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We are a wildlife hospital and education center. We treat as many as 4,000 injured wild animals and teach nearly 35,000 children and adults each year. We can't heal animals, nature educate the next generation or advocate for wildlife without you.

Real Life

He was a barely noticeable ball of fuzz being tumbled about by heavy traffic on the highway – it was a miracle he made it out of the road without being hit. I caught up with him a few yards off the road; I couldn’t believe how fast a baby duck could run. I held him in my hands to try to comfort him, to quiet his constant, frantic peeping.

I had never seen a duck so small; his whole body the size of a golf ball. Where had he come from? His mother and her brood were nowhere to be found. He finally relaxed, and curled up in my lap. I remembered my childhood nature hikes with Mrs. Terwilliger – this was a wild duck. He would only be happy wild and free. That was it; I would take him to WildCare. On the way there “Lucky” the duck fell asleep.

The people at WildCare could not have been kinder or more helpful. They identified him as a hatchling Mallard, and assured me that he would be well cared for, and when ready, released to the wild. They encouraged me to call back later. I went home, satisfied that my lucky duck was with knowledgeable and caring people who would keep him healthy and wild. I called the next day to check on him; he was fine.

Now, when I see a pair of ducks flying between waterways, I think of him and his mate living their natural life.
--A Rescuer