Spring means babies, and babies mean we're entering our peak season: Nursery time!
Every year we admit nearly 6,000 young animals. Some are orphaned, some are injured and others are mistakenly removed from their nests by well-meaning citizens.
You can help us, and the little wild creatures, by making sure an animal really needs to come to us before bringing it in. Wild animals develop faster and learn more about their wild environment when left with their parents.
Baby bunnies are perhaps the most often accidentally removed because many people assume they're orphaned because they never see an adult rabbit at the nest. This is not unusual: The female rabbit only comes twice a day to nurse the bunnies; then she leaves. You may never see her. The best way to tell whether or not the bunnies are orphaned is by their body condition. Bunnies with a plump "puppy belly" are well-fed and should be left alone. And, bunnies the size of the one shown here are on their own already! If they're hopping around your yard or park, they are fine on their own.
We have an informative video to guide you in determining whether or not the bunnies are being cared for. And you can always call us with questions: 651-486-9453. Of course, any wild animal that is injured or has been in a cat's mouth, should be brought to our center. Thanks for helping us keep wild bunnies in the wild!
Following up on an animal you brought to us? Drop us a note with the person's name who admitted it, the approximate date and the species. We'll get back to you within a few days!
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Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you'd like to follow up on an animal you've rescued.
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The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC) in Roseville, Minn., is a nonprofit, donor-supported organization. The WRC was established in response to the increased need for medical care of injured, ill and orphaned wildlife. With a medical staff of 8, the Center is one of the largest and busiest wildlife medical centers in the nation. More than 400 volunteers care for, rehabilitate and release the wildlife that they've worked with. The WRC treats more than 8,500 wild animals every year, representing more than 160 different species.
We cannot give tours since we do not keep any animals for educational use. We do have an open house every winter, usually in February. Watch our Facebook page or register for our emails to keep up to date with WRC.