and couldnt find a nest or mother bird anywhere in the area. I looked online for what to do and made a make shift nest and left near where the bird was originally found. I waited and watched for two hours and no mother came back to the baby. It was starting to get dark and because we have alot of children and other animals in the area I didnt feel comfortable leaving the baby bird out all alone. I brought it inside and its in a cardboard box. Ive tried to feed it but it wont eat. It cant fly and hasnt chirped once since I first found it. im not sure what I should do next. Should I bring it back out tomorrow and hope the mother comes back or bring it to a sanctuary? In the mean time what should I do about feeding it? Im dont know how to get it to eat.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Stephanie, we are open for baby birds at the moment so you can bring him or her to us tomorrow between 10 AM and 2 PM.

    • Kimberly R says:

      Hi I was unsure of how to post a new comment so I just hit reply, I found an injured bird in my yard this morning so I picked him up and put him in a box but had to leave for work at 6am (last year when I found 3 baby squirrels the center was full and couldn’t accept them. They died after a week) so I figured I would let the bird go free and let nature take it’s course without me knowing. I went outside tonight only to find the bird back in my yard squaking like crazy. He’s full of life and wants to fly so bad but he just can’t. Please let me know of a place I can bring him so that he can at least just be assessed if you are full. Thanks in advance.

      • Katrina Bergman says:

        Hi Kimberly, you can call our front desk at 781 682 4878 to get a day by day update on whether we are full on specific animals or not. I believe we are open at the moment, but you can call to make sure. We also have a list of alternative rehabilitators on our website under the Wildlife Care section subtitled If You Find a Wild Animal. The list is sorted by geographic location.

  14. Bridget says:

    Hello all,
    My daughter and I found a painted turtle in the road today (in North Reading, Ma,) and I’m not sure of what to do that would be immediate for care. Ordinarily we would just release a turtle after getting it out of the road, but this painted beauty was unlucky and had been run over. It has a crack in the shell on the underside, and an eye injury. It isn’t overly lethargic, and we are keeping it in a large rubbermaid container with large aquarium stones/gravel on one side and place in a dark room, for now. It leaked quite a bit of fluid, and it was tinged with blood, but bleeding has basically stopped.
    Now, how to proceed. What do I do from here? Bring the turtle in? I hate to think of any animal suffering. If it needs some medical attention, what do I do? Thanks!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Bridget, You can bring him to us tomorrow, we open at 10. Thanks.

      • Bridget says:

        Thanks so much, we’ll see you tomorrow as soon as we can get there. I swabbed the crack with triple antibiotic ointment as well as putting a blob on the eye, just as a safety precaution in the mean time. I would hate for infection to set in.

        • Bridget says:

          Thanks so much for helping with the turtle. I couldn’t remember the street name where we rescued her, but we went back to be sure. They wanted it for when she’s able to be released.
          The area is on route 62W, which is called Park Street in North Reading, Ma. and the closest cross street is Central Street, a short way down Central is the Ipswich River, and that area is The Town of North Reading Conservation Land. She was crossing across RTE 62 at the cemetery area and near the conservation sign, but I think if you go around the corner on Central Street you’d find her habitat. She must have climbed through the reeds, and she would have never made it up the opposite side of the street because of the curbs.

          Thanks again for helping, you are all doing a great work there, and the facility was nice. We enjoyed the trip and the prognosis was good!

          • Katrina Bergman says:

            Glad to hear that Bridget!

          • Bridget says:

            We were too. Please pass on the street information to add it to the paperwork for me, and we are also open to picking her up and releasing her when the time comes. I suppose she could be released almost anywhere if she’s young enough, but if she’s already laid eggs in North Reading she’ll have nest fidelity instincts and that wouldn’t be good. Hopefully they’ll let me know, and I’d be glad to come back to pick her up and release her in the area she was found. Have a great day, and thanks again for being there!

  15. Andrea Lunnin says:

    Hi, yesterday a baby bird fell from its nest and on of my dogs licked it to death, this morning I found another dead bird and one live bird, the limb holding the nest had fallen. I had to move the bird, because of my two dogs and what had happened yesterday. I put on rubber gloves and placed bird and nest in a wheel barrow under where the branch had fallen. Will this work? Will mother bird return to this baby or should I bring it in? I already buried two birds and can’t stand to bury another. Advice? Thanks

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Andrea, it is very possible that as long as the nest is in relatively the same place the mother will come back and continue caring for the baby. You can monitor it from a distance away and if you see the mother come back you’ll know the baby is all set. If you don’t see the mother come back for more than a day then you can bring the baby to us Tuesday through Friday 10 Am to 2 PM.

  16. Jaime says:


    We feed the squirrels in our backyard, and today one of the ones we’ve had around for years came with big patches of hair missing. I don’t see any scales or red scales on her skin, so I’m guessing it’s not mites/mange, but I’m not sure what it is or if there’s anything I can do to help her. I believe the last time I saw her before today was Thursday or Friday and she looked fine then, so it was fairly sudden. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Jaime, there are quite a few things that could cause the loss of hair in a wild squirrel. If you think the squirrel is having trouble moving, eating, or functioning in some way then you can try to bring her in to us, or you can call Animal Rescue League and ask them for help transporting the squirrel. If not, it’s probably best to just leave her in the wild.

  17. Ilene says:


    We have either a gulfer or groundhog who i think maybe living under my deck and shed we see him running back and fourth from the yard to the deck from the shed and its a family with babies we have a dogs my dog goes crazy and attacks it when he’s out on the line one of the dogs have got a hold of one of the babies i don’t want my dogs or the little creatures to get hurt again what should i do??

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Ilene, if its possible to keep your dogs away from them for a few weeks that would be ideal, as the family should be able to move before to long. If that is really not an option, you can call Animal Control and they should be able to relocate them.

  18. Kellie says:

    Hi, my sister and her family found a baby raccoon all by itself in her front yard Friday evening May 30 2014. It was trying to make it up her front stairs, but was too small to do so. This baby will drink a little water from a dish, will not take kitten formula, sometimes nibbles on dry cat food. She tried leaving the baby out in the kennel in hopes mom would come get her baby, no such luck! She has no ability or desire to rehab this raccoon baby. I have 5 dogs and can not care for this baby either, could we please bring it to you? Please? We have it in a carry kennel with blankets, water & cat food. Thank you for your time, hoping to hear from you soon. Kellie 508-203-0275

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Kellie, I’m not sure if we have space for more raccoons right now, we are incredibly full at the moment. You should call the front desk between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM and they will be able to tell you on a day-to-day basis whether or not we are open.

  19. Lynda says:

    Hi folks. Yesterday my daughter found a male red bellied woodpecker on the side of the road. Seemed like he had been hit by a car. His head was in a funny position but he was still alive. We took the rehab course with you in 2012, so she took him home. We have kept him in a warm, dark place in an upright position and he is better, but not great. His head and neck are back in a normal position, and both eyes are open now instead of just one. We read that he will sleep a lot if he’s had a concussion, so i guess that’s what he’s doing. Is there anything else we should be doing for him?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Lynda, you can bring him to us Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM. Trauma such as a car strike can cause numerous medical issues that could require medication or surgical intervention, and it would be a good idea for him to be looked at by a veterinarian.

  20. Catherine Werth says:

    Yesterday at noon I found a raccoon eating the birdseed in my backyard. After that it walked all over my patio and then went after my fish in my fish pond. I scared it away with pots. My dad said to call the police if I see it during the day again. Is that the right thing to do? What if its just hunger and it doesn’t have rabies. I do have two dogs that I’m nervous to let out now and live in a neighborhood with lots of kids and pets. What should I so if I see it again?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Catherine, scaring it away from a distance with pot banging is actually quite a good strategy. Just because a raccoon is out during the daytime does not mean it has rabies, although you should definitely avoid all physical contact with any raccoons just to be safe. Scaring it away with loud noise keeps you at a distance while still convincing it to find a different place to make a home. If it continues to be overly invasive in the neighborhood you can call Animal Control and they should remove it to a different area.

  21. Sabrina Linskey says:

    Hello Katrina,

    I found a baby bird that is a nestling that looked like it fell out of a nest but I checked the nest and the other eggs were tiny and hadn’t hatched yet. I think it might be a robin and the mother bird was not a robin so I guess it pushed the baby out. What should I feed the baby until I can bring it up to the Wildlife? And do you have space for it at the moment?
    Thank you,

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Sabrina, our space tends to fluctuate all the time based on how many animals people bring us, so while I believe that we are open for birds at the moment it would be a good idea to call the front desk before you actually bring the bird in. In terms of food, baby birds are very hard to care for, but the best option if they cannot be brought immediately to a rehabilitator is to feed them a mix of blended kitten kibble and water in a liquid consistency. Use a small syringe and feed slowly, making sure the bird has plenty of time to swallow. Always make sure the formula is warm.

  22. Kim Buckley says:

    Looking for some help I have two raccoons in my yard one that comes out during the daylight hours and one that is living in the eaves of my house. The one in the house comes out at night
    I think the one in the house has babies so I’m not sure who to call to remove them or if I can remove her and babies yet …I do not want them to be destroyed just put someplace else …any advice??

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Kim, the Animal Rescue League of Boston is a sister organization of ours and is always good to call if you have wildlife that you need moved without having them harmed.

      • Kim Buckley says:

        The babies tried to come out and got stuck on the scaffolding …the Mom was nowhere in site
        We put a ladder up for them to climb up back into the eaves .Since then have not seen or heard from them or their Mom?? What do you suggest?

        • Katrina Bergman says:

          If you haven’t seen or heard from them that’s generally a good sign. It sounds like Mom might have come back and bundled them off to a safer place that’s harder to see.

  23. Amanda says:

    I have a couple of baby squirrels that are cuddled up together in a helmet outside on the front porch, right outside the door. I’m not sure if they’ve been abandoned or what but I really don’t want to leave them if they’re not ok. One of them had their eyes open and saw me and didn’t move at all. Any help/suggestions would be awesome. Thanks!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Amanda, you can bring them to us if they have been abandoned, but first you should observe them for awhile to see if they get fed or moved, as it is possible that their mother has just placed them there due to a problem with the old nest. It is unusual for abandoned or orphaned baby squirrels to be found together in an enclosed space outside of their nest.

  24. Jen says:

    My cat just brought a little bunny up to the door. To my surprise when he put him down the bunny started hopping away. We managed to get the cat away from the bunny. But now I don’t know what to do with it. I’ve been reading online to try to figure out his age, it’s eyes are open, and he’s about 5″ in length. I don’t know where my cat got him from, so I can’t being him back to his nest. He looks unharmed on the outside. Any suggestions on what to do with him? Thanks in advance!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Jen, it is often a good idea to have wildlife looked at after being attacked by a cat even if they seem fine, as cats have a very deadly bacteria in their saliva that can kill animals without leaving a mark. We are open to admission Tuesday through Friday, and in the meantime if you keep it in a warm place with water and green leafy vegetables available it should be ok.

  25. Pamela says:

    We found a Savannah Sparrow with what looks like a broken wing and have contacted a local vet who cant see him till Monday. We didn’t think he’d last the night but to our surprise he did. We’re now just trying to keep him alive till Monday. What do they eat? Is there anything we can do so he doesn’t further injure his wing? Any other general advice or things we should know?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Pamela, Savannah Sparrow can eat “exact” which you can find in a pet store to help him survive until tomorrow when you see the veterinarian. Best of luck.

  26. Joseph says:

    I found an injured robin today. looks like a hurt wing or foot.Likely bumped a car. Unfortunately you guys are closed today so I don’t know what to do. got the guy in a little box sitting in a quiet place so he wont get stressed out.Pretty sure if he gets care he’ll be fine. I just couldn’t leave him helpless on the ground to get shredded by stray cats.

    • joseph says:

      Update. Pretty sure it’s the leg or foot based off observations.wont touch him cause he’s wild but im gonna find a worm for him cause robins like worms. And if i violate a law saying i can’t offer a worm to a robin too bad.compassion sets us aside.
      My name is joe light.

      • Katrina Bergman says:

        Hi Joe, robins do indeed eat worms and that is a good food to offer them. We are open for admissions starting Tuesday at 10 AM, and we can take the robin then. If you can keep him warm, make sure to offer water, and feed him either worms or finely chopped fruit then he should be alright until you can bring him to us. Best wishes.

        • joseph says:

          What would be the best way to offer the bird water? A little shallow dish or cup? I got him warm, the box is covered, there is two worms with him.(btw worms are hard to find when you need one. Had to recruit some kids to help me)
          He/she is calm, not in shock, laying with its right leg out to the side as if it’s trying to keep the weight off.
          Just wondering what’s the best way to offer food and way to offer water to an immobile bird?

          • joseph says:

            update: shes drinking water and ate all the worms, yay. i think the left wing and right leg is the injury based off observance. very alert, no shock, calm and very well tempered just immobile.

          • Katrina Bergman says:

            Hi Joe, a small dish with short sides is ideal for food and fine for water, just make sure the dish with the water is shallow enough for him to be able to bend his head in while still being tall enough to hold the water without spilling. If you leave the food and water in his box he should eat on his own. I’m glad to hear that he’s doing well.

  27. All winter, a chickadee has been persistently coming up to our window in Allston and chirping at us. It flies at the glass, chirping, then lands on the outside sill and just *stares* at us. We can get quite close, although sudden movements drive it away.

    Have you heard of this? It looks like the thing I’ve seen birds do when the feeder is empty, but I don’t believe there has been a feeder on this window for some years. (Perhaps it has mistaken our house for another?) Or could it be a bird that someone illegally raised? (Or even a rehabbed bird that isn’t quite independent yet?)

    It’s very cute, but if it is trying to rely on us for food I’d be a bit concerned.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Tim, I would just enjoy seeing her. You are right, there could be many reasons why, but you probably won’t figure out which one. I also wouldn’t feel badly about feeding the chickadee either if that is what you decide to do. She sounds awesome to see. :)

  28. Tron says:

    I brought a racing pigeon to NEWC in January. Racing pigeons live an awful, risky life. They are bred to “race” or find their way home. If they do not return at a time that’s “in the money” , they are culled (killed). If they do not return at all, it is almost always because they got injured on their journey and or died. We found one with severe injuries and kept him for 7 weeks. After being well enough to leave us, we took him to NEWC. Ironically, you “animal rescuers” returned him to that horrible life. Racing Unions gamble on whose pigeon will come home alive or at all. It’s a money thing. I was informed yesterday that NEWC let Racers adopt him. THANKS FOR THE DEATH SENTENCE GUYS. So shameful.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Tron, New England Wildlife Center does have a volunteer that takes some racing pigeons that come to us, and he cares for them for the remainder of their lives with love and respect. New England Wildlife Center is a hospital. We care for wild animals and release them back to the wild. We are not a shelter, animals do not remain forever at the Center. Please contact me 781 682 4878 x122 if you would like to discuss our policies. Katrina Bergman, Executive Director

      • Dr. Adamski says:


        Greetings. As the veterinarian that cared for that patient, I can confirm that the bird was not returned to the original owner. We treated the bird for its severe injuries (e.g. suspected Cooper’s Hawk attack) and then the bird was adopted by a local pigeon fancier that we have worked with for years and has provided a good home for many pigeons throughout the years. I hope this clarifies the situation. Thank you for taking the time to bring the bird to us. I’m pleased we both worked together to help out this bird who was in need of assistance and found it a good home were it can live out the rest of its life happy and content. All the best. Should you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to email me at

  29. Pamela says:

    hi- there is a group of geese in rockland everyone knows about- but aomething in particular was disturbing to me today. they were hanging out in the parking lot of dangelos, one was sitting and the rest drinking water from melted snow: one of them had a really thick tube like thing around its neck that, to me, seems way too large and cruel, albeit, to be a tag. it’s yellow and I can make out “2MM” on it. there is something preceding the number 2 but I don’t know what precisely. I took a photo. this tube like thing appears to be hindering the poor thing from its natur feeding position. I personally wouldn’t want something that large on my neck. if it is indeed a tag, can someone make a smaller bracelet sized one for it? because this is just cruel. if it’s not a tag, I think the little bigger for into PVC or aomething. maybe someone can check it out?
    please let me know where I can email the photo to!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Pamela, if it looks like it is causing the bird distress you can bring the bird to us and we can see if he or she is doing OK. I can tell you in general that in order to place a band in the US you must have a permit that requires quite a bit of experience and education, so if that is the case then it should not be too large for the bird to be comfortable.

      • laura fretz says:

        i have a goose that is outside my work all the time he is banded and friendly, but you can tell he is not ok, he acts out very weird sometimes running in circles with his head down, sometimes he acts like he can not see good he does not want to be around the other 100 geese or 100 ducks that hang outside to, is there anything i can do to help? he is making some customers scared, and others wants us to find him help

        • Katrina Bergman says:

          Hi Laura, If he looks sick, you can call the Animal Rescue League of Boston and ask them if they will come out. If they are able to catch him, they can bring him to our hospital and we can help him. You can also call your animal control officer and see if he/she will rescue the goose and bring the bird to us. Best of luck. If you can get him here, we can try to help. Best, Katrina

  30. brianne walsh says:

    I have an injured deer in my backyard. She appears to have a hurt leg, no blood, she’s sheltered and we have thrown some apple slices near her. I have spoken to our local rehab person and they are unable to rehab deer due to local law. She told me to contact your office to see if there may be further help.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Brianne, Unfortunately that is a state of Massachusetts law. Best bet is to call the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. I’m so sorry. That must be horrible to see. The poor deer. I wish I could help you. :(

  31. Mark Diodato says:

    My dog I found a wild duck (or a goose) near my house and it has been in the same spot for nearly 12 hours. It moves it’s head fine. Should I call the vets??

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Mark,

      If the duck or goose does not seem to be able to move when approached you could certainly bring it in to us and we can make sure that it’s taken care of if it has a health issue. Our hours of admission are from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Tuesday through Friday.

      • Mark Diodato says:

        The goose is still there –
        I live in Quincy. Is Bridgewater the closest place??

        • Katrina Bergman says:

          Mark, You can bring him to us if you would like to. We are here tomorrow (Sunday) 10-2 – New England Wildlife Center – 500 Columbian Street – Weymouth – MA. Our phone number is 781 682 4878 and Mary Ann will be on the phones tomorrow. I don’t know of a wildlife center in Bridgewater, sorry. Best of luck.

  32. Erick says:

    Hello, my daughter found a Milk Snake in our basement. I know we can’t put it outside due to the winter. It seems to have a cut on one of it’s sides. Is there anything I can do to help it.

  33. Andy says:

    Hello All,
    I am remodeling my third floor and have a few bats up there. One is clinging happily to the ridge but the other is in the tub. Its been in the tub for a few days. I have an insulation company coming and they’re going to fill the rafter bays so the bats need to be relocated. I’ve been calling around all morning but can’t find anyone who can help. I’d happily buy a bat box and have them relocated outside. Some guidance would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,

  34. Patricia Keough says:

    On your page:

    Under “Other Rehabilitators” (“The MassWildlife webpage has an extensive list of wildlife rehabilitators located around the state. Additionally, here is a list of local animal control officers.”) the LINK for wildlife rehabilitators is broken. Goes to an error page.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Thanks Patricia, We’ll check it out. The rehabber list can be found at the division for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Thanks again.

  35. Shannon says:

    Hi, how are you? This last monday (12/2) I found newly hatched baby turtles in The Fenway. There were two dead babies near the mouth of a hole and many live babies crawling to the muddy river. I brought the two least responsive home with me. I understand that’s wrong, and that I made a big mistake. I don’t know why baby turtles would be hatching now? If they’re native, I want to get them to someone who can care for them and release them as soon as possible. I could be incorrect, however they would appear to be red eared sliders. Any advise or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks you!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Shannon, At this point you can bring them to the Center so that we can overwinter them. We are open for wildlife admissions tomorrow, Sunday from 10-2 or you can come Tue – Fri 10-2. There are directions on this website. Best of luck.

  36. Marion says:

    I’ve noticed a Canadian goose where I work that only has one foot. The other is just a stump. With winter fast approaching I feel so sad for the poor thing. He’s stumbles all over the place and is much smaller than the other geese. Is there anything I can do or anyone out there that could help out?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Marion, If he is stumbling and looks sick, then you call call your local animal control or Animal Rescue League of Boston who can try to capture him. If you can bring him to us, we can help him. Generally speaking, sometimes they can do just fine with one leg. If he looks like he is in trouble though and you can get him we are open this weekend. Best of luck.

  37. Kyle says:

    I found a spotted turtle in the road with a badly cracked shell, it seem the a car had ran it over. So I took it home and took care of her. It has been 5 months and now her shell is healed is it safe to release her back into the wild?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hello Kyle, Unfortunately, it is against the law in Massachusetts to possess a spotted turtle unless you have a permit or are a licensed wildlife rehabber. Right now is not a good time to put a turtle back in the wild because she may not have enough time to prepare for winter. You can bring her to New England Wildlife Center and our veterinarian can check her out and we can over winter her. Hope that helps. :)

  38. Lori Mullin says:

    We have a Canadian goose near our house with an injured wing (looks broken). Can you give me some advise on how to handle it so I can bring it in, if possible? We have given it some food and it is eating.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Lori, You can call Animal Rescue League and if they are able to they will come out and capture the goose and bring him or her to us. If the goose is weak, you may be able to through a sheet over his or her and scoop her up. You can bring her in tomorrow, Saturday or Sunday. Best of luck.

  39. Bill says:

    I think I have squirrels in my attic, what should I do?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Bill, the best suggestion I can give you is to call a humane problem animal control company. That is a tough problem and people have tried hundreds of things. There is no easy answer I can give you. Best of luck. :)

  40. Josh says:

    I found a male alligator snapping turtle with a prolapsed intestine I can’t keep nor do I have the funds for vetinary care what should I do

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Josh, If he is a wild snapping turtle, you can bring him to us and we will try to help. Admission hours are 10-2 tue-fri. Alligator Snappers are not native to Massachusetts, however. Please call our front desk and talk to our veterinarian Dr. Rob Adamski. Thanks.

  41. Sonja Igusa says:

    Hello. I found a baby chipmunk (eyes open, so maybe 4-5 weeks?) next to the highway. Since I was in a rush I didn’t have time to set up a box and try to track down its mom, so I brought it home and set it up with some towels, apple slices, and a porcelain heatlamp for warmth. At this point we’ve fed him some puppyformula and offered him some rat/mouse food. Should we go try to return him, or keep caring for him, or what? We scouted what we think is the den, but I’m not sure its his, and I’m worried something might have got in and hurt his mom :<

    • zak says:

      Hello Sonja. He is probably a late season baby, that is not uncommon this time of year. It is possible that he was venturing out on his own for the first time and is ready to go. Please call our front desk and one of our vet-staff will be able to give you a recommendation as to how to proceed. Thanks for your concern and compassion.

      • Sonja Igusa says:

        alrighty, I contacted you guys and have been caring for the little fellow in the meantime. We’ll call again tomorrow before swinging by to drop him off, but so far he’s been doing really well :)

  42. Sue says:

    Hi. There is an injured Canada goose near me. I saw her a couple of weeks ago with fishing line around both ankles. This weekend I saw her again. The fishing line was only around one ankle, but she could not use that leg. I can’t tell whether it’s broken or the swelling just comes from the wire being so embedded. It is heartbreaking. Can you help?

    • zak says:

      Hello Sue, It is always heartbreaking to see an animal in need. As we are not a rescue organization we can not transport wildlife, but you should call animal control for your town and alert them to the situation. If they are on the South Shore there is a good chance the Goose will end up with us, or he will go to one of the other local rehab facilities. Thank you for your concern, if you have any questions or would like us to refer you to the closest animal control office call our main-line and we will be happy to help. Thanks!

  43. Dear New England Wild Life Center,

    My name is Carly, and i live in NH.I LOVE raccoons.But the thing is my parents think ownig a raccoon is crazy.I just can’t stop asking them and asking them.There just soooooooooooo cute!If it’s posible I would like to get a kit. I would love a baby raccoon. But I don’t know if it would fit into our house. We have so many pets. We have a dog,cat,fish, and chinchilla.They are all pretty calm except for our dog. If she she sees another animal she freaks out.I really hope that we are able to own a raccoon.And I hope you can persuade my parents to get one. Please write back as soon as posible. Thank You!

    – Carly Esposito

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Carly, Yes, I agree with you. Raccoons are the best! They are intelligent, funny and beautiful. BUT – Raccoons are happiest in the wild with other raccoons. As much as you would like to own one, it wouldn’t be fair to the raccoon. It is also against the law, so your parents are right. However, the New England Wildlife Center helps baby raccoons that are orphaned in the spring time, and sick and injured raccoons all year round. Maybe you can come visit us some day and I will give you a tour. My email is Have a good weekend. It sounds like you have a house full of furry and finny love up there in NH! ha ha :) Best, Katrina

  44. Destiny says:

    There is an injured turkey living in my mother’s yard with one of it’s offspring. Earlier this summer it had an injured leg and was limping badly.The leg was healing a bit, but she still limps. Two nights ago, it was attacked by something and my mother found feathers all over. Today, she finally saw the turkey and it had a wound on its back with missing feathers and there was some dried blood. If she can capture it can she bring it in? Also will the baby be ok by itself? It is nearly full grown. All the other babies have left the mother except the one.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Destiny, Unfortunately the Center is off intake until Tuesday September 10 :(. There is a list of wildlfie rehabbers on this site or you can go to the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife site too. Very best of luck.

  45. Nicole says:

    There are four baby squirrels (furry tails, but eyes closed) on our front lawn/ sidewalk. Two were huddled together, the third and fourth were alone and at least 10 feet from the two together. We put them in a box on the porch (close to where we found them) with some water for the night. They are all snuggled up together. It’s Labor Day and I wasn’t able to get in touch with animal control or a rehabilitor today. What should we do with these little guys? Thanks, Nicole 617-543-8992

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Nicole, I am sorry but we are off intake for babies. There is a list of rehabbers on our website and also on the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife website. Very best of luck. Thank you.

  46. kymberlee says:

    While taking photos at Pope John Paul Park in Quincy, I noticed a great blue heron that appears to have a broken wing. It does not appear to be flying, but looks like abrasions and blood/swelling under wing and at the top of its leg on that side.
    possible collision? I have seen it there 2 mornings in a row, same location under/near the bridge.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Kymberlee, If someone gets him to us we can try to help him. The Center cares for injured wildlife but we do not have resources to rescue. You can call animal control or the Animal Rescue League of Boston. The League will come out if they are able and bring him to us. Very best of luck. I hope we can help.

  47. sherry angeloni says:

    someone hit a beautiful possum (1am tonight), he got himself across the road – it appears back leg. I’m going to go back out to see if I can get him into a box. If, so can you look at the possum tomorrow (Sat) what time would work? Sherry

  48. Aleigha Campbell says:

    I have a goose with what seems to be fishing wire wrapped around its right leg so bad that it is actually falling off. The goose wont move or fly very far without dropping to the ground and staying staitonary. I’ve called the NH Fish and Game and they’ve sent someone over 3 times to capture it and bring it to a wildlife rehabilitator but for some reason are unsuccesful. It has been at my work for 3 weeks now and becomming a ‘nuisance’ for some people.
    What should I do??? Thank you.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Aleigha, That poor goose. That must be horrible to witness. The best you can do is what you have already done. The first rule in wildlife medicine is – if you can’t catch them, you can’t help them. When he is debilitated enough they will be able to catch him and bring him to a rehabber. Perhaps there is animal control or another animal rescue nonprofit where you are in NH that could also try to safely capture him and bring him to a wildlife rehbber in NH. If you were in MA, I would tell you to call the Animal Rescue League of Boston and they could try to capture him and bring him to us. Very best of luck. So sorry for the goose and for you. Please let us know how you make out. Hoping for a happy ending. :)

  49. Deeanna says:

    I found 7 baby bunnies today, although 3 were eaten by a hawk there are 4 left I was wondering if I could bring them in? Also what are your hours?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Deeanna – We are off intake for babies right now, unfortunately. There is a list of wildlife rehabilitates on this website. You can also visit the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife website for a list of rehabbers. You can also try calling us to see if something opens up at 781 682 4878. Very best of luck to you and the baby bunnies.

  50. Cynthia says:

    My neighbor mowed his lawn today after many weeks. Before sunset a cottontail rabbit was in the middle of the yard and I assumed she was grazing. A cat came into the yard, the rabbit ran off, and the cat ran away with a baby rabbit! I did not know it was a rabbit or a nest until the cat went back to the nest and took another! …..I ran across the street and found a baby a few feet away from the nest and I took it and put it in a shoebox with a towel. Everything I have read online says to put the baby back and the mother will return in the night to feed/look for her babies. How can I do this when the cat kept returning at least a half dozen times. Also, I spotted another cat as well in the yard. I want to do what’s best and feel it was best to take the babby out of harms way, but now what? Can you take her/ him? Thank you.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Cynthia, Unfortunately the best you can do is return the baby where you found him/her. They have a better chance in the wild then they do in captivity. Bunnies die easily from the stress of being in the hospital. Injuries from domestic cats are one of the top reasons why wild animals are admitted to our hospital. If you know where the cats live you can ask the folks to keep their cats in until the bunnies grow and leave. If the bunny is injured you can certainly bring him or her to us. Taking a wild animal that is healthy out of its habitat is known as wildlife kidnapping. Although it is a very difficult situation, that is the reality of it. I wish I had better news for you. Very best of luck.

  51. robert says:

    came across a very bad injured snapping turtle in the road today , the shell was very cracked in three places and a lot of blood but alive should i have brought it in . the separation of the cracks where around an inch i didn’t think it would have lived i just placed it in the woods

  52. Emily says:

    I saved a baby bunny from my cat a little while ago. He doesnt seem to have bite marks on him. He does though have fur ripped/ pulled out. Will his wound heal on its own? Do i give him any sort of anibiotics? Please help!

  53. Meredith says:

    I’ve found a baby rabbit in our landscaping where my husband was working. We left it alone thinking the mother would return but after 36 hours she has not. I think one of its paws is damaged (its a little wobbly) I left water and celery and clover can I bring it in? I don’t want anything to get at it.

  54. Shani says:

    Hi, As it is summer plants are starting to grow rapidly at our home so I started to trim trees and bushes and as I was trimming I found a bird’s nest with baby birds in it. I would like to leave it alone but I have three cats and the tree is starting to bend over (the nest might fall) what should I do?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Shani, The best bet for the birds is to leave them alone and keep the cats inside until the birds fledge. It usually takes 3-4 weeks from hatching to fledge. I know that isn’t an easy answer but keeping wild things wild is best for them. Cats are believed to be the number one killers of wildlife, along with cars and lawn chemicals. Just do the best you can. :)

  55. Victoria Coleman says:

    I have an injured adult bird (robin sized) that flops around on the ground I found last night. I have volunteered for a rehabilitator for many years, so I can take care of it to some extent; however, I think it needs medical attention. I work during the day, so is there a way to drop off the bird in the evening? Otherwise, is there a veterinary office near Needham that will help me out with a wild bird?


    • Jack Banagis says:

      Hello Victoria,

      Unfortunately we are not able to extend our wildlife admission hours. Our hours were established to accent the times in which our staff veterinarians are available to care for the new arrivals. For a list of other Wildlife Rehabilitators please go to . We wish you and the adult bird the best of luck.

  56. julia says:

    My dog attacked a baby rabbit and paralyzed his back legs can you help him by any chance?

  57. debbie says:

    my husband brought home a turtle from a golf course about 25 yrs ago hes healthy but im not so sure hes very happy living out his life in my kitchen. is there any chance he can be safely released?

  58. judith curry says:

    My greencheek conure parrot escaped from his carrier last week when I was taking him for a wing clipping, in braintree.if anyone sees topaz please let me kmow.thank you, judy 781 843 5431

  59. Kylie says:


    I found a small sparrow in my driveway this afternoon with what looks like an injured left wing. He can jump and tries to fly but isn’t able. Not fuzzy so probably not a baby, though he is small. Small cut near his beak as well. Otherwise looks well. We scooped him up and brought him inside in a shoebox for the night. Can you help us?

    Much thanks!!


    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Kylle, We open for admission again on Tuesday. You can bring him in beginning at 10:00 am. There is also a list of rehabbers on this site or the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Website. Very best of luck.

  60. Sarah T. says:


    I found a young blue jay on the ground in the yard. My Siberian Husky was howling at it, but surprisingly, did not seem interested in hurting/eating it. I’m worried that something might be wrong with the bird and would like to help it, if possible. It has feathers and fluff, but certainly doesn’t look full grown. Please advise what I can do for him/her!


    • Sarah T. says:

      Disregard! They are definitely fledglings and learning to hop/bop/fly. I went back down every 5 minutes or so to observe them from afar, and they hopped around and seemed fine. The parent blue jays started squawking, too, so I think they’re fine and are just learning to fly.

  61. Janice says:

    Hi, I have a bat clinging to my pool wall just above the water level and it’s been there for at least 3 hours. It’s probably either injured or rabid and I’m just wondering if you can advise –
    Thanks –

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Janice, If the bat is still there don’t touch him/her. If you can, try to take a shovel and remove the bat from the area. You don’t want to get bitten. If you are able to place the bat into a box without touching him/her, you can close the top and bring the bat to us. You can also call animal control and see if they are able to assist. Hope that helps. Good luck. :)

  62. Amber says:

    Hi my husband co worker found a turtle (painted turtle?) in the road and brought it to work! We need help- what is the best thing to do?

  63. Allie says:

    Hi! I found a baby chipmunk in the middle of the sidewalk this morning. He’s not moving his back legs at all, but otherwise seems okay. I have him in a shoebox right now. Will you guys take him and fix him? I couldn’t leave him there!!

    Thank you!!!
    Allie, Newton, MA

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Allie, I am sorry but we are closed for July 4. There is a list of other wildlife rehabbers on this site or you can also visit the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife site. Very best of luck.

  64. Joann says:

    Found a small brown bat with an injured wing. Left it alone outside for several hours, but can’t fly away or move all that well. Picked it up with gloved hand and put it in a shoebox. Can you take it, and how should I care for it until/if I can bring it to you?

  65. Lisa says:

    Hi, I have a small rabbit that was saved from a barn cat (he’s old enough to be on his own). I made a box for him/her last night with shavings, hay, carrots and water…and it’s covered and quiet. He does have two spots where there appears to be broken skin, but not bleeding or no puncture wounds. He made it through the night, and one spot appears to have closed. I’d like to speak to someone about what more to do, if there’s room for him/her at your center, or if there’s someone local available to look at him/her. I am comfortable with doing as much as I can for him at home if you are full. Thank you!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Lisa, Cat bite wounds really need to be treated with antibiotics. You can bring him in to us tomorrow if you can. We open at 10 am for admissions. If we are too far away, there is a list of wildlife rehabbers on this site or you can visit the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife website. Very best of luck. :)

  66. Tammy says:

    We found a baby bird on it’s back chirping all alone next to the shed…we put out on a box with a soft cloth and feed out sugar watered soaked bread that it really liked…we would like someone to care for this poor little guy. Can you help please?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Tammy, Unfortunately we are at capacity for baby birds. We just don’t have room for anymore. When some are released we will be able to accept more. There is a list of wildlife rehabbers on this site or on the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife website. Very best of luck.

  67. Abby says:

    Hello – I have three baby skunks (there may be more) that are orphaned. I watched them all day wandering around in the back of the house in the woods near where I suspect their den is. There is an adult killed nearby on the highway. The babies have been out all day alone, though they did hang out with a black cat for while! We have some experience with wildlife rehab, we are trying to find someplace to take them in the morning! Thanks for any suggestions.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Abby, You can bring the baby’s to us. We are open for admission for baby mammals but full for baby birds. We open at 10 am tomorrow. :)

  68. Brian says:

    My friend and I just found a baby bird! It is only a day or two old (no feathers, can’t open eyes and is extremely small). We have no idea what to do. We’ve placed it in a shoebox with a nest made of toilet paper. Any advice would be great, Thanks.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Brian, The Center is overwhelmed with baby birds so we can’t take him/her. :( There is a list of other wildlife rehabbers on this site and you can also visit the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s website. We wish you and the baby bird the very best.

  69. Sharon says:

    My cat just brought a baby bunny home and after getting over the shock, the little guy seems to be doing ok. Think he had a bit of a bloody nose, but I am not sure that he is injured otherwise. I don’t know where he came from as I have a big yard with a lot of woods. I am not sure if he is old enough to survive on his own. Can you take him? Thanks.

  70. Marcia Previatti says:

    My son found a Robin with a broken leg. What I should I do? kids are very upset and they wanted me to call the ambulance or take him to a hospital.


    • Jack Banagis says:

      Hey Marcia,

      It is very upsetting to find an injured animal. We currently are able to accept the robin, please drop by during admission hours (Tuesday – Friday 10 AM to 2 PM) to transfer the bird into our care. We wish the best of luck to you, your caring children and the baby robin.

  71. Brenda says:

    My niece found a baby robin that fell out of a nest and has a badly injured beak. Little guy looks like he’s just about ready to fly. Not sure where to bring it.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Brenda, Unfortunately our hospital is full and can’t take any more baby birds until a few of the ones we have now are released back to the wild. There is a list on this site of other wildlife rehabilitators and you can also visit the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife website. Very best of luck to you and the little robin.

  72. Anthony Butler says:

    A rather large snapping turtle gas taken residence right under the porch at house in concord. She might be digging to lay eggs… Won,t let me get close enough to find out. In either case.. It needs to be relocated.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Anthony – It is illegal to relocate wildlife in the state of MA. Don’t worry, she is doing exactly what she is supposed to be doing. Just give her some space and let her lay her eggs. Neither she nor her babies will take up permanent residence. She has just as much a right to be here as we do. She’ll be on her way soon enough. :)

  73. Corinna D'Schoto says:

    So there is a small opossum that has been stuck in a barbed wire fence since 1 am. Animal control has been called a number of times since 1am but has yet to respond. Unfortunately this is a college neighborhood, so there’s been a fair share of people going up to it to take pictures, which scares it and it struggles getting its feet more ensnared in the wire. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  74. Amy says:

    We found a baby duck (believe it’s a Mallard) in our yard yesterday afternoon. We live up hill from a pond, but can’t believe the baby got all the way up to our house on its own. We did not see any signs of the mother/family after several hours. It started to get cool and rainy so we set up a box with a blanket, shallow bowl of water, and chopped leaves (lettuce/clover/dandelion) for food. The duck seems perfectly healthy, no injuries. We called the local Audobon society and they recommended calling Tufts wildlife clinic. By then, closed for the day. The baby survived the night! We kept in inside with a space heater to keep it warm/dry. Tufts will only take injured animals but they recommended that I call you folks. Can we foster the duck for any amount of time? Will it survive on it’s own once its older? If we cannot keep it, do you take orphaned baby ducks? My daughter would love to care for it as long as possible… Thanks for your help and advice! Amy

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Amy, The State of MA only allows people with a Massachusetts Rehabilitation Permit to care for wildlife. We are happy to care for the baby if you would like to bring him/her to us. Please call before you come, because our hospital can fill up quickly this time of year. There are millions of wild animals in need of care each year and we can care for just a fraction of them, unfortunately. We are the only comprehensive wildlife hospital in metro-Boston that cares for injured and orphaned wild animals. We are a nonprofit and receive no government funding to operate our hospital. The Center survives from donations. So, we do our best but calling ahead will save you the trip if the hospital is full. Best of luck. :)

  75. Kim says:

    Hi. I was wondering what I should do about a baby sparrow I found amongst a group a other baby sparrows who had all died on the ground of a public parking lot. It has some feathers, but is still sporting some of the white “fuzz”. It is difficult to tell if it’s injured, but it certainly needs help. What should I do? It seems that something must have happened to the nest, causing them all to fall to the cement. It was a horrible sight.

  76. Jennifer says:

    We have 3 baby canadian geese abandoned on rail railroad tracks. We are not from this area and are staying in Lenox, MA at the moment. We have no idea where to take them or who can help. Any information you can give us is much appreciated.

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  78. Siobhan R says:

    Hi, I just found a baby opposum walking next to a busy road where I work. He seems borderline teenaged but did not react to me approaching him at all which makes me think hes too young to be defensive at all? Not sure whether to bring him somewhere safe away from the road or bring in to a place somewhere??

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hello Siobhan, Opossums are free and on there own as soon as they drop off mom’s fur. That can be when they are very young or much older. I would just leave him alone to do his thing unless he seems injured. Hope that helps. Best of luck.

  79. Rick H says:

    Hi. We live in Pembroke next to a pond and a stream which runs into the pond. We have a pair of Mute Swans that have been in the area, living on the pond for several years. It is mating time. So, this season they built a nest on a tuft in the stream next to our house. There are also Canadian Geese living in the area (lots of ponds and wetlands). The yearly battle has begun between the Swans and the Geese. The female swan has laid eggs and the male swan is very busy protecting the nest from the Geese. I found what I believe is a Swan egg on a path behind our house right near the area of the stream where the Swan nest is. The egg is intact. I have no idea how it got from the nest over to the path. Especially intact. Our question is: what do we do with it? Can it be put back in the nest? We have been keeping it warm. But not even sure if the mother will accept it back since we have touched it. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Rick, I consulted our veterinary team. Unfortunately, the egg won’t be viable. The mom may have laid it on the path. When her body is ready for her to lay the egg it does so, even if it is in the wrong spot. Hope that helps. :)

    • Rick H says:

      Update: My wife had some information regarding this egg we found. She saw a goose walking around on our property near the previously mentioned stream. Apparently both the Swans and the Geese have their nests in rather close proximity to each other. We now believe the male swan probably removed an egg from the goose nest after chasing off the geese. Which is what goes on all day everyday from sunrise to sunset. A constant battle between them. So, my question is answered. Thanks.

  80. Jim says:

    Excellent advice. In Toronto Canada, we have a lot of raccoons living in the city. What is advised is to contact animal rescue. The city has great resources in place to help urban wildlife.

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  82. Joan Burgess says:

    My brother has been feeding a canadian goose who has an injured leg and cannor fly. He says it cannot defend itself and is afraid if attacked, it will be killed. It has been staying on his property on the water in Halifax for a few weeks now, but has not improved. Can he bring it to your sanctuary?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Joan, You can bring the Canada Goose to the Center. If we are able to help him, he will receive medical care and be released back to the wild. The New England Wildlife Center is a wildlife hospital, however, not a wildlife sanctuary. It is illegal in MA for rehabbers to keep any wild bird longer than 90 days. Wildlife need to be in the wild, they generally do not do well in captivity. A Canada Goose that cannot fly is humanely euthanized because he cannot survive in the wild on his own.

  83. Sonya says:

    Hi- we have a herd of deer that roam our neighborhood. One of the adults has what appears to be a badly broken front leg. When it tries to step down on it the leg buckles. Heartbreaking to see. Natick Police were very compassionate but said the best they could do to help would be to put it out of its misery if death is imminent and then we’d have to call a removal service. The removal service told us about environ police and that’s how I got to your wonderful site. I don’t see any wildlife rehab people near our town, can you offer any advice? Hate to see it suffer and worry about coyotes. Many thanks!

    • zak says:

      Hi Sonya, Deer with broken legs do not do well. They are very high stress animals and when you make the repair they often do more damage because of the repair apparati and bandaging. Unfortunately, humane euthanasia is probably the best option, unless the deer is doing well with no intervention. Then leave it alone. As a caveat, the State of Massachusetts does not allow medical intervention with deer. Thank you for your concern and hope the deer gets better on its own. greg

      • Nancy says:

        Thank you for posting this e-mail because I just experienced a similiar situation. We called the local animal control officer and she is handling it. I was feeling bad that I didn’t think to call your ogranization first. And, I see that you guys wouldn’t have been able to help the deer. Thank you for all you do.

  84. Valerie says:

    Hi, I have had a lone turkey in my yard and woods since late summer. I don’t know if it is a male or female. There is always a very large flock every year but this poor guy or gal seems to be all alone. He hangs out near my bird feeder and only runs a little way into the woods when I come outside. Is this normal, should I feed him? Will he be OK over the winter without a flock? And why would he be all alone like this?


    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Valerie, Turkeys can range from singletons to small flocks – kind of like humans. We think it is fine to keep food in the feeder and that he or she should be ok over the winter. If he or she looks injured or sick, we can certainly take him or her in our hospital. Thanks so much. :)

      • Angela says:

        I have a turkey (female) sleeping on my front porch right up against my front door. I don’t mind except that it leave quite a bit of poop for me each morning. Is there any animal friendly way to discourage her from sleeping there? She usually finds her flock of males each morning but seems to migrate to our front porch each night.

        • Katrina Bergman says:

          WOW! That is awesome. I would just put some newspaper held down with rocks and enjoy her. She will move on. What a gift to have her coming to your door. :)

  85. Doug Carver says:

    I have a wounded woodpecker and am doing my best to keep it going. Seems full of energy, but wing probably broken. Where the heck are you guys? Not easy to find any address on your web site. (so far)

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Doug, Woodpeckers are so wonderful. We are located at 500 Columbian Street in South Weymouth MA. Phone number is 781 682 4878. Info on how to get to us is in drop down menu button far right top – click “about us”. Then click “contact us” – it gives directions and address etc.) Admission hours are 10-2 today if that works for you. Hope to see you soon. :)

  86. Lauren p says:

    Hi i found 3 baby mice yesterday. There were four but one didnt make it. But the other three r strong. Im trying to feed them as best i can with watered down kitten formula but idk if they r getting the nutrition they need. I was wondering if u guys could take them. Possibly put them with a serogant mother?

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  88. lisa says:

    found a wild small rabbit looks to have a broken front left leg. is there someplace i can take him. i am in medford, ma. i read that they die quickly if they are in pain. thanks for any help, lisa

  89. Herculano Fecteau says:

    I recently rehabbed and rented the top floor of my three-family home in Mission Hill. Tonight one of my new tenants called down to me to let me know that some young raccoons were peeking out of a crawl space their momma just created over the last day or two above the third floor porch.

    When I went upstairs, there were their little heads, peering out of an opening that I don’t even think was there yesterday. There’s a square access hole to my roof, with vertical boards all around the perimeter — at least till today. Looks like Mom pulled off a few of the boards and opened up a crawl space to develop a new coondominium.

    Couldn’t find any of the boards on the porch, and it was starting to get dark, so I got a flashlight and headed to the back of the house to see if she’d thrown the boards into the back yard. Heard a rustling in a huge tree just next door, and shined my light on a big momma who was climbing it. The branches extend all the way to the top of my roof, so that must be how she moved the family up there.

    City of Boston Animal Control was totally useless — told me to find a trapper on the Yellow Pages or on the internet (this is what they pay people to do at a 24-hour “hotline”?). I found something called Commonwealth Wildlife Control, who put me in touch with a guy who traps and relocates wild animals. Naturally he doesn’t work on Labor Day weekend, so he’s coming to set a trap Tuesday morning. I believe he only traps one at a time, and so far as we know there’s at least Mom and three kids, so it’s probably going to take all week.

    I would like to get in touch with a wildlife rehabilitation site to see if the animals can be delivered to them one by one so that the family can stay united before they’re released back into the wild.

    By the way, my phone number is 617-959-7989, and I am the owner-occupier of the home where these raccoons have decided to take up residence. I would appreciate hearing from someone by Monday evening, with the best advice which will ensure that none of these animals are harmed and that the babies aren’t separated from their mom and each other, before meeting with the trapper on Tuesday.

    I love raccoons, and I love to see them around my house — I just can’t have them moving in, especially to my new tenants’ living space. If there were just a way to get them out of the crawl space, and then closing it up again, so that they could stay in the neighborhood, that might work.

    Thank you.

  90. Jacinta Hunting says:

    Hello! While staying on Plum Island, there was a seagull with what appears to be two broken wings. He cannot fly and seems to spend the day walking the beach in search of food in the sand. I am afraid he will not survive much longer as he has no access to fresh water… Is there someone in the north shore area that would take his cry for help seriously? We are not from the area and unsure what to do… Thanks!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Jacinta, Oh, that is awful. The best I can offer if you cannot get him to us is to call animal control or a wildlife rehabilitator. There is a list of rehabbers on this site and also on the Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife site. If you call our front desk, they can also read you the list. Very best of luck.

  91. Joyce Adams says:

    Hi, I left a phone message also. I need advice on what to do with a baby rabbit (approx 5 “) who’s the only suvivor in a nest that the dogs found. He seems healthy & untouched. I found him yesterday morning, left him in the nest & left water nearby. Watched for the mother, but I don’t know if she came back. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks, Joyce

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      If the eyes are open – putting him or her back where you found him or her is the best you can do. Rabbits in particular have a much better chance of making it in the wild than in a wildlife hospital. If eyes are shut, you can bring rabbit to us for help. Unfortunately, we are off intake until Wednesday. There is a list of rehabbers on this website and you can also look at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife website. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Very best of luck.

  92. Amanda says:

    A friend found 5 baby Jack Hare bunnies in a hole and thought they were abandoned by the mommy….obviously he made a bad choice…he was having trouble taking care of them and asked me to help because I have rabbits…..I need to give them to a wildlife center a.s.a.p. ….but the phone number I got from for the Wildlife Center in Hingham is not answering their phone….need assistance please!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Amanda, The Wildlife Center is in Weymouth now. Our phone number is 781 682 4878. If you aren’t getting an answer it is because we receive thousands of calls about wildlife – and our volunteers and staff are assisting other callers. Someone will definitely call you back as soon as they can. I know that our hospital is full for baby mammals today, unfortunately. It changes day by day as animals are released back into the wild, so please call tomorrow to see what the status is. There is also a list of other rehabbers on this site and on the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife’s website too. Very best of luck.

  93. Kathy M says:


    I saw a duckling wih an injured leg today by a boat launch in Medford that looks pretty rough. He kept hopping over to us but I resisted the urge to take him.

    The parents and other bigger ducklings were nearby – but still a distance away. His feathers were not smooth like theirs and the leg has no web on and looks twisted- like maybe a turtle or something tried to get him.

    Should I just leave him or can I bring him to you?


    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Kathy, If you can catch him easily than do it and bring him to us. If it is difficult to catch him, then leave him be because he may be doing ok on his own. Hard to know. New England Wildlife Center is on intake from Tue – Fri 10-2. Please call first, though, in case we are full. I know that is frustrating, but we can fill up very fast and I don’t want you to make the trip if our hospital is full. Our number is 781 682 4878. Very best of luck. Please let us know how you make out. I hope he is ok. Best, Katrina

  94. Shannon says:

    today at work i was on my lunch and saw a seagull sitting unusuallyby the side of the building, it looked sick, like it was gasping for air. i walked toward it and saw it get up and walk away from me frantically, its wing dragging on the cement. i got off wor to see if it was still there, and it was, just a little further down…hiding in a corner. i walked toward it again and the same thing. it seems like its in so much pain and its suffering. i dn’t know what to do but i can’t in good conscience do nothing. i tried calling the police and they gave me a number to a place that “removes wildlife nuisances”, complete opposite of what i wanted. my mom said an animal will probably eat it. is there anything anyone can dofir this poor creature?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Shannon, If you call animal control, they may come out, scoop him up, and bring him to us. The Animal Rescue League might too, if they can. You can imagine how many calls they are trying to respond to! They will help, though, if they can. If the seagull comes to us we can help him/her. It doesn’t sound like this guy is doing so well. It is so painful to see them like this, I know. Very best of luck. Please let us know how you make out. (I know Dr. Mertz can take him/her in today, but please call if you bring the Gull in tomorrow – Monday – to make sure we have room. Unfortunately, we fill up quickly and it is always a good idea to call first to make sure we have room. )

  95. Francesca Valeri says:

    Yesterday night I found my cat over a baby wild rabbit. the baby is missing his back right leg but is still alive. We put him in a little box with paper and some grass and water and he seems to be doing ok but im not sure what to do. He is laying there but he moves his head and looks around. Im just not sure how to care for him. Is there any room for him?
    – Francesca

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi there, My guess is that he probably isn’t with us anymore. That sounds like a really bad injury. If he is still alive, please call us in the morning. I hope we do have room, but I know a flood of animals came in. Best of luck, Katrina

  96. Stacey says:

    Hi – Yesterday a pigeon landed on my balcony and did not leave for over 4 hours. I did not know if it was injured or not. It would fly around but only to perch on something. I gave it some bread and water (wasn’t sure what to feed it), then I was able to put it in a box and bring it downstairs where I let it go. It perched on a fence. I went down a couple of hours later to check on it and it was gone. However, the next night at about 7pm, the same bird was back on my balcony again, at my door. Since it was getting dark out, I did not want to leave the bird out there in case it was injured. I now have the bird in my house. I am not sure what to do with the bird. It does not appear to be injured, but doesn’t try to fly away, it flails about only to try to perch on something. It is very friendly and would let me hand feed it and was sitting on my hand & shoulder. It does not have any tags. Is there somewhere I can bring the bird? I fear that it will keep coming back here and I live in a condo building that does not allow pets. Thank you.

  97. amy says:

    I was on the website for wildlife, and none of the links seem to be helping so I hope this one helps.
    This squirrel has a broken arm, and is totally dependent on us for food.
    Does anyone know where I could bring him? Or how to catch him?
    The police are absolutely useless on this one.


  98. Barbara says:

    Hello–I unfortunately came home from vacation to find a dead house sparrow right by my front door. Do you know if there is any health risk about this (West Nile Virus or something else)? What should I do?

  99. Nancy C. says:

    Greg or Katrina-
    Hi, my daughter Isabelle (she recently brought in a donationraised through her artwork) found a female cardinal – she was living with her fleglings across the street. We think her wing is broken – otherwise seems alert. Can we bring her in tomorrow? I was going to get some seeds and we have put some water in her box.

  100. Julie Robillard says:

    My daughter came home with an injured baby Robin. She and her friend were walking a dog for a neighbor and the nest was in a low lying bush. The dog attacked the Robins and this was the only Robin to survive… It now has no tail feathers. It is doing well and eating like crazy, (About every 20 minutes) feisty little fella. Not sure what to do with it. If it does make it, will its tail feathers grow back? Does anyone know of someone in MA who rehabs Robins?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Julie, sorry, i missed this message. i hope you got the help you needed. you can bring him to us at 500 Columbian Street in South Weymouth tomorrow between 10 – 2 if you still need help. very best of luck.

  101. Jen Reardon says:

    Hi! I left an adult Robin with you July 10th and I was wondering if he made it. When I dropped him off the initial thought was he may have neurological problems but no one was sure. I know you send the post card but I thought I’d try to ask. Thank you so much for all you do!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Jen, We will send you a post card for sure. We send them out by year’s end. I know that is a long time to wait. We have so many animals and too few volunteers and staff. Volunteer and staff time is spent caring for animals and answering more than 10,000 calls a year about wildlife in need. That is why you have to wait so long. As we work to raise more funds and increase giving from new monthly donors, our capacity will be increased. When we are successful, giving wildlife patient updates is on the top of the list. Thanks so much for your patience! :)

      • Jen Reardon says:

        Sorry, I know you guys do your best! I just heard there was Triple E from Carver and I was worried it was in the bird I handled. I did make a donation and brought items in for you all. I never heard of you before but I’m glad I know about you now. What you do is amazing and I will spread the word to others to try to drum up other donations. Best of luck!

        • Katrina Bergman says:

          Hi Jen, The transmission of Triple E is through mosquito bites, not through handling. So, not to worry :) Thanks for all your support. Have a good weekend!

  102. Karyn says:

    I have a family of baby rabbits living under my front stairs.The Mother had her nest on the side of the stairs I go out to go walk my dog and the mother rabbit ran off.I put the dog back in the house and went on the top stairs and saw there were several baby bunnies in the next,but they ended up going under the stairs. Today I go outside and there are a few bunny babies dead on my front lawn.There is a cat who has been coming around my yard,and this morning my husband said this cat laying was in front of one of the dead bunnies.I don’t know howmore are aive but how do you keep a cat from going after them.The mother and father rabbits are always in my yard eating.
    I don’t want anything to get these rabbits.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Karyn, Unfortunately if it isn’t your cat, there isn’t a lot you can do. I wish I had a better answer for you. Mom only visits the babies once or twice a day to feed them. If you move them, mom won’t know where they are to feed them. It’s a tough situation. Best of luck.

  103. Bev Mackay says:

    I found a baby robin in a parking lot. was going to get run over for sure. I brought it to my house yesterday and have been feeding it. can’t fly. can anyone that really knows how to take care of this bird take it. I have three dogs and a cat.

  104. Diane says:

    I found a ferret in my back yard if freindly and I dont know what to do

  105. Emma says:

    Yesterday my dog brought a young rabbit inside and lay it down in my living room. I don’t know how old it is, it has lots of fur but is very small. It was barely breathing, it looked like it was starving, and it hadn’t been grooming itself. I put it on a blanket with some heat and after an hour it started to move again. I put together a small box for it with water and greens to keep it in overnight, and when I woke up, it looked much healthier. It’s trying to move around, grooming, and seems to be eating. Unfortunately, one of its back legs seems to be broken and possibly one of its eyes is not working. What should I do?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Emma, You can call the Center tomorrow morning to see if we have room for the bunny 781 682 4878. If we do, we can take him or her if you like. Very best of luck. :)

  106. Dave says:

    Hello. Yesterday My dog uncovered a rabbit’s nest in our backyard. Unfortunately she removed three babies that didn’t make it. We thought that was the end of it when today she was going back at the hole and realized there is another baby in there. We were able keep the dog from this one. Everything ive read says to leave the baby alone so I put up plastic fencing around the nest and cut a hole for the mother to get in and out. My question is when should we get concerned that this baby is abandoned? How will we know? Will the mother not return since the nest was compromised and several babies killed?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Dave, Mom Bunnies only visit there babies once a day. So, it is really hard to know. Rabbits stress very easily, so this baby is best off where he/she is. Sometimes the stress of just being in the wildlife hospital is enough to kill a bunny. You really did the best you can do. The baby bunny is fortunate that you are the one that found him or her. Unfortunately, domestic animals are one of the top three reasons why injured wild animals come to us. The closer we all live together, the tougher it is sometimes. If the baby is injured, you can certainly bring him or her to the Center. Our admission hours are 10-2 tue – fri and our address is 500 Columbian Street, South Weymouth. Please always call first and check the website to see if we are full or have room. Very best of luck to you both, Katrina :)

  107. Connor Tyrrell says:


    We found a baby owl outside of our apartment building in downtown Boston. It’s in a grassy area outside right now, but it looks very injured and it’s not able to fly. What should we do?


    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Connor, Oh, that is awful. If you can get him, you can bring him to us in the morning. Keep him in a dark box until morning. Our admission hours are 10-2. Our address is 500 Columbian Street in South Weymouth MA. You can also call the Animal Rescue League of Boston. They will pick him up and bring him to us if they can. Best of luck! Hope to see you tomorrow. :)

  108. Veronica says:

    Hi, I work at a riding barn in Bolton, MA and recently we have found a baby barn sparrow. It has no injuries and did not appear to have fallen out of its nest. Although we did try to reunite it with its parents, they would not accept it. I have been taking care of the bird for about three days now. It has all of its feathers and due to prior experience we have been feeding it wet dog food. Is that right? I’m trying to find a center to take it in to teach it how survive in the wild. Is there any chance you can take it?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Veronica, Yes. You can bring the baby barn sparrow to us in the morning if you like. Admissions are from 10 – 2. That is a long drive, so please call before you leave, just to make sure. Very best of luck! Hope to see you tomorrow. The person greeting you at the front desk will be Cathy or Marianne. :)

  109. Cathy says:

    We have a fox that crosses our yard frequently. At first I did not think he was a fox as he has very short hair, no bushy tail. When I research it online- we wonder if he has Sarcoptic mange. Is there any action we should be taking?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Cathy, You can call your animal control officer. Don’t attempt to go near the fox though (i’m sure you know that already :) ) Unfortunately, you can’t help them if you can’t catch them. Doesn’t sound like this guy wants to be caught if he is passing through. If your ACO can get him/her to us, we can treat. Our vet says there is an epidemic this year. Let us know how you make out. best of luck.

  110. kathie says:

    Found a baby turkey in the middle of our backyard. We have seen the family but this baby was all alone. When my son put his hand out the little thing wobbled right into it. Should be leave in near the woods in the yard and hope the mother comes back?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Yes Kathie that is definitely the best. Hopefully mom does come back, but the baby turkey has a much better chance with mom than in a hospital. Very good luck. Please let us know how you make out.

  111. Linda says:

    I’ve been caring for a nest of sparrows for the last 8 days. I don’t mind taking care of them, but I don’t feel confident teaching them how to search for food on their own after they fledge.

    Do you have outdoor areas where they “learn to be a bird”, and live with other birds and learn to survive in the real world?

    I know you’re swamped with babies right now, I wouldn’t bring them to you until they were at that out-of-the-nest stage.

  112. K. Hope Vallarelli says:

    Sunday, May 27, 2012
    I left a phone message awhile ago. This afternoon I walked outside to find one of my cats “playing with” a baby robin. I did not see the bird in the cat’s mouth, nor do I see any blood or obvious trauma to the bird. It looks to be a fledgling, and once I got the cat in the house, the bird tried to hop around, but seems to be having a little trouble staying steady. It appears to be favoring one of its legs. I do not see any sign of puncture wound, but I’m not sure that I would be able to see that. My husband and I “ushered” the bird to a place in the shade that was somewhat protected by growth, and the bird is quietly sitting there. It had initially been chirping. We see no sign of a mother, nor do we hear a mother chirping. There is a tree nearby, and in years past, I’ve seen fledglings with their parents near where the little one is now.
    Are you able to care for the bird? I could try to, but my fear is that something is wrong with one of the legs.
    Thanks for any help you can provide.

    Hope Vallarelli
    508 472-7318

    I don’t mind being called about this any time, night or day…….I work nights (nurse), and will be working for the next several nights, at least.


    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Hope, If you don’t see any puncture wounds, then getting it out to the wild is probably the best you can do. Right now we are full, but when we open Tuesday morning we will post whether we have more “beds”. There is always a post on the front page of our website so that folks know our “in-take” status. Very good luck.

  113. Genna says:

    my cat dragged in a woodpecker. he’s only the size of the palm of my hand which isn’t very big but he has all his feathers. no red spot on his head yet so i’m assuming he’s still young. or female.. The parents are nowhere to be fond. Can you guys take this baby?

  114. Stephanie says:

    Hello! My husband and I rescued a baby Starling about a week ago. It is becoming more active and needs more space, and with my husband starting back to school next week, we won’t be around to feed him as often as he needs. I was wondering if you guys have room for it? I have called 2 other wildlife rehabilitators and have gotten no response. I really hope you guys can help! Thank you for your time!!

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      We can take him on Tuesday when admissions open again at 10 am – 2 pm. Please just call first to make sure we have room, so you don’t drive all the way down. :) Best of luck. Katrina

  115. Gabrielle says:

    I left a voicemail as well. We’re in Newton and yesterday found a baby robin in our driveway that had obviously been hurt (appeared to be bleeding from one side of its body). I thought it would not survive but just found it about 50 feet from its original location, still looking seriously injured but alive. Any advice? We’d be very happy to bring the bird somewhere to receive medical care.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Please give us a call tomorrow morning. I believe we have room for her, but call just in case. I don’t want you to have to make the trip if we are full. There is a list of Mass rehabbers here and on the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife website too. Very best of luck. Katrina

  116. Megan says:

    We found a duck in the woods along our driveway. She has 8 eggs in her nest. We found one in the middle of our driveway and one on the side. We do not have any water near us and we are worried about her and her babies. I dont want anything to happen to her 8 eggs she still has. What should we do.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Megan, I talked with our wildlife vet and he said to leave the nest be. You can put the eggs back but then go away from the nest. Unfortunately, there really isn’t anything you can do. If mom doesn’t return then the eggs are most likely not viable. Hopefully she returns and eventually you get to see babies! Let us know how you make out if you have a chance. :)

  117. Janet Rickershauser says:

    Hello, We have a fox with a lame front leg hanging around our yard in Newton Corner. Is there any possibility someone could come to trap it? I have accidentally trapped small animals (including raccoons) in conjunction with feral cat rescue several years ago but don’t currently have any traps on hand. The fox is eating bird seed that falls from our feeder and I think could be trapped fairly easily if we act quickly. I used to support Wildlife in Crisis in CT and would be happy to make a donation. Please advise.

    • Janet Rickershauser says:

      I suppose it could be a female with kits hidden somewhere, so this would the worst time to trap it….

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hello Janet, Thank you for being in touch with us :). The Center treats sick, injured and orphaned but we do not have staff or equipment to rescue. If you call the Animal Rescue League of Boston or your local animal control officer, they may be able to help. If the fox needs to come to the Center then they will transport him or her to us. Best, of luck to you. I hope the fox is ok. Katrina

  118. Lynda Mungo says:

    Hi, My daughter found a newborn bunny alone in the grass and apparently it had some signs of trauma (blood on it). It eyes are not open yet and she has been trying to feed it with an eye dropper and kitten’s milk. Do you have availablitly for this orphan? If not can you suggest another facility that may be able to take care of it.

    Thank you,

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Lynda, We can take your baby bunny tomorrow between 10 – 2. I am so sorry about that little newborn bunny. He sounds small and really injured. Cottontails are very frail, so it may not be a good
      outcome. :( Hopefully, he makes it through the night and you can bring him to us. Best of luck! :)

  119. Diane Loadwick says:

    I found a baby bird laying in my driveway this evening – my driveway is between two houses (in the city, no trees around) not sure which house eve this baby fell from — I’m not able to locate or put the baby back; my neighborhood is loaded with cats and other predators so currently I have the baby in a shoe box with a makeshift nest. Do you still have room for a baby bird? Thank you

  120. audrey says:

    hello, i actually witnessed 3 babies falling out of their nest and parents flying away. parents have come back but nest is too high to return bird to it. 2 out of the 3 babies have died. the 1 remaining baby is doing ok. we have been feeding it chopped up worms with tweezers. we have kept it indoors in a shoe box with grasses n pine needles and an old towel. we have kept a light over it for warmth. the baby has hardly any feathers. we dont know what to do next. any suggestions?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Audrey, If you are close enough, you can bring them to us. We are open 10-2 and have room for baby birds. If not, our vet says without knowing the species this is probably the best thing you can do. Best of luck!

  121. joyce says:

    I have not seen any chipmunks yet this spring , does any one know if it is just to early or has something happened to the chipmunk population ?

  122. Just says:

    I absolutely adore this blog site! The material is priceless. Thank you for all the posts and making my personal morning. Special regards, Just

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Just, You made our day! So glad you like them. Lot’s more coming now that Spring is here. We also have some additional items on Facebook. If you go to our page, please “like” us. It’s a huge help. Thanks again. Have a good Wednesday… :)

  123. Jackie Rolfe says:

    We repaired a hole in our eave this weekend and disrupted a squirrel’s nest. We now have 3 babies under our care. I don’t want to be inhumane, but I also don’t have time to care for them. Can you help/

    • NEWC says:

      Hi Jackie,

      We sure can. Our vet is available from 10AM to 2PM on Tuesday through Friday to take them in and devise a treatment plan. Unfortunately, the state doesn’t allow us to take in wildlife at other hours when a vet is not present.

  124. Joan says:

    I recently moved into my home. My entire back yard abutts what I was told is wet/conservation land and was protected from development. In the last few months I have seen fox, coyote, owls, and hawks. The animals have created their own neighborhood that has little overlap with its human community. A developer has proposed a plan that will cram twelve tiny homes on a portion of the center of the 6 acre property. This will obviously disrupt the balance that has naturally been developed and place all those animals and we humans in danger. My neighbors and my family are against this moving forward, but we are frequently reminded that the developer owns the land and he has rights but the animals do not.
    It is better to be proactive than reactive. So my question is: has anyone been successful in mounting a campaign designed to maintain the habitat of wild animals nestled in a semi-urban environment? What did you do?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Joan, Thank you for your question. I am happy to share what I know and support your efforts on behalf of our wild neighbors whole heartedly. I know that although the developer “owns” the land, if there are vernal ponds, wet lands, protected or endangered species (such as turtles) that are documented than that does impact the ability for people to develop land. I am not an expert but I can offer some resources or acts that might help (you may already know this info) – there is no one “entity” – you and your neighbors can come together and make an action plan and try to get support and/or information, cape ann vernal pond association is a great place – your local and state departments of conservation and env protection and fisheries and wildlife. I am going to forward your message to Dr. Martinez, a herpetologist and director of our education program. He has participated in such campaigns I believe. Best of luck! Wish the world were full of folks like you. katrina

      • Joan says:

        Thank you for your quick response Katrina. The conservation officer of our city has marked the areas that are protected and the only impact it has had on the project is the redesign of the access points and the potential loss of one house in the design. I appreciate your suggestions of resources. It will surely help in understanding what can be done. Thanks again, Joan

  125. Olga says:

    Hi, last night we came home and saw that there was an injured (or sick?) squirrel in our driveway. It didn’t run away as the car approached it, and when we walked toward it, it still didn’t move. We moved it to the side gently so that the neighbors didn’t run it over, and placed a towel around it to keep it warm. If it’s still there when we get home today, what should we do? Can we feed it? Not sure if it ate some poison (we suspect he landlord set poison for rats that have been burrowing in the walls), or has an injury. thank you

  126. Melanie says:

    I live in Rockland and I found a duck that has fishing line wrapped around it’s leg. His/her leg is all swollen and he can barely walk on it. I called the animal control and got a voicemail. I spoke to a police officer and he said that the animal control officer received a call the other day about the duck. The poor duck is still at the pond in the same condition. Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do or where I can bring it? i am waiting for a call back from the NE wildlife center.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Melanie, That is awful. Fishing line hurts and kills so many birds and other creatures in the water. Fortunately, we can take him at the Center tomorrow if you can bring him/her in between 10 – 12. You can also call the Animal Rescue League to see if they can come capture and bring the duck to us. Hope this helps.

  127. Valeria says:


    I have a squirrel nest on my window ledge with a few babies. They opened their eyes about a week or so ago and have recently started exploring outside of the nest and climbing around.

    When the mother was building the nest back in early August, she poked a hole in the screen, that we covered up with some duct tape. Unfortunately, some of the duct tape came off (probably from the babies and mom moving around in the nest). Yesterday, one or two of the babies crawled through the hole and they’re stuck in the between the glass window and the screen. They haven’t managed to get back to their nest.

    Should I open the window and put them back in the nest? It seems like the mother isn’t around…I didn’t see her come back yesterday and it does look like she’s in the nest. The babies have just been sleeping.

    Please let me know what to do. Thanks for your help!

    • Valeria says:

      I meant to say that it doesn’t look like she’s in the nest.

      • Kyle Richards says:

        Hello Valeria,

        Hang in tight while we get you exact direction from our medical staff. In the mean while i do suggest you do get the little ones back into the nest and contact rehabilitators listed above. At the time we are not expecting our veterinarian until Saturday the 1st. Make sure you call tomorrow, Tuesday 27th so you can speak directly with Marco who is one of our vet techs.

        • Valeria says:

          Hi Kyle:

          Thanks for replying. When I got home from work yesterday, I saw that I was too late. All of the babies had died. I’m guessing their mom either abandoned them or something happened to her too.

          I wish I contacted you over the weekend. My boyfriend and I noticed them starting to climb out of the nest on Saturday, but we thought they were just getting bigger and wanting to explore a bit. They were squeaking too, which in hindsight I’m guessing it was them calling for their mother.

          Is it normal for a squirrel that age (I’m guessing around 7-8 weeks) to start to climb and squeak? This is my first experience with baby squirrels around, so I didn’t know what to expect/what’s normal for them/etc.

          Thanks for your help.

          • Kyle Richards says:


            At 7-8 weeks of age squirrels are starting to grow in teeth and are becoming more independent.

            What you did was the right thing so dont beat yourself up over it. This is a difficult time of the year for squirrel families. Many of the little ones do end up orphaned more so due to traffic. One thing that applies to all species of animal is that being in the nest with its parents is always the best outcome. If the Center could somehow receive funding through the state and more from the public than the Center would be able to offer more to our wildlife. But do NOT lose hope in us.

            Please come stop by the center any day from 10-4 to see how we operate and come learn from our technicians and from our volunteers alike, in hopes from me being able to learn also from you!

            Always feel free to call!

  128. Jenn Moshe says:

    I have two young maybe even baby coyote’s living in or around my yard. yesterday afternoon at 2:30 the two were huddled under a tree to keep out of the rain and stayed there for over 4 hours sleeping. I am not sure if they were there longer because it got too dark to see. They were gone this morning. This afternoon when my husband came home from work at 3:30PM, there was one of the young/baby coyotes sleeping next to my front steps. Both babies definitely have something wrong with them, and I am sure it is mange, after looking it up. I have three young children and there are about 10 others in my neighborhood…how to we help these little guys and stay safe ourselves. My husband did scare it away with noise and I don’t see them right now, but I know they will be back…….

    • Jenn Moshe says:

      Now I have a dead baby coyote next to my front stairs…who do I call to remove it??

    • NEWC says:

      Hi Jenn,

      Above there is a link to MassWildlife’s “How to live comfortably with wildlife”. This should have some tips on what you can do to discourage wildlife from coming too close to humans and human habitations. This is a problem that can be hard to solve, and our sympathy does go out to you. As far as the dead coyote and if the coyotes are posing a real threat, you should be able to get some help from your local animal control officer. Above there is a link to animal control officers in our area. As town governments have had their budgets cut, animal control officers have had major cutbacks in personnel and the services they can provide. If you can’t get someone to remove the carcass, the best thing would be to dig a hole a couple feet deep and bury it. Use the shovel to pick it up so that you don’t have to come in direct contact with it. And make sure to practice routine hygiene afterwards. Good luck.


    • Jenn Moshe says:

      My town animal control says to pick up the dead animal and dispose of it in the weekly trash??? REALLY??

      • NEWC says:

        :-/ That sounds like a potential danger to public workers that deal with waste. I guess it will end up underground eventually. I’d still advise burying it if you feel comfortable. The sooner you can get it underground and out of reach of humans and other animals the better.

  129. Ann D. says:

    Last week I found a very young skunk looked like the hind leg may have been injured. This was on someones front lawn on the weymouth/braintree line. I went to the front door of the house to let her know that it was out there and asked her to call the police and report it. The police came and shot it. I was so disturbed about the outcome when all we were trying to do is save it. If this should happen again, how the heck would you transport a skunk to you? I tried calling your hospital but I did not want to leave a message. I didn’t know how to get near him without him spraying? Please inform me. Thanks Ann

    • NEWC says:

      Hi Ann,

      Skunks can be very hard to capture, as I am sure you can well imagine. The best thing would be to try to scare it into a large container (something like a 50 gallon trash can) than can be closed to prevent it from spraying humans. This sounds a lot easier than it is though.

      In defense of the police who dispatched the animal, skunks are a very high risk species for rabies. Neurological disease caused by rabies can often look like an injured limb. In addition, very serious injuries (such as broken legs) in high-risk rabies species (raccoons, skunks, woodchucks, and foxes) are very, very hard to treat. Such injuries require prolonged care with intensive treatment. Their aggressive/defensive temperament combined with the daily handling they require often leads to them biting or scratching their caretakers before they can be successfully rehabilitated. Once this occurs, the animal must be euthanized and tested for rabies. As a result of these circumstances, more often than not, the most humane thing for these high risk species is euthanasia earlier rather than later. We all want the best for the animals, but we cannot compromise our safety since rabies is almost always a fatal disease.

  130. christine says:

    It isn’t hurt at all either.

  131. christine says:

    My cat brought home what i think is a baby chipmunk it is covered in fur but doesn’t have its eyes open. I read to leave it outside where i think it lived to see if the mother would come back for it but it never did. I cant take care of it and don’t know what to do. Is there anywhere i can take it?

    • Andrew Cartoceti, DVM says:

      Hi Christine,

      I would check out the aging charts on our “Orphaned Animal” page to get a better idea of how old this animal may be. If you still think its a young animal, and mom hasn’t come back to claim it, it should be brought to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator (either us or someone closer to your area). There is a link to rehabbers around the state on upper portion of this page. I strongly advise you to call rehabbers first to make sure that that they have room as many facilities are quickly reaching their capacity for baby animals.

  132. April says:

    My family found 2 baby squirrels yesterday, they have all their fur, except on the stomach, eyes still not open yet. Been giving them Pedialyte, and milk,egg yolk honey mixture. Don’t know what else to do. I can’t keep them for the whole winter. Can you take them?
    Thanks, April from Plymouth

  133. Joyce says:

    Hi friends- we had a big turtle appear in our yard in June and hang around for a couple of weeks in our neighborhood (a dead end street near a marsh). We had to move her a few times as it seemed to like being under our car. On June 17, she laid 25 eggs at the end of the street, burying the eggs in gravel-we were able to video this, it was fascinating! And then she left. We put a small fence around the nest and marked it with a flag so it wouldn’t be run over, and put netting over the fence so seagulls or racoons couldn’t get at the eggs.

    We’re keeping an eye on the nest since we see that they could hatch anytime between 9-18 weeks. What do we do when they hatch? we’re near a couple of small creeks – should we help the hatchlings get there? Also, the gravel the eggs are buried in is kind of big – driveway sort of gravel. I’m afraid it might be too heavy on the hatchlings. Should we remove some of it?

    Thanks for any guidance-

    • Andrew Cartoceti, DVM says:

      Hi Joyce,

      That’s awesome! Not many people are lucky enough to witness such an event first hand. Hopefully the eggs are fertile and you can watch the babies emerging. I wouldn’t recommend doing much with the baby turtles when they do hatch–they are completely independent from the moment they hatch. Its difficult to say what habitat they might return to without knowing what species they are. But you can certainly help by scaring away predators, especially cats and dogs as they are not part of the natural predator-prey cycle. For the most part, instincts should kick in with these little guys. Its hard to say if the gravel will pose a problem for them–they are quite strong despite their small size, but sometimes mom doesn’t pick the best location to lay her eggs. It can be a learning process from year to year. I wouldn’t recommend trying to dig them out though, as that will likely do more damage than good. I hope this helps. And take some pictures to post if they hatch out!

  134. Orit says:

    we found a sick crow in the front yard – it doesn’t look good and can’t move on his own… What is the right thing to do with it? It is Saturday and seems that all the animal rescue centers are closed. The police suggested to dispose it… Any suggestions about what we can do?

    • NEWC says:

      Hi Orit,

      So sorry we couldn’t respond to your comment sooner. In the future I suggest calling our Wildlife Hospital Hotline at 781-682-4878 ext 113. It will be a quicker way to get information regarding injured wildlife. I hope you were able to find someone to take a look at the sick crow–it can be difficult this time of year with most rehabbers having their hands full with baby animals. If you still have the crow, I would recommend you bring it to us to take a look at; it seems pretty sick. Our wildlife vet is here Tuesday through Friday from 10AM to 2PM. Unfortunately the state does not allow us to take in animals at other times when there is no vet on duty.

  135. Rebecca Stevenson says:

    This is a long story.

    So we have a pair of warblers/sparrows who made a nest earlier this year under our deck. They produced five healthy babies, that all flew off in due time. Right after the babies left, the same parents rebuilt their nest and produced a second group of babies.

    The baby birds appeared to be in good health for weeks and the parents were actively feeding them.

    About a week and a half ago, I found a baby bird on our deck. One of our cats must have found him and brought him up. He was injured (scraped leg + missing feathers). I used gloves to pick it up, dabbed dry the bloody wound with antibiotic, and put it back in the nest. The parents continued to return and feed their babies.
    There was a horrible smell coming from the nest when I returned the baby, but I didn’t think much of it, since the parents were still returning.

    A few days later, the same bird fell out of the nest again. I returned it to its nest using gloves a second time, and put a soft tarp below the nest, just encase it fell out again.
    The parents returned to feeding it.

    Now about three days ago, things went weird. My neighbor saw a single baby bird fly from the nest. The same day, the parents stopped returning to the nest.
    I went to remove the nest yesterday since the parents and babies had left (no peeping coming from the nest). When I got a shock. There were three birds still in the nest. All dead.

    Or so I thought.

    Before I removed the nest, I picked up the babies to bury them. (They were covered in maggots, so they had been dead for a while.) When one of the “dead” babies started twitching. He was still Alive! Barely though. Turned out to be the same one who fell out of the nest twice before.

    I brought him inside and dried it off. The little guy burst back to life once he was dry, opening his mouth for food.

    I’ve been feeding the baby (ever 40 minutes or so), canned dog food soaked in water, and he is quite healthy now, but the little guy seems to not be able to fly.
    The roots of his feathers are still there, just a chunk of secondary feathers are gone from his wing.

    I was hoping to return him to the wild once he can get altitude, but his missing feathers might handicap him.
    He also has a horrible case of the mites, I hope to be able to treat before releasing him.

    I am a poor unemployed college student, and can’t afford an expensive vet visit, what action should I take to make sure this bird is seen too by an expert?

    [Also, I am experienced working with exotic animals, was employed with a Wildlife center before]

    I don’t necessary want to turn him over to wildlife services, unless it is confirmed he can not fly. Just want to treat those mites, and release him.

    • NEWC says:

      Hi Beth,

      It sounds like you have gone to extraordinary lengths to help out this little bird. Thank you so much for caring for native wildlife! Unfortunately we cannot advise you to care for wildlife unless you are a licensed rehabillitator, as that is illegal under Massachusetts state law. I hope you understand that this is a matter outside of our control. I would recommend that you bring the bird to us to be assessed, or to call our wildlife line to speak to a caretaker about some of your options. The number is 781-682-4878 ext 113.

  136. Beth says:

    I found a rolling pigeon today!!! Yes a rolling pigeon. I am in rockland ma and the animal control said they will come eventually well now it’s been 4hours and going nuts. I managed to catch him and been it in a small cage I had now what to do? I am waiting for a call and see from there.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Beth, you can bring the pigeon to the Center tomorrow between 10 – 2, if he made it. Doesn’t sound like he/she was doing so well. Best, Katrina

  137. Vivian says:

    All is well. Both parents here this AM. Could high night time temperature’s keep the mom off the nest?

    Thank you.

    • Andrew Cartoceti, DVM says:

      Certainly. These birds also have incredible eyesight which allows them to spot insects in the grass that us humans cannot even see. As a result of such good eyesight, songbirds often spot humans before we spot them. If they were incredibly skittish parents, they may have taken off last night if they were worried you were a predator. Either way, glad to know they are still around and caring for their young.

  138. Vivian says:

    Robin’s nest under my patio umbrella. It is 2am and mom is not sitting on the nest. She was not there at 10 pm. I can see 2 heads popping up with their mouths open. No real feathers yet. This is the second nest this summer. Mom is always there at night. What do I do if no parent returns? I would be willing to transport them to a rehab center.

    Thank you.

  139. Lisa says:

    A blue heron walked into our yard last Friday (7/15) and has not left. He doesn’t fly, only walks. We have a fish pond but there were no fish in it. On Sunday, I bought some feeder fish to stock the pond with since the poor thing just stands there looking at it all day. I think he is orphaned and has not learned how to fly yet. The neighborhod dog has rushed the bird and all it does is raise its wings but does not try to take off. I do not see any evidence of injury on the heron. I do not want to see him starve to death in my backyard. If he is not able to fly to a suitable feeding area, what should I do?

    • Lisa says:

      Now I am sure his wing is broken. He must have been attacked last night.

      • Andrew Cartoceti, DVM says:

        Hi Lisa,

        It sounds like this bird should be checked out by a veterinarian. You are welcome to bring the animal to us from Tuesday through Friday from 10AM-2PM. Unfortunately, state regulations mandate that a vet must be present for all incoming animals, and those are the only hours I am available. In a pinch, you may be able to bring the animal to another veterinarian who may be willing to treat the bird until it can be transferred to us. Thanks for taking time to care for native wildlife!

  140. paola gonzalez says:

    Hola! I found a baby bird that fell of the nest. It has like a broken wing. And maybe leg too. What can I do to help it? Thanks. Peace!

    • NEWC says:

      Hi Paola,

      The following link should help you determine whats the best next step with the bird.

      Be careful to determine if the bird is truly injured or maybe just appears hurt because it is so young and helpless. If you think its truly in need of some help, our vet is here from 10AM-2PM on Tuesday through Friday and would love to take a look. If you think its a healthy baby this link will help you reunite it with its parents. Thanks for your compassion and help with caring for native wildlife!

  141. Hope says:

    A baby Robyn fell out of his nest. How do i help this baby birdy??? he is a bout 1-2 weeks old. There was 3 babies and the other 2 flew off with his mother this morning. What can I do to help him? For some reason he cannot fly.

  142. Dawn says:

    Found a baby robin injured in my yard. Can I bring him in tomorrow

    • NEWC says:

      Hi Dawn, our wildlife vet is here from 10AM-2PM Tuesday through Friday. Unfortunately the state does not allow us to take in animals at other times when there is no vet on duty.

  143. Kylie says:

    I have a rooster that I can’t keep due to the complaints of my neighbors. Could I bring it too the center or do you have any recommendations? Please help!

    • Hey Kylie,

      The Center is unable to take in domestic animals for educational purposes or to adopt out. We encourage you to contact the MCPCA at Methuen Farm and also check out other domestic shelters such as Angell and or Animal Rescue League.

      If you ever need the others checked out by a veterinarian, DR. Mertz is the guy you want to see. Find our contact information at the top of this page.

      Best of luck!

  144. Kylie says:

    Hello. I have fourteen chickens and one happens to be a rooster. I am not allowed to keep him because he is a pest to my neighbors and they have been complaining. I was wondering if maybe I could bring him there or maybe you could recommend a place for me to bring him? I really don’t want him to be killed if he doesn’t need to be. Please help!

  145. Charlene says:

    Every year we have a dozen turkeys or so around our wooded area to admire. This spring, I noticed that one has a broken leg it seems – cannot get close to it. She hops on one leg or lays down in yard, then flies in tree at night. We’ve seen her thruout the month and seems to be getting a little bit weaker and I am afraid a predator will attack her. Do you pick up in the area so she can be treated?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Charlene, I so love Turkeys too. We have a few babies in our hospital right now. As you know, your backyard turkey with the broken leg can’t be helped if he can’t be caught. The general rule of thumb with wildlife is that if you can’t catch it, you can’t help it. He/she must be doing ok for now -or you would most likely be able to catch him/her. We do not have funds to pick animals up. Our mission is to care for wildlife that are brought to us and to provide education to the public. That said, you can call the animal rescue league or your animal control officer. If they can, they will capture and bring animals to us that need help. They are also inundated and short of funding. They do a great job, but if they can’t help, it isn’t because they don’t want to. If you do catch your turkey, bring him/her along and we will provide the best medical care we can. Thanks. katrina

    • Charlene says:

      Hi Katrina,
      Thanks for your response. Could you advise how we should safely capture and carry the live turkey? How do we keep her calm? We can get close enough to capture her, but its what’s next that we’re unsure of. We would like to bring her in.

      • Katrina Bergman says:

        Hi Charlene, I talked to our veterinary team and they suggested trying to put a trash can over him/her or throwing a blanket. If you do get your turkey in the barrel, use a broom to try to sweep him/her in. If the blanket works wrap it around him/her. Being in the dark should help with stress. We will be open for wildlife admissions again on Tuesday. Please call before you come in to make sure we can take your turkey. Also, please read “what to do if you find a wild animal on this website” if you haven’t taken a look already. Very good luck. I hope you can get him/her. Best, Katrina

  146. Gina Collari says:

    Hi, yesterday while my dad was mowing the lawn he found a baby bird, he didn’t look injured but he looked hungry so we fed him a worm. We found him in the middle of a place with no trees or bushes so we think that a hawk dropped him or he fell and walked. What should we do?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Gina- The bird you found might be a fledgling learning to fly. You can put her back where you found her. Give it 24 hours to see if she figures it out or if mom comes to help. Also, read “what to do if you find a wild animal on our website”. Hope that helps. Best of luck.

  147. Phyllis says:

    I live in Hull next to a water surface drainage area that brings surface water out to the bay. We have ducklings born there every year. The moms actally walk the ducklings across the street every June to bring their ducklings to the bay for swimming lessons. Sometimes they have trouble getting back to the drainage area and we have helped them cross the stree.

    I just found a mom and all her ducklings in my fenced in yard. I think they hatched here!!! How can I move them to the area with water where they normally nest? If I don’t help them, I’m not sure if they can get out.


    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Phyllis, How fun to watch the babies every year! That is awesome. I talked to our veterinary staff and they said to try to get them into a box and bring them next door to the drainage area. She may have already found her way out by this evening(?) If not – hopefully you can get mom in the box. Will you please let us know how you make out? Also, if you send us some pictures, we will post them here to share with other people. Hope this helps.

  148. LeeAnn says:

    How common is it to see a female wild turkey in the Weymouth area? There’s one in the tree in my back yard. I’ve viewed it with binnoculars and it does appear to be a turkey. Seems fine – just hanging out but I’ve never seen one in this area before.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi LeeAnn, Sure, there are lots of turkeys in Weymouth, and all over Massachusetts. You usually don’t see them unless they want to be seen. They are elusive. On the front of our website you will see a post with a turkey picture on it. It will tell you the story of the Common Street Turkey – a beloved turkey that lived on Common Street in Braintree. He hung out by the road and would watch traffic and peck at people’s tires. Sadly, he was hit by a car, and eventually died of his injuries in our hospital. He was a “community” turkey and many, many people are heartbroken and miss him. Right now is baby season, so little ones are around and will bloom into skinny little juveniles mid-summer or so. We once had several turkeys that lived behind our home in Hull. They slept in one tree together at night, which was a hysterical sight. They were so heavy on the sagging branches and appeared to be so obvious to any predator to find. We smiled and laughed and looked for them everyday. Enjoy your turkey. Come visit the wildlife center, last week we had some turkey babies being cared for. Thanks for being in touch LeeAnn.

  149. Brianna Cavanaugh says:

    Hello. We’ve been cleaning out our pool trying to get it open and we found more than 3 dead birds, a few babies in fact. I’m pregnant and had a crying fit for hours but as I was crying I saw another bird lying in the grass. It’s a nestling and I put it in a box with face cloths and I’m putting a heating pad underneath. The bird had some dog food also. I was just wondering if I could bring it in tomorrow?? I can’t find it’s nest anywhere so I think it’s abandoned.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Brianna, That is so sad. I hope we can help the nestling you found. To the best of my knowledge we will be able to admit him/her in the morning (from 10 -2). Please, please call before you come to make sure, especially if you have to travel. You will most likely have a tough time getting through, unfortunately, because of the hundreds of calls we answer each day. If you leave a message for our hospital (781 682 4878 x113) someone will call you back during the day. I realize that this can be frustrating, especially when all you are trying to do is the right thing by the baby bird. I so wish we could care for every wild animal in need that is brought to us. The reality is that there are far too resources. When we are full, we can’t take more patients until “beds” open up. Please see “what to do if you find a wild animal” on this website. It should have some good information, hours and other (limited) resources. Very good luck.

  150. Deirdre says:

    There is chickadee on my front porch. He can fly a few feet but will fly into walls, windows and the ceiling. He is letting me get close to him. Close enough that I don’t think he has any eyes. from all the pictures I have seen on the web they have a dark colored eye. He has white where his eyes should be. I am assuming that he has been abandoned. What can I do with him?

    • Andrew Cartoceti, DVM says:

      Hi Deidre,

      Thanks for taking time out of your day to look out for native wildlife. It sounds like this bird should be checked out by a veterinarian. You are welcome to bring the animal to us from Tuesday through Friday from 10AM-2PM. Unfortunately, state regulations mandate that a vet must be present for all incoming animals, and those are the only hours I am available. In a pinch, you may be able to bring the animal to another veterinarian who may be willing to treat the bird until it can be transferred to us.

  151. Dietrich says:

    I found an injured fledgling in Boston last night at 8pm in the Public Garden. It was in the open grass and could hop around, but not fly. It didn’t even budge when dogs came close. Kids almost crushed it several times running. I called ARL Boston, but they were closed. Their recorded message was to contact Boston Police for wild animal matters. Boston Police could not help, but told me to call the Mayor’s hotline. The Mayor’s hotline took down my location and promised to contact animal control to help the injured bird. I went back at midnight and it was still there, alive, but it looked like it was sleeping. I fear it probably did not make it through the night due to dogs, people, etc. Reading about bird rescue, I now know that I should have moved it to bushes or someplace safer. It was very frustrating. My question: what is the best # to call after hours and on weekends for bird rescue in Boston? I’ve had similar instances where people just ignore the suffering animal or bird. Thank you.

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Dietrich, You did the best you could for the bird. What an effort, just to try to find help. We hear that kind of story over and over again, everyday, and it is so heartbreaking. At the Center, the best day we have is when we have room, and can not only help the wild animal, but also people like you who care enough to bring the wild animal to us. I so wish we could take in every animal that needs us. Sometimes Animal Rescue League and animal control officers can bring wild animals that are orphaned or harmed to our wildlife hospital and education center. In the state of Massachusetts there is no public funded facility and there is no other wildlife hospital and education center in metro Boston. We only exist because a few neighbors got together and decided to try to provide at least some response for the millions that need help each year. The Center is funded exclusively by people like you. Go to “what to do if you find a wild animal” on this website for a list of other resources. There are very few. That is one of the reasons that the Center focuses on education. For each student we teach, the more animals we can reach. Thanks Dietrich.

  152. Peter says:

    I have an injured sparrow. It was living in an eve of our house that our builder was going to repair. Unfortunately the bird got mixed up in some caulking. My wife and I got most of the caulk off of it by repeatedly dipping the bird in luke warm water and gently rubbing with a damp paper towel. We dried the bird off as best we could and put it in a shoe box on top of a warm water bottle because it was shaking from being cold. It is now not shaking and resting. I would like to bring it in if possible Saturday AM, 6/4. We will try to feed it some mushed up dog food/yogurt/water mixture.

    Please advise. Thanks, Peter

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Peter, If he is clean and dry, you can try to release him in the morning. Great choice on the food! Back to the wild is best, if he/she can fly. Unfortunately, we do not have a wildlife veterinarian on tommorow and we can’t accept wildlife unless we do in order to comply with state law. You did so good getting that off, that must have been really tough to wash. I am so sorry we can’t take him tommorow. Please see “what to do if you find a wild animal” on our website and it will list other possibilities for you and explain further about the rules and regulations that the Center is required to follow. I wish we could take all wild animals in need, every day. Unfortuantely, we can’t. Very, very good luck.

      • Peter says:

        Hi Katrina,
        I appreciate your nice reply. I’m very appreciative that you responded so quickly. Even if the shelter can’t accept the animals it is at least some comfort to be able to contact someone and get a nice, and helpful response. Thanks again, Peter

  153. Ann Conner says:

    Hi, I have an injured bird — he cannot fly- can I bring him to the center. It is Friday at 6:30 p.m. 6/3/11. Please advise. Thank you.,

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Ann, We can’t take him tommorow because we don’t have a vet on and it is against the law for us to take an injured wild animal without a vet on because we employ vets. I wish we could. Please see “what to do if you find a wild animal” on our website and it will list other possibilities. Thank you. Very best of luck.

  154. Carol says:

    Hi everyone,
    I have a squirrel that has somehow hurt his leg ( maybe hit by a car). I have him in a box and he is resting. Do you have room at the clinic to treat him?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Carol, we can’t take her tommorow because there is no vet on. I am so sorry. There is a list on our website under “what to do if you find a wild animal”. It will list other options. Unfortunately, there are not many. Our hospital and education center is here becasue a few citizens came together to try to provide a community response. We can only serve a tiny fraction of those in need. It hurts us that we can’t take every wild animal that needs help. I so hope you find help for squirrel.

  155. Britt says:


    I work in Boston and the other day I came upon a green heron at lunch that seemed lost and weak and war roaming around an alcove next to a high-rise building. When it tried to fly, it flew into the side of the building. I picked it up, and though somewhat stunned, it seemed okay. I gave it to the landscaper of the building, who told me he would take it to the rooftop garden to see if it would fly from there. My question is: What if it’s unable to fly? Can I bring it to you folks? If not, who?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Britt, Yes you can bring the green heron to us if it cannot fly. Our veterinary staff will do our best to help and, if the green heron heals we will release him or her back to the wild. Just call the Center and dial ext 113 for our hosptial directlyto find out if our hospital is full and “off admission”. We are able to accept wild animal patients today (we are “on admission) , and as far as I know from our veterinary team, we will be able to accept wildlife patients tomorrow. Please read the summary that appears above the instructions on the page “what to do if you find a wild animal”. It is important to understand our function, what we can and cannot do and why. I hope you can bring the heron to us if he/she can’t fly. It is so painful to watch them when they are hurt and helpless! Very best of luck, Katrina

  156. Pesiridis says:

    We have a baby racoon that needs feeding it doesn’t know how to eat by it self. Can you please pick it up before it dies. We all ready lost his sibling. Please call me at 781-894-8951

    • Andrew Cartoceti, DVM says:

      Hi Effie,

      Unfortunately, we do not have means to transport or rescue animals at this time. We recommend calling the Animal Rescue League of Boston at (617) 426-9170. They should be able to come out and pick up the animal and transfer it to a rehabilitator.

  157. Nicolle says:

    My dog found a nest of baby rabbits in the yard. Unfortunately he killed 3 of them, but there are 4 or 5 still alive in the nest. I know that I cannot move the nest but I also cannot guard it for the next 4 weeks until they are able to leave the nest (there are other tenants whose dogs use the yard). If I put some wire fencing around it, will the mother still come back? Any other suggestions? How do I deter other rabbits from building nests in our yard?

    • Andrew Cartoceti, DVM says:

      Hi Nicolle,

      This is a common and very frustrating problem this time of year. The House Rabbit Society has some really good information on what to do in these situations. Here is the link to the page As long as the wire fence is large enough to allow mom to jump through (about 6 inch wide holes), there is a good chance she will be able come rescue them and bring them somewhere safer. Discouraging rabbits from nesting in your yard can be very difficult. They like to make a nest in a shallow depression in ground that has tall grass around it for cover. So eliminating those features is a place to start. Fencing placed around the perimeter is also a good way to keep rabbits out of gardens and other areas where they are unwanted. Good luck.

  158. Scott says:

    Hi, just found a baby raccoon, I think about 5-7 weeks old that fell off of our roof today. I was wondering if you have room for this guy?

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Scott, Yes we do have room for a baby raccoon, but the best thing for him or her is to be reunited with mom if possible. Never handle the baby raccoon with your bare hands. If you can, place the baby in a shallow box for a few hours to see if mom will come back to get him or her. The baby is going to be much better off with mom, sister and brother raccoons. If this doesn’t work, our hospital is on admission tomorrow 10 am – 2 pm. Also, please read on this website “what to do if you find a wild animal” . Best of luck! Katrina

  159. Laura says:

    Hi all…I just found an oppossum in my garage, and it has least 2 that I saw. It must of got in last nite sometime…I was going in and out…
    and negelected (ugh!) to close the door. The question is…do I leave it alone, and hope it leaves, (if I leave the door open some) or try a hav-a-heart trap?? Any help would be appreciated! Thanx,

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hi Laura, Try leaving the door open. The new opossum family will most likely leave within one or two days. Please be sure not to leave food out or they may hang out with you longer. Best of luck. Let us know how you make out. Katrina

  160. Paul says:

    Have baby fox roaming the neighborhood at 2am 2 or 3 nights ion a row now crying for it’s mom.
    Can anyone help!?
    Plymouth – Paul 617 620 8841

    • Katrina Bergman says:

      Hello Paul, I spoke to one of our wildlife docs. If the baby was crying and lost, he/she would most likely cry off and on during the day and night. It may be that mom is off finding food and the baby is not yet mature enough to go along. Hope this helps. Thanks for your question.

    • Maddie says:

      A few days ago I found what I believe to be an orphaned baby cardinal. It’s less than 4 days old. I looked for the nest to put him back and couldn’t find one and didn’t have the materials to make a new nest to put in the tree for him. I have been looking after him since and he’s doing okay but I want him to be able to grow up healthy and be released and I am not qualified to do that for him. Do you have space to take him in? I won’t have much time to bring him until possibly this weekend – so if you can , do you have any tips to keep him healthy until then?

      Thank you!

      • Katrina Bergman says:

        Hi Maddie, we should have space for him but just call before you bring him to make sure we haven’t filled up. It’s hard to care for a baby bird on your own and he should be brought to a rehabilitator as soon as possible, but if you are unable to do so until this weekend you can try feeding him a blended mixture of kitten kibble or cat food, egg whites, and water. Make sure it is warm but not hot, is a liquid consistency, and feed it to the bird slowly using a small syringe. Birds of that age should generally be fed as often as possible, starting out every 15 minutes when they are very young and moving up to every 30 minutes and then every hour as they get older.

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