Baby wild animals 'inundate' Arizona wildlife sanctuary

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Baby wild animals are being turned in to Arizona shelters at high rates this spring.

"Each year it seems we're more and more inundated," said Linda Searles of the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in North Scottsdale.

The non-profit is now home to baby bobcats, raccoons, coyotes, foxes, javelinas, and other newborns.

The bobcats are the most recent.  Someone dropped them off at the Arizona Humane Society in North Phoenix after finding them abandoned.

Searles says they're six to eight weeks old, and in good health, but she cautions people who find young wild animals against acting too quickly.

"Many times, mom is out hunting or just taking a break from them.  Let them stay where they are for a day or two, unless they're in trouble, and then call us to come check the situation out," she told 3TV.

Southwest Wildlife has a number of adult animals, including a unique leopard or jaguar mix named Leo, who used to perform in Las Vegas, and then nearly died at a zoo.

The Center's main goal, however, is to rehab young animals until they become healthy enough to be released back into the wild.

To avoid too much human contact, foster adult animals take over care for the most part.

Southwest Wildlife sits on 10 acres near Dynamite and 156th Street in North Scottsdale, and is funded entirely by the public.   Visitors and tour groups are welcome. 

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