Ames clinic gives injured animals new purpose

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A clinic at Iowa State University is working to help injured wildlife animals and give others new purpose through education.

The Wildlife Care Clinic at Iowa State University’s Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center takes in injured animals and helps them get well enough for release. If a creature’s injuries are too severe, officials try to keep the animal for educational programs.

Ernie the opossum is a permanent resident at the clinic. He travels the state with staff and recently wore a red Superman cape for Halloween.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/18Q3fBv ) the animals come from across Iowa and parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The clinic, which opened in 1990, has two professional staff members and several ISU students who help run things. Some are paid staff and others volunteer.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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