Boz, the Hooded Oriole.

When a young Hooded Oriole became unable to survive in the wild due to poor nutrition and a heavy parasite load, Project Wildlife, a program of San Diego Humane Society, intervened with the meticulous care needed to rehabilitate this local bird.

The Hooded Oriole was in such a weakened state, caregivers were not sure he would pull through, but they still went right to work. It took a lengthy period of time to administer the rich diet and quiet rest this bird needed to become healthy enough to molt his bad feathers and grow new ones. From there, he was placed in an aviary to strengthen his flight muscles and prepare for his return to the wild.

Rehabilitators invested a considerable amount of effort and time getting this one tiny bird ready for release back into his natural habitat. But that is the magnitude of Project Wildlife’s commitment to healing sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in the San Diego region.

Last year alone, Project Wildlife came to the rescue of more than 10,300 patients. Young animals in particular, like this juvenile Hooded Oriole, are especially common during “baby season” – the time of year in which orphaned wildlife become abandoned or endangered in San Diego. On average, Project Wildlife receives over 300 patients every week during baby season. Thanks to this special organization – the only one of its kind in Southern California – each one of these vulnerable patients receives the triage and expert care they desperately need.

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