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Patient Profiles

Every day new patients arrive at our facility. In an effort to tell their story of survival and highlight the diverse number of species that we rehabilitate, we highlight a new patient each week. Some of these are individuals, others are orphaned siblings. As their cases progress - we will update the outcome - our hope is that many, many of these patients are released! 

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Spruce grouse

By Sarvey Wildlife / Monday, November 14, 2016 /

These two came in separately, but within a day of one another. The one in the front of the photo was found in someone's yard and was unable to move or stand up. Unfortunately, it took 2 days before they could get her to us and she was suffering from capture myopathy. Sadly, after 4 days with us she was still not improving and we had to euthanize her.

The other one was brought to us after she hit a window. She has head trauma, but is improving. We are hopeful that she will recover to be released.
It is possible that even if she came in immediately, the same outcome may have occurred with the first Spruce grouse. Capture myopathy is caused by stress and is usually non-reversible.

We always tell people to not handle wildlife that is orphaned or injured. Just quickly place them in a box, covered, quiet, safe and warm. It is tempting to hold hurt or small animals, but it does not provide them comfort. They don't understand you are trying to help.
(Note: We are not saying the presenter did anything wrong with this grouse. We are simply using this as an opportunity to remind people about proper handling of patients for transport and to do so ASAP. Sometimes circumstances delay an animal getting to us. Capture myopathy in her case likely was caused by escaping from predators or hunters.) Status - released. See video here.

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