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Review for Tucson Wildlife Center, Tucson, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My son found an injured young Gila woodpecker under a tree outside our fence. He called the Tucson Wildlife Center. The volunteer on the phones asked him a series of questions to make sure that the little one was actually injured and had not just fallen out of a nest. This was most important, since TWC tries to prevent mistaken "rescues" of young, uninjured fledglings who are still being cared for by their parents. Having determined that their staff should look at the little woodpecker, we put it in a box with soft protection around it and drove out to TWC. We were greeted warmly, the little one was whisked back to triage, and we filled a form with the information TWC needed. We were reassured that their rehab staff would take the very best care of our little foundling. Two weeks later, we were happily surprised by a phone call from TWC. They told us that our little woodpecker had been treated and had healed well, and that we were welcome to pick her up and put her back where we found her. She was given to us in a box with a little shelter box inside, where she was hiding. When we uncovered her at the initial rescue site, she didn't hesitate. She flew up into the tree above and began calling. We were so grateful to TWC for not only helping this little one but also for their caring, not just about her, but about our feelings, too. This was a win-win story.

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