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At the Clinic

From time to time, we feature patients we have seen at the clinic. Learn more about some of the wildlife we have seen.

Peregrine Falcon gets released after recovering from fractures

An interesting case in the clinic this spring included this Peregrine Falcon being released by Lisa Rosenkrans, V19, on June 12. The peregrine falcon was admitted on May 2 with right radial and extensor process fractures. Upon radiograph, the right extensor process fracture was not displaced and right proximal radius Read More

Thick-Billed Murre Found on the Ground in Wilmington, MA

On March 5, a thick-billed murre was found in a driveway in Wilmington, MA emaciated and exhausted, but alert. Thick-billed murres spend all their lives at sea. They breed in arctic waters and can be found off the coast of Massachusetts in the winter. These types of sea birds are commonly Read More

Bobcat Recovers After Being Hit by a Car

On December 6, 2017, a juvenile female bobcat was hit by a car and suffered a right femur fracture. Wildlife Clinic veterinarians consulted with Dr. Rob McCarthy, a board-certified surgeon and member of the Cumming’s School faculty. Dr. McCarthy repaired the fracture with a pin and plate fixation. After sufficient Read More

Juvenile Bald Eagle Found on Ground Not Acting Normally

On January 22, 2018, a juvenile bald eagle was found down on the ground on a farm after having been seen flying erratically for 2 days prior. When state officials went to approach and catch the bird, it did not fly away like it normally should. Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife Read More

Merlin Released After Recovering from a Wing Injury

On December 5, 2017, a merlin, found in Ludlow, Mass, was admitted to the clinic with a left, mid-shaft open ulnar fracture. After giving supportive care with pain medication and antibiotics, the staff cleaned the wound site, applied a topical cream to the wound, and stabilized the fracture site with Read More

Red-tailed Hawk Being Released After Recovering from Anticoagulant Rodenticide Poisoning

A juvenile red-tailed hawk was brought to the Wildlife Clinic from Malden by the Environmental Police on October 22, 2017. It was found down on the ground, very lethargic and unable to fly. Upon initial exam, the hawk became progressively dull and it was noted that the lining of its Read More

Snapping Turtle Recovering after a Surgical Jaw Fracture Repair

A common snapping turtle was admitted to the clinic with a left mandibular (lower jaw) fracture (see fracture repair site circled in photograph). After a few days of observation and care, it was determined that the turtle would need surgery to stabilize and repair the fracture. Once the turtle was Read More

Osprey found in a cemetery in Salem, MA not flying

An osprey was admitted in early September to the clinic with a broken right humerus(a bone located in the upper section of the wing). It was found on the ground in a cemetery in Salem, MA.  On initial exam, the fracture was stabilized with a wing wrap and the bird Read More

Great Horned Owl Hit By MBTA Train

This is a great horned owl recovering in the Shalin Liu Healing Cage. It is conditioning and re-acclimating to the outdoors while it prepares for its release after being hit by a MBTA train in Jamaica Plain on July 22, 2017. Upon initial exam, the owl had a swollen foot and Read More