Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Power-hungry Washington's soft spot for wounded wildlife

Washington (AFP) - Washington is synonymous with power, majestic buildings and ruthless ambition. But it also has a cuddly side, nurturing orphaned baby squirrels and lame turtles.

City Wildlife, which opened a year ago, is the US capital's first clinic to tend to injured wildlife.

Director Alicia DeMay, a former veterinary assistant, explained that the privately funded facility can look after 1,500 animals a year, and at times has up to 300 patients in house at one time.

"She came in cold and wet," DeMay says, standing in front of a cage with a female baby squirrel, rescued after it fell out of a tree.

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