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Although the beginning of this video is hard to watch there is a happy ending. It’s inspiring to see people working hard to make a difference in the life of this animal. You can almost feel the relief. One person or a small group CAN make a difference. | Repost @racingextinction |🌊WHALE SHARK RESCUE! Whale Shark reaches out and cooperates with the diver trying to save him. 💙 #Repost @fathomlesslife Video from Secrets of Shark Island Via The Smithsonian Channel (YouTube) #whaleshark #sharks #conservation #ocean #keepitclean #animals #wildlife #nature #wild #humans #scubadiving #sea #racingextinction #whale #shark #oceanconservation #wildlifewin #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephotography #wildliferescue #wildlifeconservation #dive #diving #diver #scuba #bethechange #endextinction #KeyConservation

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Elvis’ pre-yawn silliness. #slothlove #sloths #costarica #wildliferescue

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Flying fox babies will flap their wings to strengthen them up to start flying :) #krugerthebat #bat #bats #flyingfox #fruitbat #wildlife #australianbats #australianwildlife #megabat #megabats #batman #wildliferehab #wildliferescue

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Winds from Hurricane Irma blew so hard that it drained the water right out of Tampa Bay. This caught some manatees off guard and they got stranded in the now waterless bay. Luckily a few citizens decided to do something and worked to move 2 of the manatees back into open water. Unfortunately 2 other manatees weren’t as lucky. Rescuers said they tried but they didn’t have enough manpower to move the manatees that were stuck in sand like mud even after a valiant effort.

This right here is one of the many reasons we are building the @keyconservation app. Our In-person feature would send out alerts to local supporters about volunteer opportunities happening in real-time. There is nothing worse when you are in a fight against the clock to save an animal and you need help. We make it easy to send out alerts immediately which are then sent as push notifications to people in that area not around the world who can’t actually help. Help us make this app so we can help make this a possibility! Our Indiegogo link is in our profile! 🔑🌱| Video by: Marcelo Clavijo | #manatee #conservationoptimism #conservation #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #rescue #animalrescue #wildliferescue #endangeredspecies #endangered #hurricane #hurricaneirma #Tampa #TampaBay #Florida #USA #endextinction #endendlings #hope #app #science #animal #wildlifephotography #biologist #fieldwork #KeyConservation

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Monster eating one of her favorite treats 6 meters high at the top of the release cage. We encourage natural foraging from tall heights to help prepare them for life in the forest canopy! #sloths #Slothlove #allslothsalldayeveryday #BornToBeWild #bradypus #babyanimals #socute #wild #wildlife #costarica #animals #wildanimals #wildliferescue #wildlifephotography #wild

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The fastest bird in the world arrives at WAF!

This beautiful juvenile peregrine falcon was brought into the centre recently after being found lying on the ground by a busy road.

These birds are a rare sight at WAF, so our vets were more than happy to give it a full examination! Luckily, all seemed to be well and it was moved into our larger aviary for a flight test.

After several successful flights and a clean bill of health from our vets, this beautiful youngster was taken back to where it was found and released back into the wild :)

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This silly boy just had his first flight, looks like it’s time for crèche! #krugerthebat #wildlife #bat #bats #flyingfox #fruitbat #australianbats #australianwildlife #babybat #wildliferehab #wildliferescue #blackflyingfox

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If you saw an animal in distress would you know who to notify or what to do? The @keyconservation app will have build in features that allows supporters to notify conservation organizations of situations that need immediate help. You can even geo tag posts so you know conservation organizations are getting to the exact location they are needed the most. Learn more about these features and how you can help us make this app through our @indiegogo campaign link in our bio☝️🔑🌱Repost @thedodo | This leopard was trapped deep in a well, so people built him a ladder — he just had to figure out how to climb it. 💙 #wildliferescue #savewildlife #wildlifeaddicts (📹: @jukinmedia) #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #conservation #rescue #leopard #well #wildlifephotography #endangeredspecies #endangered #endendlings #endextinction #nature #conservationoptimism #hope #biologist #fieldwork #KeyConservation

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Milena enjoying one of her favorite foods: guarumo fruit! Healthy appetite helps her to heal faster. #slothlove #sloths #keepwildlifewild #costarica #wildliferescue

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Bats are not uncommon here at Wildlife Aid, but a baby bat is something of a rarity.
This baby pipistrelle was found by a member of the public on the floor in their house. They were understandably confused as to exactly where the bat had come from - they didn’t even own a cat they could blame it on! We think the unlucky youngster may have fallen from a ‘maternity roost’ in their roof, but we’ll never know for sure.
Luckily, it seemed to be uninjured, but was dehydrated and thin. After being given some rehydration solution, it was sent off with a specialist bat carer for dedicated treatment. We wish it well!

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And so it begins!
We always get two influxes of orphaned baby squirrels a year and it seems that the time has come for round two to start!
This tiny little baby was brought in to us after being attacked by a cat and taken to a local vets. The vet found a superficial wound on its belly, and glued it closed with tissue glue before sending it to us. On arrival, our volunteer vet, Maru, cleaned and closed the wound again with sutures, and gave it painkillers and antibiotics to combat the bacteria from the cat bite.
It is now being fed round the clock by our team of volunteers, and we will continue to keep a close eye on it as it grows.
This is the start of many more new arrivals at the centre, and each will need round the clock care. To help with our work, please consider donating of becoming a volunteer in your spare time. Details can be found on our website!

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We get a lot of orphaned baby birds at this time of year, but it’s very rare to be brought the nest as well!

These tiny birds are baby gold crests. The youngsters AND their nest were brought in to us by a member of the public, after their cat brought in the whole kit and caboodle, completely intact!

Following a thorough inspection by our vet team, the babies proved to be unharmed and were moved from their nest into an incubator to warm up. They will now be fed regularly by our volunteer team. Please keep your fingers crossed!

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Our baby kestrels are growing by the day, and are now starting to show their beautiful adult colouration! It’s amazing to think that these were once the fluffy white chicks that we went to pick up a short while ago!

We will keep you updated on their progress as they grow older. They still look very chick-like at this stage, but we’re sure that will change all too soon!

Pigeon Fancier

The pigeon is a commonly disliked and largely underestimated bird. As a rehabilitator “it’s only a pigeon!” and “You’ll come all this way for a pigeon?” are regularly chimed down the phone as if people consider us wildlife rescue … apart from pigeons.

Pigeons actually make up a large proportion of what we rescue throughout the year due to a range of infections, road traffic accidents and lack of food to name but a few. Living in such close proximity to humans has been both a  haven and a hell for these birds, adapting to an urban lifestyle has provided a new niche of roosting places and food offerings, but also leaves birds vulnerable to human structures such as pigeon netting, vehicles and even persecution at the hand of shotgun pellets. With pigeons remaining so common in town centres, it is easy to take these birds for granted, but pigeons have a lot more going on inside those little heads then you may realise, here are some of my favourite pigeon facts …

  • Pigeons are the only non mammal which have been found to pass the ‘mirror test’ and recognise their own reflection in a mirror
  • A team of navy researchers were able to train pigeons to recognise red and yellow lifejackets floating in the sea in an aim to save more lives. Pigeons not only had a better success rate than humans, but were also faster!
  • Pigeons bob their heads for better depth perception, as the pigeon steps forward it leaves it’s head behind giving itself time to take in the image before the next step pulls it’s head forward and so on
  • Some Sikhs believe that if they feed pigeons then they will never go hungry in their next life
  • A 10 year study by Oxford University found that pigeons use landmarks and roads to navigate their way back home after travelling long distances, they were even found to turn at motorway junctions
  • Pigeons show great plumage diversity for a feral animal, although there are several theories, scientists are still not clear why that is

… see they can do more than hoover up McDonalds in your local town centre, they just really like McDonalds that’s all.

Image courtesy of ‘The Feral Pigeon Project’ (2013)

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Monster enjoying her exercise time in the brand new Sloth Bootcamp enclosure! #slothlove #wildliferescue #costarica #dreamsreallydocometrue

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Elvis and Bruno enjoying the morning breeze and sunshine together. #slothlove #sloths #bestfriendsforlife #whosaidslothsaresolitary #costarica #wildliferescue

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Almost one month post surgery, Momma Sloth has the chance to climb her first tree since the initial trauma. She did great but was tired after about an hour. She still has a long way to go before she can be released but her recovery so far has been amazing and I have to say she is one of my most favorite patients ever! We are all dreaming of the day she returns home 😊 #slothlove #costarica #wildliferescue #keepwildlifewild #sloths

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