About Wild Baby Rescue
What We Do
Wild Baby Rescue Center, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt all volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey native wildlife through education, rehabilitation and release.
Why: Because humans and their activities are often responsible, directly or indirectly, for the injuries suffered by wildlife, we believe that we have a responsibility to assist in healing those injuries. Wild Baby Rescue Center provides a means for caring people to give injured and orphaned wildlife a second chance to live out their natural, wild lives.
Type of Care: We specialize in caring for the youngest injured and orphaned wild animals. They are provided special diets appropriate for their species, age and condition. Medical, psychological and supportive care is provided. During their convalescence, great steps are taken to avoid dependence on the care-givers so that our wild patients remain truly wild and have a better chance of survival once they are released. All patients are appropriately housed until they are fully recovered and ready to return to the wild.
The Center Itself: Wild Baby Rescue Center is located on a 6.2 acre farm in Blairstown, New Jersey. Wild Baby Rescue Center receives and cares for animals all year long. The Center is run by an experienced wildlife rehabilitator, Hope Kosch-Davison, permitted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Everybody at Wild Baby Rescue is a non-paid Volunteer. All Donations go directly to the animal care, (Formula, food, medication, and housing).
Run, Rudy Run
May begins Orphaned Fawn season. A tiny Fawn was found at the bottom of a ravine. His cries were heard by two men who rescued the newborn infant and brought him to Wild Baby Rescue Center. He arrived in a box, wet, shivering from the cold, frightened and covered in mud and leaves. You could barely make out that he was a Fawn. We estimated his age at 2 days.
After a washing in warm water to help raise his body temperature, he was put on warmed IV fluids. He was barely conscious. His wounds were dressed as was an injury to his right eye. He lay on a heating pad in a playpen in the infant nursery under constant supervision.
This special little Fawn deserved a special name. We named him Rudolph. Rudy slowly showed signs of improvement, picking his head up, making tiny Fawn sounds, and five days later began to suck on a bottle.
With nutritious formula and lots of care the tiny fawn began to stand and walk. Rudy always cocked his head to the right side. We were afraid that the damage was neurologic due to the head injury from his fall.
Weeks pasted by and all the fawns were moved to the barn and outside enclosure where they could graze, run and play tag the way little fawns do. Rudy was the only one who never ran or played. He would stand on the sidelines watching the other fawns. We feared Rudy would never run.
One day all of the fawns were running around the field playing tag the way they do and much to everyone’s’ surprise Rudy ran, and ran and ran. There was not a dry eye at the barn. Tears of joy and relief poured down everyone’s face. Rudy would be able to be released back into the wild. I have never seen a more joyful fawn. Every morning from then on, when the Fawns were let out of the barn stall to play, Rudy was the first to run. It turned out that the fall had not caused neurologic problems but that he had lost sight in his right eye and he tilted his head to see where he was going.
That fall we all said Farewell to Rudy and all the other Fawns. They were wild and free to run.
Wild Baby Rescue Center needs your help to continue to help wild babies like Rudy. The center cares for hundreds of animals every year. Your contribution will make a real difference in the life of an injured and orphaned wild baby.
Help them to Run Wild and Free!
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