An orphaned juvenile river otter (17-262) arrived at CROW from Fort Lauderdale on February 7, 2017. The otter was abandoned by its mother and a reintroduction effort was unsuccessful. It will remain at CROW for a few months until it is old enough to be released.
Here is a video from WINK-TV of the otter arriving at CROW .View Patient Detail
A male gopher tortoise was admitted to the clinic after it was struck by a vehicle. It suffered a front leg injury with damage to two of its claws.
Something else was very peculiar about this tortoise when it arrived. It's carapace (top shell), plastron (bottom shell) and scales elsewhere on its body were discolored. Our veterinarians had not seen a case like this before. Samples of the discolored shell were sent for further testing to determine a cause.View Patient Detail
On August 30, a neonate raccoon was found crying under a tree with its sibling. It was cold and quiet when it arrived. Unfortunately, the sibling had passed away before the two made it to CROW.
The young raccoon is only days old and has not yet opened its eyes or ears. This raccoon has what is known as a "blonde" coloration. Its fur is much lighter in color than other baby raccoons. As it grows older, its fur will darken a bit to resemble the normal raccoon look, but it will remain lighter than most.View Patient Detail
On May 13, E8 returned to CROW for the second time after being struck by a great horned owl that resulted in a broken leg. After 3 months of recovery and a successful rehabilitation the eaglet was released on August 13, 2016.
E8 was first brought to CROW on February 10, 2016 as a result of its leg being entangled in monofilament line. After having the line removed and spending a few days recoving, the eaglet was returned to its nest on February 12, 2016.
American bald eagle (315-543) was brought to CROW the first time on March 17, 2015 after being found on railroad tracks in North Fort Myers suffering from a broken clavicle on his left wing. After 3 months of recovery and rehabilitation, Ozzie was released on June 17, 2015 at the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam.
Ozzie was brought to CROW a second time on September 27, 2015 after he was found weak and injured in a North Fort Myers backyard most likely from a fight with another bald eagle. He arrived in critical condition, unable to stand and fighting a bacterial blood infection. Unfortunately, on September 29, 2015 Ozzie passed away as a result of his injuries.View Patient Detail
An adult eastern screech owl (16-3241) arrived at CROW from Fort Myers on October 12 with a left wing injury. It was unclear how the owl received the injury. It arrived bright and alert After radiographs identified a fractured left ulna (forearm) causing minor displacement and fractured left carpometacarpus (single fused bone between the wrist and the knuckles) show moderate displacement. Splints were placed on the injuries and physical therapy will begin early next week.
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On Saturday, October 29, an adult green sea turtle (patient # 16-3404) weighing approximately 52 pounds (sex unknown) was brought to CROW from Captiva. It arrived depressed, pale and was having increased inspiratory effort. The turtle had a single small Fibropapilloma (a common disease that causes tumors to cover a turtle’s body and impede their vision, mouth, and movement). It is believed that the sea turtle has Brevitoxicosis (red tide). Overall, the turtle is in great body condition and being provided supportive care (food, water) and being monitored closeView Patient Detail
A a male adult loggerhead sea turtle (180 lbs) was rescued by the Lee County Sheriff's Department Marine Unit after it received information that the turtle was seen floating near Cayo Costa and unable to submerge. The sea turtle is currently doing well and is very alert with no signs of neurological damage being present. It is believed to have brevitoxicosis (red tide). Release date pending.View Patient Detail
A mangrove water snake from Sanibel was brought to CROW on November 26, 2016, after it was found with a discharge coming from its mouth. The snake has been QAR (quiet, alert and responsive) with limited activity and is being provided supportive care (food and water). The patient is receiving outside time to absorb sunlight which has helped increase its activity level.View Patient Detail
An eastern indigo snake from North Captiva was brought to CROW on November 26, 2016, after it was found with several abrasions and punctures over a majority of its body. The wounds were cleaned with saline and bandages applied to affected areas. The adult male snake is approximately 7 feet in length and weighs 5.75 pounds and was pit tagged by SCCF (Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation) in 2013. The snake will continue to receive wound management until the wounds granulate in and skin sheds.View Patient Detail
An adult barred owl (16-3775) arrived at CROW from Alva, FL on December 12 after being found not moving in the middle of the road with a left eye injury.
Upon examination by CROW hospital staff, the owl was alert with mild dehydration and a retinal hemorrhage in the left eye. Medication was administered in the eye and will be checked for progress in a couple of days.View Patient Detail
An adult male American bald eagle arrived at CROW from Pine Island Sound with a serious left leg injury. The eagle weighs approximately 6 lbs. and was quiet, dehydrated and emaciated. A blood transfusion was performed without any complications and latest tests indicate an increase in red blood cells.
The eagle is showing signs of slight improvement and is more alert, vocal and attempting to stand. The eagle will be closely monitored, receive daily exams and fluids to increase strength and weight.View Patient Detail
Two laughing gulls arrived at CROW Clinic from Fort Myers after being found in the motor box section of a shrimp boat covered in diesel fuel and motor oil. When they arrived at CROW’s wildlife hospital both gulls where immediately bathed in warm water with Dawn dishwashing liquid to help remove the diesel fuel and motor oil.
The gulls were emaciated and hypothermic because they lost their natural waterproof protection leaving their sensitive skin exposed. After receiving baths, the gulls where dried off and gently warmed with a hair dryer.
The gulls will receive supportive care and be closely monitored for side effects of the diesel fuel and motor oil. Click here to see the laughing gulls being cleaned to remove the fuil and oil.View Patient Detail
A brown pelican (17-11) arrived at CROW from Sanibell that was entangled in fishing line with a hook in its left wing. A CROW volunteer in a kayak rescued the pelican from a bridge pillar under the Sanibel Causeway.
The hook caused multiple wounds and injuries including inflammation in the right leg where the fishing line was wrapped. After giving the pelican X-rays, the veterinary staff discovered that the pelican had a pellet in its neck. It was an old wound imbedded in the skin and posed no threat so the decision was made not to remove it. The pelican is currently bright, alert and eating well.View Patient Detail
A northern cardinal arrived at CROW from Sanibel on January 11 after it was found stuck in a glue trap. Glue was found on the wings and the beak covering the nares (nose opening). The glue was removed with warm canola oil. The bird is currently receiving supportive care and is expected to be released soon.View Patient Detail
A white pelican (#17-69) arrived at CROW after it was found in the mangroves at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge unable to swim. The pelican arrived weak, unable to keep its head up and evidence of neurological issues. It will receive supportive care until a concrete diagnosis can be made.View Patient Detail
A female Kemp's Ridley was admitted to the hospital with two fishing hooks it had ingested. The veterinarians were able to surgically remove the hooks using endoscope equipment. Besides the two hooks, the turtle is in good health. She will receive supportive care until she is ready to be released.View Patient Detail
An osprey (17-137) arrived at CROW from J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on January 21, 2017 after it was found in the water unable to fly. The osprey had a traumatic injury to the left foot with severe swelling and is receiving supportive care and pain management. Additional treatment will be based on pending test results.View Patient Detail
A "fledgling" American Bald Eagle was admitted to the clinic on March 30 from Cape Coral. Radiographs show a fractured humerus of the eagle's left wing. Due to the location of the fracture, surgery is not an option. The wing will be immobilized and the eagle will recieve nutritional and supportive care as it heals.View Patient Detail
A nestling eastern screech owl was admitted to the clinic after being dropped off at one of our drop locations. No information was provided as to where it came from, so it is unable to be re-nested. The owl will receive supportive care as it grows up and will be released once it is old enough to fly and hunt on its own.View Patient Detail
Two nestling loggerhead shrikes were admitted to the clinic after being knocked out of the nest when a car struck the tree containing the nest. Shrikes are nicknamed "the butcherbird" because they impale their food on thorns or barbed wire so it is easier for them to eat.View Patient Detail
Three hatchling red-bellied woodpeckers were admitted from Captiva after their nest was destroyed during construction. They are only a few days old and have not even opened their eyes. They have voracious appetites and require feedings every 45 minutes throughout the day. As they grow, they will be taught how to eat on their own and eventually how to fly before being able to be released.View Patient Detail
Four hatchling chimney swifts arrived at the clinic on July 11 after their nest had fallen down the finder's chimney. They are just a few days old and still very small and helpless. The biggest of the four weighed just 5.49 grams at intake.
Did you know that chimney swifts spend most of their lives flying? They only land when they roost and nest. When they land, they are unable to perch like most birds and instead cling to the walls of chimneys or other vertical surfaces.View Patient Detail
A female peninsula cooter, which is a freshwater turtle, was admitted from Cape Coral after it swallowed a fishing hook on the end of the line of a fisherman. The fisherman immediately brought the turtle to CROW so that the hook could be removed safely.
Radiographs showed the hook inside the turtle's body and the veterinarians acted quickly to remove it.View Patient Detail
A female spotted skunk was admitted July 21 after it was found injured in Lehigh Acres. The skunk had a large, infected wound on the top of its head. It was severely dehydrated and emaciated. Numerous ticks and fleas were found on its body and removed. Pain medications, antibiotics and fluids were administered after its intial intake and will continue as needed. The head wound was flushed, but will need further treatment.View Patient Detail
The bird was found injured with blood on its feathers in St. James City, Florida. During its intake exam, it was discovered the bird had a fractured ulna in its right wing and fractured tibiotarsus in its left leg. Radiographs showed a comminuted fracture (broken into more than two pieces) in the wing and a greenstick fracture in the leg.
These injuries showed the heron had suffered from a gunshot. A gunshot pellet remained lodged in the tibiotarsus of its leg. The injured wing was placed in a figure 8 wrap and the injured leg was splinted. Its wounds were debrided (cleaned) and flushed. It was also started on pain medications.View Patient Detail
A very unique patient, a leucistic loggerhead sea turtle hatchling (#17-2960), arrived at the #CROWClinic today. Leucism is a condition in which there is partial pigmentation loss in an animal. It differs from albinism in that animals with leucism still have normal eye coloration as opposed to the red eyes associated with albinism. Leucistic animals are not always entirely white like this little turtle. They can also have patches of white mixed with their normal coloration.View Patient Detail