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Lucy - Canada Goose
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Disability: Imprinted

Kidnapped from the wild and raised by humans, Lucy came to our center as a gosling. She was introduced to flocks of her own kind, but attempts to rehabilitate her back to a "wild" state proved futile. She had become very fond of people and had never learned the skills necessary to survive on her own. Lucy has a very strong personality and is deeply loved by all at the center. She does a great job as an ambassador exciting both children and adults alike about the importance of wild animals. 



 
Talulah - Eastern Wild Turkey

Disability: Wing Fracture

Talulah arrived with a broken wing in September of 2014. After treatment and rehabilitation, the wing never regained full extension, grounding the young poult. Although unable to fly, her strong legs and jumping ability presented a challenge for public appearances. A special harness was created by Parrot University to solve the issue. She quickly adapted to wearing the fitted accessory and enjoys daily walks outside.




 
Zihna - Red Tailed Hawk

Disability: Imprinted

Zihna (pronounced Zeye-nah) was brought to the center with severe head trauma. Because he was so young at the time of the injury, he became imprinted during treatment.  He has permanent balance issues but with training, provided by center staff, he has greatly improved. During the day, Zihna sits atop his perch in the main room of FVWC supervising daily activities.

  



 
ZiZi - Eastern Screech Owl

Disability: Loss of Eye

ZiZi, a rufous (red phase) Eastern Screech Owl, was hit by a semi tractor-trailer in December of 2014. Loss of her left eye from the accident makes life in the wild an impossibility. Adopted by Fox Valley in April of 2015, she is a fiery little red head who quickly adapted to her new vocation.

 
Zephyr - Screech Owl
 Disabilty: Loss of Eye 

Zephyr, a gray phase Eastern Screech Owl, was found on a dark, rainy night lying on the side of a Wisconsin highway. Losing his left eye as a result, he can no longer hunt for food on his own. Daily training is helping him overcome the shyness brought on by his traumatic accident.


 

 

 
Wooka - Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker
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Disability: Underdeveloped

Wooka was born underdeveloped as a chick, with only one eye and toes that do not allow him to climb well. He could never survive on his own in the wild.

A member of the woodpecker family, Wooka was named after the "wooka-wooka" call made by his species. His favorite snack is peanut butter on an orange slice!


 
Ernie and Bernadette - Rock Doves

Ernie Disability: Fractured Wing

Bernadette Disability: Habituated

Ernie was brought to the center from the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors with a fractured wing of unknown origin. Unable to fly,  he cannot be released back into the wild due to his injury.

Bernadette was found on a residential driveway. Lethargic and unwilling to fly away, she was brought to the center by the homeowner. Due to her friendly demeanor and lack of fear, she is presumably a former racing pigeon. During her brief recuperation she formed a special bond with our resident rock dove, Ernie.

The happy pair can now be seen monitoring activities in the bird room and taking quick jaunts throughout the center. These special birds demonstrate that all species deserve a second chance.

Ernie and Bernadette only attend education programs together.



 
Ciega - Virginia Opossum

Disability: Blind

Ciega was found injured in the middle of a Washington State highway. Healed from her apparent injuries and scheduled for release, it was discovered that she had lost sight in both eyes. Transferred to our center in July of this year, she was given her name which means "blind" in Spanish. She is a sweet girl who has adjusted quickly to her new life as an education ambassador.


 
Penny - Black Tailed Prairie Dog

Disability: Non-Native, Habituated

Penny was found wandering a suburban yard. Since these animals are not native to the area, she was probably released by the individual who purchased her. She has become a very important example to educate the public about the commitment necessary to the life of any animal taken as a pet as well as the negative repercussions of releasing non-native species into a new environment.

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Penny, the black-tailed prairie dog, was found wandering a suburban yard. Since these animals are not native to the area, she was probably released by the individual that purchased her. She has become a very important example to educate the public about the commitment necessary to the life of any animal taken as a pet.

 
Toby - Three-toed Box Turtle
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Disability: Habituated

Toby came to the center in the summer of 2004.  Animal control found him alone in an alley and brought him to us.   Because he is so friendly to humans, it is suspected he was dumped there by someone who raised him and no longer wanted to care for him. Never given the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to survive in the wild, he cannot be released.




 
Lancelot - Eastern Milk Snake

Disability: Habituated

Lancelot came to us through the generosity of a retiring naturalist from another facility. Raised from an egg, he has spent his entire life educating the public about his species.

 
Waldo - Spotted Salamander

Disability: Loss of  Eye

Waldo, a  spotted salamander, lost an eye after an attack by a chicken. Fully recovered, he now travels to various events.