FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
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Mckinlee Coffelt, 2, center left, is lifted up by her mother, Jillian, so she can have a better view of a Red-Tailed Hawk during the 22nd Annual Baby Animal Shower at the Suisun Wildlife Center in Suisun City, Saturday. Visitors had the opportunity to see the baby bird nursery and the education wing. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

Solano County

Resident wildlife charm visitors at Suisun center

By From page A4 | June 08, 2014

SUISUN CITY — Slim the gopher snake and Pogo the opossum helped greet guests at the Suisun Wildlife Rescue Center’s annual baby shower Saturday.

With a collection of gifts forming at the door, visitors got a close look at some of the resident animals while the rescue center prepared for the newcomers.

“The baby shower is all about having the community come out and help us with our spring babies,” said Monique Liguori, executive director.

An abundance of raccoons, squirrels and jack rabbits have arrived at the rescue center, which places the baby mammals at foster homes until they are weaned off formula. Liguori said the center has also received a number of song birds and birds of prey. She said the babies are often orphans that fell from nests or trees.

“They are definitely coming in – it’s that time of year that we have babies,” Liguori said.

The rescue center uses donated goods to aid in its effort to treat and release wildlife. The shower brought in necessities such as paper towels and bleach and vittles such as apples and grapes. Liguori said the center’s wish list includes nuts in a shell for the squirrels and raccoons, and flannel baby blankets for use at the temporary foster homes.

“If folks bring us these things we don’t have to spend the money to buy them,” she said.

But the shower wasn’t all about the presents, it was also a chance for the community to learn about the animals. Volunteers hosted presentations on some of the resident wildlife, such as Pogo the oppossum, and offered children’s activities that included constructing a bird feeder using a pine cone, peanut butter and feed.

Several guests paused to watch Kaiu, the resident coyote, pace around his cage. The 8-year-old animal had lost an eye in a car accident and found a permanent home at the center in 2009.

Jack McQuiston, 5, of Travis Air Force Base, liked seeing the coyote but said he was also a fan of “all bad animals . . . good snakes, bad snakes.”

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Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.
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