Freedom Friday: Pool cage hawk

Ever wonder why they call them pool “cages”?  This Coopers hawk could probably tell you.  It is not uncommon for The Wildlife Center of Venice to get call for owls, hawks or even ospreys that are trapped inside a pool lanai.    This usually happens when a bird of prey sees a gecko crawling across the screen and goes in for the kill, breaks through a screen panel and can’t find it’s way out.   Our rescuers love this particular type of rescue.  Sometimes hawks are hard enough to catch without the “water hazard” of a pool complicating things, but when our rescuers are able to grab them, these birds of prey are often uninjured and able to be released on site which is the best case scenario.  Anytime that we can omit the costly “Rehab” step out of our mantra of “Rescue, Rehab, and Release”, we chalk it up as a big win at WCV.

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Freedom Friday, Ibis Release

Think you had a bad day?  This ibis was found floating lifeless in a pond (which is kinda weird because they don’t swim) in a pond.  When our rescuers were able to scoop him out of the water, they realized he was covered in fire ants.   Only took a couple of weeks of rehab at WCV and he was ready to be reunited with his crew which you can see at the bottom right at the beginning of the video.

Have a great weekend and thanks for checking out what we do!!


At the Wildlife Center of Venice (501c3 Non-Profit), we are committed to the preservation, rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in our local community.  We service all of Sarasota and West Charlotte counties in the State of Florida. We work hard each day to uphold these values, but we need each and every one of you to help us in this noble cause.