Meet Our Wild Residents

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  1. Common Raven
    Bart (Common Raven): Bart came to YWS after a wing injury that resulted in a partial amputation. Diet in Wild:(Omnivore) Carrion, small animals, birds, insects, dung, and grains. Diet at YWS: To fulfill the ravens’ nutritional needs, we provide them with appropriate meats, dog kibble, fruits, and vegetables. Life Expectancy Wild/ Captivity: 10-15 years in the wild. In captivity, they can live upwards of 70 years. Interesting Facts: Ravens are known to “hide & save” their food for later consumption in various locations. If you watch closely, you can see ravens using tools (sticks) to cover their food from others. Ravens also have 33 categories of vocalizations based on sound and contact.
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    Lisa (Common Raven): Lisa suffered a severe wing injury that lead to her losing one of her wings. Because she can't fly, she was brought to YWS to live with Edgar and Allen. Diet in Wild:(Omnivore) Carrion, small animals, birds, insects, dung, and grains. Diet at YWS: To fulfill the ravens’ nutritional needs, we provide them with appropriate meats, dog kibble, fruits, and vegetables. Life Expectancy Wild/ Captivity: 10-15 years in the wild. In captivity, they can live upwards of 70 years. Interesting Facts: Ravens are known to “hide & save” their food for later consumption in various locations.
  3. Raccoon
    Meeka (Raccoon): This three-legged girl is one cute rascal! Meeka was found by an individual who noticed she was orphaned with a broken leg. Unfortunately her leg couldn't be healed and had to be amputated. She was brought up in the individuals home until they realized she was too wild to be a domestic pet in their house. She was relocated to YWS in January of 2017. Diet in Wild:(Omnivore) Fruits, plants, nuts, berries, rodents, frogs, & eggs. They are opportunistic feeders. Diet at YWS: We provide her with appropriate meats, dog kibble, fruits, and vegetables. Life Expectancy: Wild/ 2-3 years Captivity/ upwards of 20 years. Interesting Facts: Raccoons are great swimmers and can run up to 15 miles per hour.
  4. Western Screech Owl
    Gimli (Western Screech Owl): Gimli was relocated to YWS in May 2017 from Ironside Bird Rescue in Cody, Wy. Gimli was hit by a vehicle, damaging his lower beak and left eye. Though he can fly, his missing eye prevents him from being able to successfully hunt. Diet in Wild:(Carnivore) They eat prey ranging from worms to small mammals. Diet at YWS: To fulfill the Gimli’s nutritional needs, we give him 30-50 grams of mice or suitable prey daily. Life Expectancy Wild/ Captivity: Up to 13 years in the wild. In captivity, they can live upwards of 19 years. Interesting Facts: These owls are cavity nesters however, they do not actually build nest. They simply use whatever material is in the cavity.
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    Fred (Ornate Box Turtle): Fred was a pet before coming to the sanctuary. You can tell Wilma and Fred apart by their shells. Hers is plain and his has yellow markings. Diet in Wild (Omnivores):Snails, insects, berries, fungi, slugs, worms, and flowers. Diet at YWS: We feed our box turtles protein, fruits, and vegetables. Interesting Fact: Box turtles have a hinged shell that can be completely shut tight when they feel threatened.
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    Wilma (Ornate Box Turtle): Wilma was a pet before coming to the sanctuary. You can tell Wilma and Fred apart by their shells. Hers is plain and his has yellow markings. Diet in Wild (Omnivores):Snails, insects, berries, fungi, slugs, worms, and flowers. Diet at YWS: We feed our box turtles protein, fruits, and vegetables. Interesting Fact: Box turtles are the longest-lived vertebrates other than some tortoises.They commonly live 100 years, and the oldest known specimen was at least 138 years old
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    Alice (Red-Eared Slider): Alice was a pet before red-eared sliders became illegal to own in Montana in 2014. Since we have the appropriate permits, she was given to us. Diet in the Wild (Omnivores): aquatic and semi-aquatic leafy greens, insects, tadpoles, and small fish. Diet at YWS: We feed Alice a mix of turtle pellets and leafy greens Interesting Fact: Red-eared sliders are on the IUCN list of 100 World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species. They cause problems for native Western painted turtles in Montana
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    Georgia (Red-Eared Slider): Georgia was a pet before red-eared sliders became illegal to own in Montana in 2014. Since we have the appropriate permits, she was given to us. Diet in the Wild (Omnivores): aquatic and semi-aquatic leafy greens, insects, tadpoles, and small fish. Diet at YWS: We feed Georgia a mixture of turtle pellets and leafy greans Interesting Fact: Red-eared sliders brumate during cold weather, a behavior similar to hibernation except that they wake up periodically to drink
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    Puddles (Loggerhead Musk Turtle): Puddles was a pet before coming to the sanctuary. Diet in the Wild(Omnivores): Snails, crayfish, fish, insects, and worms. They will also eat algae from rocks. Diet at YWS: We feed Puddles high-protein turtle pellets supplemented with vegetables Interesting Fact: Musk turtles release a foul-smelling liquid when threatened, kind of like a skunk. They also have powerful jaws, and can give you a painful bite.
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    Atlas (False Map Turtle): Atlas was a pet before coming to the sanctuary Diet in the Wild (Omnivores): Snails, freshwater mussels, insects, aquatic plants, and sometimes fish carrion. Diet at YWS: We feed Atlas high protein turtle pellets with leafy greens Interesting Fact: The lines on the top shell that give map turtles their name fade as the turtles get older

Love our feathered friends?

Many of the non-releasable birds that find sanctuary at YWS have been rescued by Ironside Bird Rescue in Cody, WY. To learn more about Ironside check out the Facebook page here or visit the Ironside Bird Recue blog at http://ironsidebirdrescue.blogspot.com/​ 
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