Wilbur came to the Saco River Wildlife Center in November of 2016 as a baby who had been hit by a car. He was covered in wounds, maggots, fly eggs, and fleas. His prognosis was very guarded; small animals rarely win against automobiles.

Wilbur also had a clubbed foot, and we wondered if he could ever be released at all.


In late 2017, Bethany got a phone call from a gentleman with a concerning dilemma: he had, on accident, sprayed a bat with foam insulation while working on his house. He realized his mistake almost immediately, but the foam was quick-drying. Rather than deciding the bat was a lost cause, he cut it free and gave SRWC a call.

Sometimes we get patients that, despite the odds, bounce back from serious and debilitating situations. Scroll through the slideshows below to read about some of the plucky animals who proved to us just how resilient wildlife can be.


In early summer of 2018, SRWC received a rare "mystery baby;" we had no idea what species she was, although we had some ideas. We knew she was a mustelid (weasel family), and volunteers and supporters alike thought she might be a baby river otter. She'd been found on the ground in an area undergoing logging, suggesting that she'd been dropped as mom left the area.