CORAL SPRINGS, FL – It’s “baby season” at the Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital in Coral Springs.
Springtime is usually the busiest part of the year at the facility on Sportsplex Drive as injured baby animals are dropped off, Executive Director Robin Reccasina said this week.
“We always see a surge starting this time of year and running through the summer,” Reccasina said.
Right now, one of the most common animals that the staff sees and treats are baby opossums -- which they received 36 this week alone.
“We can get quite a few opossums, but it was quite a bit in the past couple of days,” Hospital Director Tina Cortez said.
The number of opossums can increase quickly due to the unfortunate circumstances they are found in, she said.
“When opossums have babies, they can have litters of up to 13, so if the mom gets hit by a car when scurrying across the street, we can get a pouch full of six or seven babies that survived,” Cortez said.
The facility’s two goals, however, are to release animals, if they are eligible and healthy enough, and to provide wildlife education to the community.
The animals can also suffer lifelong injuries that prevent them from being released, such as eye and wing injuries, in which case they become part of the center’s educational programming provided to schools and scout troops.
“Wildlife is very intimidating to some people, and our hope is that the more people know, the more they will respect them, and also learn how to live with them,” Reccasina said.
Find out more about the center and the hospital here.
Sophie Lichtenstein is an intern at TAPinto Coral Springs and a junior at Pompano Beach High School who lives in Coral Springs.
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