Wildlife Hospital

Ill or Injured Birds

If you find an ill or injured bird of prey, please read the information below or call us at (636) 861-1392.

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What You Should Do

When attempting to capture an injured bird of prey for transport, be extremely cautious of their feet and talons. Wear gloves and cover the bird with a thick blanket and place it immediately in a pet carrier or cardboard box that can be closed securely. Do not attempt to care for the bird yourself. Bring it immediately to a Wildlife Hospital.

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About the Hospital

In 2005, WBS officially opened the doors to the Wildlife Hospital. Through the years WBS has been called upon by many government agencies to assist in the rescue and relocation of smuggled and confiscated animals.

The Wildlife Hospital provided the World Bird Sanctuary with its first state-of-the-art facility, in which to conduct a valuable aspect of its mission - rehabilitation. Treating over 300 patients each year, this building greatly enhances our rehabilitation efforts.  The World Bird Sanctuary's active program to assist distressed raptors from Missouri and throughout the U.S. is run by volunteer veterinarians and an experienced rehabilitation staff, assisted by volunteers and interns. These dedicated individuals release as many raptors as possible back into the wild to live out their natural lives. In addition, our Parrot rehabilitation and placement program has allowed us to treat and place over 900 parrots, since its inception in 1977.

Treatment & Care

The rehabilitation of a single injured bird of prey costs up to $1000. Over 300 patients are treated each year at the Wildlife Hospital. The staff at the Wildlife Hospital begin the treatment of an injured bird of prey by stabilizing the condition in order to counter the effects of shock and stress caused by the injury. After the bird’s condition is stable, the bird receives additional medical care from local charitable veterinarians.  Tube feedings, daily medication, topical antibiotic applications and re-dressing of wounds are some of the daily treatments given.

Preparing for a Release

After the bird of prey is phyically well a program of physical conditioning begins. This often involves manipulation of the wings and feet to strengthen and stetch atropied muscles. The bird of prey is placed in a large flight cage that allows for flying long distances. Flying a bird of prey on a long nylon line in an open field is often used as well.

Want to Help?

The Wildlife Hospital is entirely funded by donations from the public. Help us give our patients a second chance to fly.
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Questions about the Wildlife Hospital? Call: (636) 861-1392 or email: rehab@worldbirdsanctuary.org