Meet one of three new Red Fox kits in our care. (An update on the other kit with the fractured legs is at the end of this post - we know you're wondering how he's doing!)

Our favorite coincidence of the week: the clients who rescued this kit and her siblings live in St. Francis - named after the patron saint of animals.

The home owners had seen the mom fox, and only mom, coming and going from the culvert for awhile so they suspected there were kits in it. When the flooding o...ccurred last week on those warm days before the blizzard, they went down to check on the kits (they hadn't seen the mom around that day) and found that one had drowned but the other three had managed to climb the sides of the ditch. They were soaking wet and shivering.

They left the kits for several hours hoping mom would come back (for which we're so thankful) but when nightfall came they scooped up the kits and brought them inside, knowing temps were forecasted to be in the 20s overnight. (again, they handled the situation just perfectly)

They warmed up the kits and cared for them until they learned about us, then drove them all the way to our center.

We're happy to say all three kits are doing well. The two larger male kits are eating solid foods, this smaller female kit is still receiving formula supplement, which she's enjoying in this video.

Many thanks to the clients for their compassion and thoughtful approach to rescuing these kits.


The other Red Fox kit from Rochester (the one with the fractured rear legs) is slowly healing. We're still very concerned about the fractures healing well. The more complicated pinned femur bone actually appear to be knitting better than the tibia - not what we were expecting but in wildlife medicine it's hard to predict these things. We removed the pins and will know more in the next week or so as the bones and muscles continue to heal. Today we moved this kit into the room with the three new fox kits (they're in separate housing).

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#HappeningNow: Tail-tip amputation on a snake due to trauma.

This is just one of more than 50 procedures on our schedule today. We have 276 animals in care, just over 200 of which are on meds (which aren't figured into the above procedures).

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Abby Bober
· April 14, 2018
Thank you so much for taking in the snake we found in our kitchen during this spring snow storm! We just didn’t know what do with the little thing and because of our own critters we just didn’t have t...he option of keeping it. Can’t say how relieved we feel knowing it is being well cared for by people that know what they are doing! See More
Elizabeth Gray
· November 11, 2017
On Saturday afternoon, I found an injured bat on the sidewalk in downtown Minneapolis. Unable to fly, the bat had enough spunk that I believed he still had a chance. I’m so thankful the WRC was open. ...The front desk was very professional both when I called and during the intake. WRC is the best chance this urban bat has to recover from his injuries. � See More
Diane Schultz
· March 21, 2018
I can’t thank you enough for what you do. We have needed to bring animals here at least six times over the years and are so thankful for what you do!!! �
Amiee Jones
· March 19, 2018
I feel so much after dropping off the surviving 5 baby mice at the Wildlife Rehab it’s up to them. I really appreciate finding out about this place since I didn’t have the time to raise newborns!
Kayla Patrice Payne
· April 16, 2018
Their hours are very nice since animals can be injured anytime of any day. The staff/volunteers that I’ve dealt with are very professional & kind. So glad this place exists! THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO! �
PJ Bovio
· February 15, 2018
I have volunteered at WRC for six years, mainly in the avian nursery. Caring for wonderful animals in the warm, supportive and caring environment that WRC provides is the most precious part of my life.
Jess McFarlen
· March 22, 2018
So thankful for this center and the good folks who serve here.
Krista Boland
· May 27, 2016
My son found the tiniest baby bird in the street today, limp and bloody, my fiance went and picked him up and his mouth opened up so he called the wildlife rehab center and they offered to stay late f...or them to bring the bird.
On the way from cottage grove they saw a momma duck get hit by a car, they got out and grabbed the 8 baby ducklings and brought them too.
The staff made my 6 year old feel so very proud for saving these animal, he's got a permanent smile on his face which is amazing cause he was in tears over the momma duck getting hit.
This place is amazing
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Barbara Erickson
· March 30, 2017
This is the best place in the world to volunteer! So many different species of animals to get up close and learn about them too. The people are so compassionate and very devoted to helping all the cr...itters. Such a rewarding experience to be a part of this great organization! See More
Karen Gustafson
· September 3, 2017
We have brought our black walnuts here for years. We also brought in injured birds. They are amazing people!
Kathy Plesha Donlin
· July 18, 2017
Amazing! Dropped off baby squirrels (see post) and received an update. All are doing well. My husband was so impressed he couldn't stop talking about this place. He commented on how busy and patien...t the "lady at the front desk" was. They are absolute Angels! See More
Sara Bug
· August 29, 2017
Love volunteering here in the avian nursery. 💚 Seeing first hand the love and commitment of the staff and volunteers is amazing!
Davis Senseman
· May 3, 2017
This place is amazing. What a resource. Make sure if you're taking in an animal you also make a donation. They don't treat any animals who have families with $$, so it's up to us to keep them around!
Ellen Kramer
· June 29, 2016
I am so thankful for the people at WRC. I have brought in animals for years. Just remember to give them a donation when you drop off the sweet critters. The work they do is amazing!
I especially app...reciate the fact that they keep you updated on the little ones.
Thank you for what you do!
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Amanda Carlson
· June 2, 2016
Oddly enough, I learned about WRC through my employer's volunteering website. I've been volunteering at their Darvan Acres site (last stop for water fowl and large birds before releasing back into th...e wild) a couple years now. I've brought a tiny brown bat and an injured squirrel to them for care. I really wish the WRC could open another facility in the south metro. I'll keep trying to win that lottery ticket :) See More
Bill Schirmers
· August 10, 2017
Such a great place taking care of our little friends who are in need...have brought multiple animals in and always feel that they are in the best of hands
Lisa Marie Pasquale
· January 1, 2015
Thank you for the advice on how to safely handle the Big Brown Bat we found trying to hibernate in a corner behind a door in our home this week. You do great work and I am pleased to know he is not o...nly safe with you, but will have a lot of company as there seems to be a trend on the Critter Ticker! Wonder if the late warm spell and sudden temp drop has them scrambling to find winter refuge! See More
Sharon Morris Somero
· May 24, 2017
We uncovered a bunny nest while mowing. We got a quick call back and some excellent advice on how to protect them from the dog and give them the best chance to survive.
Sarah Adina
· September 18, 2016
We dropped off a turtle today that was hit by a car. �� She was still alive and we hope they were able to save her. The front desk staff was great. Rushed her off to be helped and cared for right away.... Also said that we can check back on her status in a couple of days. Very nice! Happy that we have people to care for the "little guys"; animals in need! � See More
Robin Bour
· June 2, 2015
I use to volunteer here before kids and look forward to volunteering here again when my kids are older. Awesome mission and awesome place. Great job to all the people who work here and volunteer here all Awesomely wonderful people See More