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.
Office: (831) 622-7588