Tucson Wildlife Center seeing influx of baby animals

Published: Aug. 31, 2016 at 3:33 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Tucson Wildlife Center is seeing an influx of baby animals that cannot be returned to their parents in the wild.

Usually springtime is known as the time for a wildlife baby boom, but in the last few weeks, the center has taken in five orphaned or displaced baby animals, according to a media release.

Last week, the center took in a bobcat kitten that was found by two landscapers.

They also took in a raccoon cub that was left behind in a chimney when his mother became frightened by humans.

Both baby animals came to the center with their eyes still closed and their umbilical cords attached.

Earlier this month, the center took in two baby skunks that were found by workers drilling in the Santa Rita Mountains.

A baby ringtail was also found inside a piece of construction equipment in Douglas.

In all cases, every attempt was made to locate the parent animals, but was unsuccessful.

The center is required by the state to release baby animals at 12 weeks old, but because it is so late in the season, this can be troublesome.

"We get late summer babies every year," said Lisa Bates, executive director of Tucson Wildlife Center in the media release. "It makes it hard on us and the babies, because the state says the animals have to be released at 12 weeks old when they are too young to survive on their own and during the winter when food is scarce."

The center works with officials to get permission to hold the babies until spring, when they are old enough to survive on their own.

Anyone who sees a baby animal in the wild is urged to leave it alone, unless it is in immediate danger.

If anyone sees wildlife in need of help, they should call the Tucson Wildlife Center at (520)290-9433.

For more information about the Tucson Wildlife Center, click HERE: http://bit.ly/2cczGOZ

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