Injured or orphaned baby wild animals typically die in nature. But at the east Mississippi wildlife rehabilitation center, they’re getting a chance to live.
“We’ve taken in fawns, raccoons, squirrels, opossums, bobcats, beavers.”
The center’s mission is to rehabilitate these animals and then release them back into the wild.
“We try to leave them on their own mostly. We come down here two to three times a day. We do our feeding. We do the cleaning. Then we leave them alone. That is what’s best for them. They need to be wild, so they can survive when we release them.”
Dixon says that these animals can eventually live on their own, despite not having their mothers to protect them.
“When you got a habitat like this right here, it’s natural instincts. They’ll go in the grass and hide. I know when they first got out here that you couldn’t even see them. You had no idea that I had them out here.”
The animals are released once they can eat on their own. Dixon says that caring for these animals is way of preserving a natural resource for generations to come.