In the center’s upstairs surgical suite, Clinic Director Kathleen Handley and technician Drew Hoover put a downy woodpecker under general anesthesia (also pictured below) in order to take an X-ray and put a tiny splint on his fractured wrist. Photo by Laura Chase De Formigny
Photo by Laura Chase De Formigny
An injured downy woodpecker brought to the center from Bethesda receives an X-ray. Photo by Laura Chase De Formigny
Clinic Director Kathleen Handley—who has been with the center for more than 20 years—reviews the woodpecker’s X-ray, which shows a fractured bone between its wrist and knuckles. The bird did not heal as hoped and had to be euthanized. Photo by Laura Chase De Formigny
Snakes are often brought to the center with skin wounds after getting entangled in garden netting or stuck on glue traps meant for rodents. Snakes are actually a natural form of rodent control that people should be thankful to have in their yards, Second Chance President Maureen Smith says. Eastern rat snakes are the most common type treated at the center. Sometimes snakes are cold, hungry and dehydrated if they’ve been stuck to a glue trap for a long time before being found. Photo by Laura Chase De Formigny
There are several outdoor enclosures for squirrels, ducks, geese, hawks and falcons. After animals are treated indoors, they are often moved outside, where they have more room and can acclimate to the weather. Courtney Thomas, clinic tech and assistant clinic manager, tends to the animals, cleaning out their cages and observing who is getting along with whom. “It’s like musical squirrels,” she says of moving the animals around and often grouping them by age, size or weight to make sure they don’t fight. Photo by Laura Chase De Formigny