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A white-throated kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis perpulchra) at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah.

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A white-throated kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis perpulchra) at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah.

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An Eastern screech owl (Megascops asio naevius) at the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue.

This owl was hit by car and only has vision in one eye.

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An Eastern screech owl (Megascops asio naevius) at the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue.

This owl was hit by car and only has vision in one eye.

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An Eastern screech owl (Megascops asio naevius) at the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue.

This owl was hit by car and only has vision in one eye.

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In early May, this beautiful barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) arrived at the Iowa Bird Rehabilitation with a bad shoulder. This type of injury typically heals poorly, especially with migratory birds and aerial insectivores. While it’s unknown how the bird was hurt, most likely she had just returned to Iowa after spending the winter in Central and South America, and was preparing to nest and raise young in Iowa for the summer.

One of the most acrobatic of all North American bird species, barn swallows feed on insects almost exclusively in flight, so perfect wings are essential for their survival.

After 3 months in rehabilitation, she was finally well enough to be released in mid-August, and is flying free again! Hopefully she will feed well in the Iowa skies and gain some strength over the next few weeks before starting the long journey back south for the winter.

Iowa Bird Rehabilitation (IBR) admits all types of birds year round, from tiny hummingbirds to giant pelicans and everything in between. As word spreads of the work they do, their patient numbers have increased, in 2018 IBR expects to take in around 600 birds. The work is all volunteer and they receive no state or federal funding. The goal is simple but challenging: to rehabilitate and release all wild birds that come in.

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In early May, this beautiful barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) arrived at the Iowa Bird Rehabilitation with a bad shoulder. This type of injury typically heals poorly, especially with migratory birds and aerial insectivores. While it’s unknown how the bird was hurt, most likely she had just returned to Iowa after spending the winter in Central and South America, and was preparing to nest and raise young in Iowa for the summer.

One of the most acrobatic of all North American bird species, barn swallows feed on insects almost exclusively in flight, so perfect wings are essential for their survival.

After 3 months in rehabilitation, she was finally well enough to be released in mid-August, and is flying free again! Hopefully she will feed well in the Iowa skies and gain some strength over the next few weeks before starting the long journey back south for the winter.

Iowa Bird Rehabilitation (IBR) admits all types of birds year round, from tiny hummingbirds to giant pelicans and everything in between. As word spreads of the work they do, their patient numbers have increased, in 2018 IBR expects to take in around 600 birds. The work is all volunteer and they receive no state or federal funding. The goal is simple but challenging: to rehabilitate and release all wild birds that come in.

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A koala named ‘Poseidon’, recovers at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital from a dog attack.

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A broken wing is treated by a veterinarian at the Australia Zoo in Queensland, Australia.

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Harley the federally threatened koala recovers from two broken legs at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in Queensland. He was hit by a car, which is a common occurrence with koalas and fatal for many.

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Mangled terribly after being attacked by a dog, Bruzer the koala slowly makes a comeback at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

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A young male California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) that was injured severely in the wild after being entangled in discarded ropes and garbage in the sea.

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Hit-and-run victims on Florida’s busy waterways, injured manatees maintain vital buoyancy only with the aid of inflatable wet suits at Orlando’s Sea World.

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A geometrid moth (with a damaged wing) on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea.

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A live monitor lizard (Varanus niloticus) in the market in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Africa.

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A live monitor lizard (Varanus niloticus) in the market in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Africa.

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A great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) at the New York State Zoo.

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A great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) at the New York State Zoo.

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A great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) at the New York State Zoo.

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A great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) at the New York State Zoo.

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A great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) at the New York State Zoo.

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A great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) at the New York State Zoo.

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A great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) at the New York State Zoo.

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A great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) at the New York State Zoo.

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A great grey owl (Strix nebulosa) at the New York State Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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