Where the (Injured) Wild Things Were

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Given that a group of owls is called a parliament, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine should have passed all sorts of legislation in 2018. Its veterinarians saw an unprecedented 172 barred owls last year—along with 31 great-horned owls, 29 eastern screech owls, 19 snowy owls, and 6 northern saw-whet owls.The year 2018 was again an extremely busy one for Tufts Wildlife Clinic, said Cassandra Holden, who manages the intake of wild patients at Cummings School. For the third year running, Tufts Wildlife Clinic saw a record number of wildlife cases, treating a total of 4,211 patients in 2018—an increase of 13 percent over the previous year’s caseload. Many creatures required care from the clinic, including a murder of crows, a knot of snakes, a skulk of foxes, and a fluffle of rabbits.
Patients brought in by good Samaritans, police and animal control officers, and state wildlife officials in 2018 reflected the following diverse species. Animals seen at the Tufts Wildlife Clinic are treated without charge.
AMONG THE 1,758 MAMMALS
795 eastern cottontail rabbits318 eastern gray squirrels196 Virginia opossums77 eastern chipmunks20 North American porcupines17 red foxes15 flying squirrels (southern and northern)8 fishers8 weasels (long-tailed and short-tailed)7 American black bears6 eastern coyotes5 common muskrats4 bobcats4 North American beavers3 gray foxes1 American red squirrel1 American mink
AMONG THE 2,228 BIRDS
223 American robins172 barred owls142 red-tailed hawks60 American crows54 Cooper’s hawks31 great-horned owls30 northern cardinals29 eastern screech owls29 broad-winged hawks21 great blue herons21 downy woodpeckers19 snowy owls17 ruby-throated hummingbirds12 peregrine falcons11 American kestrels11 red-shouldered hawks9 bald eagles6 northern saw-whet owls3 common loons2 great egrets
AMONG THE 176 REPTILES
63 painted turtles31 common snapping turtles24 diamondback terrapins17 common garter snakes6 Blanding’s turtles4 eastern box turtles4 spotted turtles3 striped skinks3 northern water snakes3 eastern milk snakes1 Dekay’s brown snake1 northern red-bellied cooter1 wood turtle1 spiny softshell turtle1 common musk turtle
AMONG THE 7 AMPHIBIANS
4 American toads2 green frogs1 gray treefrog 
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