SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Megan Mosby, Liberty Wildlife's Executive Director said it's been raining babies this year at the wildlife rehabilitation center. Mosby said the windy spring has caused many young birds to fall from nests where people find them.
While it's best to return baby birds to the nest when possible, many people have been bringing them to Liberty, hoping the nonprofit facility can give them the help they need to return to the wild.
Volunteers are constantly feeding young grackles, gila wood peckers, killdeer and a host of other hard luck newborns that have little chance of making it on their own. Liberty also has a huge number of baby quail that have become separated from their covey.
Mosby said the center also has a large number of quail eggs that probably should have been left where found but now must be warmed until they hatch.
Among the more than 1,500 injured and orphaned animals Liberty has taken in this year are two round tail ground squirrels, a tank full of baby tortoises, and a cage with four or five young bunnies.
Megan McCallister brought a young rabbit to Liberty after finding it splashing around in her backyard swimming pool. It'll join the other wild tots in a healing journey that will hopefully lead back to life in the wild, where Mother Nature intended the babies to be.
Liberty Wildlife depends on donations and volunteers to help the animals brought to them heal and be returned to the wild. If you'd like to help, give them a call at 480-998-5550 or check out their website at Libertywildlife.org.