Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana

Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana


Random question-
I've always heard that you can distinguish feline tracks from canine tracks based on if there is a claw mark or not.
But are there times when the claw marks aren't visible in a canine print?

Like if they're running vs walking very slow or they're injured or if it's really muddy...etc...????

Trying to help a friend determine what is getting her chickens based on the tracks she found
One has no claw marks but the other two prints clearly do.
Same area so we assume same animal

The Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine promotes conservation through veterinary medicine, research, and education.

Operating as usual

Photos from Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana's post 05/23/2022

Happy #medicalmonday! We hope everyone had a great weekend! Our last post on #featherfriday explained how important getting some vitamin D is for our raptors and humans! And with our new medical knowledge from last week we can understand a bit more about what radiographs, or x-rays, look like! Below you will see two x-rays of the kidneys in the dog and the cat. It is here in the kidney where vitamin d gets activated!

So why does vitamin D help so much with our bone health? Great question! Our bones are made up of two very important elements, Calcium and Phosphorus! These allow the bones and muscles in our bodies to remain strong and healthy! Vitamin D is VERY important to help the body absorb calcium. When vitamin D is activated in the kidney, it will signal to our gut to absorb more calcium so that it can go to our bones! Though dogs and cats cannot synthesize their own vitamin D through their skin like humans and birds and reptiles can, going on a walk with your pet will help them exercise and help you create some vitamin D to keep you healthy and strong!

#lsusvm #weteach #weheal #onehealth


It's a BIRD.....its a PLANE....it's..... #FeatherFriday! Well, its actually a bird! Specifically our Red Tail Hawk resident, Scarlett! She is enjoying the beautiful weather by taking a walk outside with one of our co-chairs! Going for walks is a great form of enrichment our co-chairs try to utilize often! It allows our residents to interact with the environment with almost all of their senses! One of the many reasons why getting some sunshine is important is because it helps our bodies synthesize vitamin D! Did you know dogs and cats do not synthesize vitamin D from the sun? For dogs and cats, it is required to receive all of their vitamin D through their diet! Thankfully, humans and birds are alike in the fact that by enjoying some beautiful sunshine outside, our body gain those essential vitamins!

Photos from Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana's post 05/18/2022

Happy #WildlifeWednesday!!! We have very exciting news to share, the Sustainability and Environmental Awareness committee set up their first apiary today! What is an apiary you say? An apiary is a place where honeybees are kept! The committee set up Italian Honey Bees in attempts to educate the DVM students the future of bee medicine! Honeybees now fall into veterinarians' hands because of the VFD rule and changes in FDA policy on medically important antimicrobials. In the photos we can see Matthew Criscione and Jessica Murgatroyd setting up the apiary. A lot goes into planning of the placement of honeybees. Stay tuned to learn more about what they have planned in the future! To learn more please visit:

Photos from Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana's post 05/16/2022

Hi everyone! Today, we are going to begin a new segment called, #MedicalMonday! Since we are a teaching hospital, we think it will be very exciting to educate the community about all things related to the hospital! Let's begin our first post by showing off one of the coolest medical devices - the x-ray machine! These machines are incredible, as they allow us to visualize aspects of the anatomy of our patients that we otherwise would not be able to see.

In the hospital, we refer to "x-rays" as "radiographs"! The production of x-rays is quite fascinating, but what is important to understand for today's #MedicalMonday post are the different colors that you can see on a radiograph!

In short, thick, dense, and hard material that the electromagnetic radiation (i.e., the x-rays!) cannot pass through will appear as white/bright colors on the film! We refer to these colors as radiopaque. An example of a radiopaque structure on the radiograph is bone! Bone is very dense, and the rays cannot pass through it, which causes the film to produce a lighter color!

In contrast, thin, soft tissue and liquid-like structures will produce a darker color since these structures are less dense and the rays can pass through! We refer to these colors are radiolucent! Examples of radiolucent structures include soft tissue, eyes, and muscles.

Below we have attached a radiograph of a raptor from the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Can you guess what type of raptor this is? Look at some soft tissue structures to help you out....

We also attached a radiograph of a chameleon! Check out how incredible their anatomy is!

Photos from Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana's post 05/14/2022

Today, Raptor Co-Chairs Camryn Leavitt, Shelby Parks, and Maryella Cohn presented our education raptors at Explore Nature in Denham Springs! Thank you, Purple Martin Conservation Initiative, for inviting us to this incredible event!



Happy #FeatherFridayThe13th everyone! On this spooky day, we wanted to show off our spookiest resident, Sheldon the great horned owl! Fortunately for you, we predict that only good luck is to come from seeing photos of this feisty resident!

Photos from Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana's post 05/11/2022

Today we want to celebrate a very special day - happy #AdmittedDay to our sweet broad-winged hawk, Cricket! On this day 8 years ago (2014), Cricket was admitted into the Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana. She presented to the hospital with a fractured right radius and ulna. Following surgery, a large callous formed (a normal process in fracture healing) on her bone which limited her range of motion in that wing. In the summer of 2020, Cricket had her right eye removed due to glaucoma that had potential malignancy.

Over the years, Cricket has always been a fan favorite at presentations! But recently, she has retired from her career as an education raptor, and she spends her days enjoying sunshine in her outdoor enclosure. Please enjoy these photos of Cricket throughout the years, starting from the time she was first photographed as a resident to one of her last presentations in October of 2021! Although her appearance has changed as she's aged, she is still the same timid bird that has touched the lives of so many members of our community. Cricket continues to be a favorite amongst the co-chairs!

#LSUSVM #LSU #WeTeach #WeHeal

Photos from Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana's post 05/09/2022

Happy #Mothersmonday! We hope everyone had a great #mothersday yesterday and were able to spend it with their loved ones! Interestingly enough, raptors and other amazing wildlife are fantastic mothers as well! In addition to building a nest, these moms spend countless hours protecting their eggs! Daylight length, or photoperiod, strongly influences hormone production in birds and will determine their behavior during breeding season!

As you may know, birds lay their eggs in the nest and will sit on them for weeks at a time (durations vary according to species!). They do this to keep the eggs warm at a certain temperature. Like other animals, temperature plays a crucial role in the development of a fetus, even those in eggs!
Below are some photos of some amazing raptors taking care of their future family!

Photos from Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana's post 05/06/2022

Happy #FeatherFriday! We all remember our sweet Resident, Cricket? Well, she has been enjoying the outside since it has been so nice out! When she lives outside, Cricket lives in a spacious mew where turf covers the gravel ground. She has several low perches that Cricket loves to take advantage of! Turf mats are a very important component into the care of our raptors at the SVM. Not only do they help the feet of the raptors who are healing by providing a welcoming cushion, they offer a very easy clean up, which our raptor co-chairs do often! Sanitation and cleanliness is a very important concept in Wildlife Management to understand. Wildlife have the potential to carry lots of different pathogens. Since wildlife hospitals are often overwhelmed with numerous patients, a fast, EFFECTIVE way to clean the housing quarters of the patients makes all the difference!

Newspaper is also a FANTASTIC liner for the medical wards for the patients as it absorbs a lot of liquid and provides a very easy and effective clean up. The wildlife hospital is ALWAYS accepting donations of newspapers!!! Please do not toss them after reading and please consider donating them to the hospital! Our donations are always appreciated and goes a long way.

We hope you enjoy your weekend!


Photos from Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana's post 05/04/2022

Happy #WildlifeWednesday AND #MayThe4thBeWithYou!!! For all of our wildlife and Star Wars fans out there, we have a very fun fact for you! Wildlife is incorporated into our lives in ways we are unaware of!

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, do you remember the "Porgs" that were puffin-like creatures that became friends with Chewbacca? They were the creatures with the plump, beakless bodies! Jake Lunt Davies, the man who created the Porgs, became inspired after seeing many wildlife after a visit to Ireland! Porgs are the mixture of three animals he saw most on his trip: A seal, a pug dog, and the puffin! Wildlife is incorporated into our lives and many of our favorite movies!

We hope you enjoyed that fun fact and hope you all have a great Star Wars day! May the 4th be with you!

Photos from Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana's post 05/02/2022

Happy #MeetTheCoChairs Monday everyone! Today, we'll be wrapping up these posts since we've had the opportunity to introduce you to all of our current co-chairs! Our co-chairs from the Class of 2024 consist of Aspen Settle, Camryn Leavitt, Shelby Parks, Matthew Criscione, Lillian Smith, and Christian Fortner. Our co-chairs from the Class of 2025 consist of Maryella Cohn, Katherine Dodick, Patrik Rollefson, and Nikkie Torres.

Our team is incredibly dedicated to the care of these animals, and we are excited to have such an amazing team of veterinary students. We recently had a mini photoshoot with the co-chairs and their favorite resident to work with!

We want to extend a huge thank you to our team, as we wouldn't be able to do this work without them!

#LSU #LSUSVM #WeTeach #WeHeal

Photos from Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana's post 04/29/2022

Happy #FeatherFriday!!! Today we are featuring one of the most beautiful residents at the LSU SVM, Sheldon! Sheldon is a Great Horned Owl, also known as the tiger owl, or the hoot owl and is an incredible bird. Great Horned Owls are one of the most widely distributed birds across the Americas! Their scientific name is Bubo virginianus. You can find Great Horned Owls in forests, canyons, and clearings! Did you know owls rely on their hearing as their most valuable sense to hunt their prey? Our favorite fun fact about owls is their ability to fly completely silent... and Great Horned Animals have been clocked flying max speed at 40mph!
Sheldon has been doing a great job and we are proud of his progress!

Photos from Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana's post 04/27/2022

For this week’s #WildlifeWednesday, we’ll be featuring the Eastern grey squirrel!

Now you may be wondering… what’s so interesting about a squirrel? They’re super common and, chances are, you might find them a bit of a nuisance! But, these animals are actually pretty important in the ecosystem! You’ve probably seen a squirrel bury a seed or nut in the ground. This behavior is called caching, which means “to place”. Often times, the squirrel will eventually dig them up to eat; however, nuts and seeds that squirrels fail to relocate have effectively become planted! Thus, squirrels help play a role in maintaining plant populations within the ecosystem!

Squirrels are also important within the food chain. These animals are an easy target for several larger carnivores, such as owls, hawks, snakes, foxes, and bobcats! The presence of squirrels is often necessary to help maintain the population of these carnivores, and the presences of these carnivores is necessary to help control the squirrel population!

A unique fact about squirrels is that they actually help truffles survive! Mushrooms grow above ground, so their spores are able to be spread by wind; truffles, however, grow underground, so their spores cannot be easily transmitted. As a result, they rely heavily on animals like squirrels. This is because squirrels will dig them up, eat them, and then defecate the spore back into the environment! So, the next time you eat an edible North American truffle, be sure to thank a grey squirrel!

The Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana frequently treats Eastern grey squirrels. If you would like to contribute to the care of these animals and other wildlife, please consider making a donation at the link below - we’d greatly appreciate it!


#LSUVetMed #WeHeal #WeTeach #OneHealth #WildlifeWednesday #LSU #LSUSVM

If you have an urgent question about injured or orphaned wildlife, please call us at 225-578-9600.

Photos from Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana's post 04/25/2022

Happy #meetthecochairmonday!
Did you go to LSU day? If so, you may have seen the Raptor Rehab crew presenting some of the amazing residents. Aspen, Camryn, Lilly, and Matthew came out to educate the public and legislators about the wonderful wildlife that are found in Louisiana. The Raptor Rehabilitation crew often do outreach programs to teach and educate about the wonderful raptors the WHL see. The raptors that were brought to the capital are:
- Gidget: American Kestrel
- Sheldon: Great Horned Owl
- Waffle: Barred Owl
- Scarlett: Redtail Hawk
- Burreaux: Mississippi Kite

We hope to see you at the next event!

Photos from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's post 04/24/2022

Photos from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's post

Photos from Wildlife Hospital of Louisiana's post 04/22/2022

Happy #FeatherFriday everyone! A couple weeks ago, Raptor Co-chairs Camryn Leavitt, Christian Fortner, and Katherine Dodick had the chance to speak to a group of first graders at Episcopal School of Baton Rouge! This event was particularly exciting, as this was the first presentation our newest resident, Sheldon the great horned owl, attended!

Sheldon was named in honor of Dr. Warren Sheldon Bivin, who was the first faculty member hired to teach in the new LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 1973. He also initiated a program for exotic animal medicine at the LSU SVM. Furthermore, he initiated the Raptor Rehabilitation Unit for injured birds of prey! Dr. Bivin passed away in September of 2021. However, his memory lives on, and we are happy to honor his legacy through our residents.


Photos from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's post 04/20/2022

Photos from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's post


Happy #WildlifeWednesday everyone! In honor of Earth Day this week, we wanted to share some resources about ways you can help wildlife and the Earth!

Ever wanted to learn how to make a homemade bird feeder? Here's a great resource from the National Audubon Society!

Have some extra wood pallets, tiles, and plastic bottles lying around? Here's a fun way to turn that into a "bug hotel" for insects!

Interested in finding ways to use less plastic? Check out these tips and ideas!

These are just a few ideas to get you on the right track to reducing, reusing, and recycling! ♻️🌿 The internet is FULL of ways to help protect the Earth and wildlife! Just make sure you're getting your information and ideas from reliable sources, such as the National Audubon Society or other wildlife conservation organizations. While some projects may have good intentions, they could potentially do more harm than good! So it's important to make sure the information and ideas you find are reliable!

#LSU #LSUSVM #WeTeach #WeHeal

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