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.
  2. Common Raven
    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.

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/​