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Tucson Wildlife Center inundated with animals due to heat

Posted at 4:01 PM, Jun 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 20:43:57-04

The Tucson Wildlife Center has been inundated with requests animals because of the heat.

In the last two days, the center has received more than 200 telephone calls from southern Arizona residents concerned about birds and mammals they are finding around their homes and places of work, according to a media release from Tucson Wildlife Center.
The center is the only rehabilitator in southern Arizona who can handle this volume of animals.
On average, Tucson Wildlife Center takes in a dozen or so animals a day. Staff, veterinarians, and volunteers have been triaging three times that many in the past couple of days.
Many of those animals are being affected by Tucson’s high temperatures which are expected to rise in the next few days, according to the media release.
Some animal are seeking relief from the heat in swimming pools.
The center has had five pool-related calls this week. Three animals drowned and two survived and are in the care of the center.
Anyone who is concerned that an animal may be injured or in distress should call Tucson Wildlife Center at 520-290-WILD (9453).