Rancho Coastal Humane Society sets rescued baby chipmunks free

ENCINITAS (KUSI) – The first patient at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society‘s new San Diego Wildlife Center was a 3 week old baby chipmunk. Shortly after its arrival we received another chipmunk. Chipmunks don’t naturally live in San Diego County, the Rancho Coastal Humane Society believes that people caught them, then brought them here to keep as pets only to learn that chipmunks are wild animals.

The picture featured above is what the chipmunk looked like when it first arrived at Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Their veterinarians are feeding the baby chipmunk through a syringe.

Rancho Coastal Human Society posted a series of YouTube videos of the chipmunks that you can watch below.

The complete press release from the Rancho Coastal Human Society can be read here:

The first true patient at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s (RCHS) new San Diego Wildlife Center (SDWC) was a three week old, baby chipmunk who appeared to have been abandoned in Carlsbad. She was later joined by another baby chipmunk. Today they were both released back into nature in Idylwild.

A 3-week-old baby Merriam’s Chipmunk arrived at the Wildlife Center at 2380 Camino Vida Roble in Carlsbad less than 48 hours after the after it opened in early May. SDWC Director Trish Jackman recalls, “The chipmunk was found on the sidewalk at the County Department of Animal Services (DAS) in Carlsbad. It was thirsty, but in good condition.”

Later, another baby, female chipmunk was rescued and taken to SDWC. Jackman says, “It’s important to remember that this is wildlife. They’re not pets. From the moment they arrived our goals were to give them the medical care and attention they needed and make sure they could survive in their natural environment.”

Jackman believes that the chipmunks were caught by people intending to keep them as pets. But when they got home, they realized that wasn’t possible.

“Our plan was to release the two chipmunks into a colony in Idylwild, near the home of our Wildlife Veterinarian, Dr. Jane Meier. It’s their natural habitat. They will be with other chipmunks. There’s a food source for them. And Dr. Meier is always on the lookout for the wildlife that lives in her neighborhood.”

SDWC accepts any wildlife in need. Treatment takes place on site or some animals are transferred to rescue partners for further care. Once the animals are recovered they are released back into their natural environment.

“We’re also working to educate the public about the care and safety of the wildlife in their neighborhoods. This is ‘baby season’ and we’ll be getting lots of questions.”

For more information about SDWC, to make a donation, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, log on to www.sdwildlife.org, call 760-621-6888, and “Like” SDWildlifecenter on Facebook

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