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August 25, 2001

Good Samaritans to the rescue

Baby beaver saved by passer-by ends up at IBRRC

A motorist in Benicia saw what he thought was a cat, stumbling on the side of the road. However, when he slowed down to get a closer look, he saw it was a beaver. He knew a local organization took in aquatic animals and figuring the animal was aquatic he drove it to International Bird Rescue Research Center, which specializes in aquatic waterfowl.

Rehabilitation manager, Coleen Doucette, was used to raising orphan baby beavers because she recently relocated to California from Maine. "We didn't know if he would make it," she said, "he was very dehydrated and hadn't eaten for a long time. Our vet gave him fluids and we put him on an old fur coat for comfort. He has a long road to recovery before he can be released."

The staff, used to only seeing birds, is excited to have this unusual baby, who is bringing lots of smiles to everyone who is lucky to be around at bottle feeding time.

The center, which recently relocated from Berkeley to the edge of Suisun marsh, specializes in rehabilitating oiled, injured and orphaned waterfowl, but is also licensed to care for animals like beavers, otters and turtles. Presently they are caring for 40 endangered brown pelicans that are victims of fishing line/hook injuries.

Volunteers are needed at the center and a volunteer orientation will be held Saturday, September 1st. Anyone interested in helping should call 707/207-0380 for more information.

Media contact:

Karen Benzel

Office: (831) 622-7588

E-mail: karen@ibrrc.org


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