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09/28/02

Animals Rescued After Isidore

Isidore's fury left a lot of animals injured and homeless. After the storm, Biloxi's Wildlife Care and Rescue Center, was receiving about one call every three minutes from people who noticed wild animals were in need.

Shortly after the storm past through here, the phones started to ring, with calls to come rescue animals injured or displaced because of Isidore.

"What we're basically doing is trying to give them a little more chance here, by keeping them a few days longer. This little guy here is a marsh terrapin, or a diamond back terrapin, and he was washed out of the marsh area in somebody's yard," Wildlife Care & Rescue director, Alison Sharpe.

"We've kind of gotten a run on these little guys here, this is a little flying squirrel and he's still a little youngster, we'll keep him for a probably for a couple more weeks before he can be released," Sharpe said.

The storm has already put stress on animals like these marsh birds. You should only touch the animal to put it in a proper container.

"Cardboard boxes such as a shoe box with air ventilation holes is the best thing, you can put some paper in their for padding, to keep these guys nice and warm. This is a baby squirrel that obviously came out of a nest that was blown down," Sharpe said.

After restoring the animals to good health, they're released back into nature. Sharpe says this creates a feeling of sadness but also a feeling of excitement. Giving nature a second chance gives her a tremendous feeling of accomplishment.

Saturday at Hillar park she released two rehabilitated birds back into the wild.

"And that's what it's all about, rescue and release. It really nice to see these guys being released back into their environment because you know you are making a difference," Sharpe said.

If your thinking of keeping a wild animal you find, it's against the law.

"It is actually against the law for people to have wildlife in their position. All wildlife in Mississippi is protected under state and federal laws," Sharpe said.

The Wildlife Care and Rescue center is a non-profit organization that takes in as many as 1,000 animals a year. If you would like to volunteer or donate to the center, they can be reached at 436-9346.

By Nathan Mihelich

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