35-year Tahoe wildlife care center hopes to expand
A beloved Lake Tahoe wildlife center is having one of its busiest years - ever. Animals in need have been arriving almost non-stop for weeks. The couple that runs the place is doing their best to keep up. They've got some great success stories - but the center needs a new home.
It's a picture perfect winter day at Lake Tahoe - but not everyone is healthy enough to enjoy it. Some of the locals are sick - or injured - or orphaned.
"We are giving every single one of these birds and animals a second chance at life," said Tom Millham, who with his wife Cheryl. One of their most recent guests - a sick bobcat. They're not sure what's wrong with her.
"We've given her some fluids and some vitamins," said Tom.
In the next room, there's a great horned owl.
"He's recovering from a broken wing," said Tom.
The owl had surgery recently. Now the challenge is to keep him calm and discourage him from flapping his wing while it mends.
The wildlife center is actually part of the Millhams' home. Their garage is packed with food for the animals , the backyard filled with cabins built for a wide range of creatures - from river otters to bald eagles.
"See the right wing, how it is kind of dragging a little bit lower than the left? That's why we have him," said Tom, describing an eagle. The vet believes the eagle's wing is just bruised. So all he needs is a few weeks to heal in a safe place.
The wildlife center has a record number of orphaned bear cubs this season. They're all healthy and will be released in a safe place as soon as they're big enough.
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