Don Culpepper Reports On Wildlife Crisis

Tammy Carson of Biloxi doesn't need a rubber duck.

"Yes, I have a duck swimming in my bath tub," says Carson.

As a rehabilitation specialist with the Wildlife Care and Rescue Center in Woolmarket she's often brought work home with her in the past. Now her home is one of the only homes for the same wild animals she's sheltered and cared for at the Rescue Center.

"Oh yeah. I had a lady show up at my house 2 days ago," says Carson. "She said I've got a baby squirrel. What do I do with it? Give it to me," I said.

Her guest list has grown to include mice, possums, a red tail hawk, and a crow. All former residents of the Hurricane ravaged Center.

"Right now we have no way to rebuild it. But we need food for the animals. We need cages for them. Medical supplies, office supplies, so we can keep track of our records of the animals we're getting in still."

And with those additional animals comes additional pressure for the wildlife volunteers to find supplies and funds to keep their work going.

"The donations that we get in by people who brought in animals or have heard about us through the grapevine have sent money to us and that's just wonderful the help we're getting. But unfortunately it's not enough. We have to rebuild our whole center."

Tammy says they understand the need to put people first in disaster situations like this. But she also understands that these survivors, like their human counterparts, represent part of the gulf coast's renewal.

"All the babies that should be out here running around in the trees and eating the pine cones and acorns off the ground didn't survive."

Which makes these survivors also the next generation.

by Don Culpepper.