Siouxland Wildlife Displaced by Flood Waters

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Mapleton, IA (ABC9)- Becky Weber is the “raccoon lady” for the Wildlife Lodge and Clinic. The 100% volunteer organization takes animals of all kinds into their own homes to nurse them back to health, and then eventually release them into their natural habitat.
“I look at the animals I take in as patients. I don’t look at them as pets. From the moment they’re brought into our care, their continued care is geared towards teaching them how to live back in the wild,” Weber said. 
Flooding in the Siouxland area has displaced so much wildlife, the clinic has been extremely busy.
“We’ve had 21 come in, in record time this year. They’ve been flooded out, and they’ve now become homeless and they don’t know where to go,” Weber added.
The clinic will take all kinds of animals from birds to mammals, but wants to remind the public to make sure the critter really is orphaned or injured first. Give it time. Sometimes the mother has just ventured off and will return. But, if it is in need they are happy to help.
The Wildlife Lodge and Clinic doesn’t want you to think you can do this at home. First off, it is illegal. And they can be dangerous animals. If you have a wild animal they want you to contact them or check their website.


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