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Jun 3, 2014 1:55 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

Wounded animals serve as animal ambassadors

(Video to accompany this story will be posted after 8 p.m. on 6-3-14)

Sometimes it can be challenging to get a group of young people focused for school assemblies or presentations. It helps if you are getting Out and About with a Red Shouldered Hawk.

We saw the proof at Baywood Elementary when almost 150 3rd and 5th graders were mesmerized by the presentation from the folks at Pacific Wildlife Care. The focus of their attention was Denali, the red tailed hawk.

Denali is one of 11 animal ambassadors for Pacific Wildlife Care. The organization rehabs sick, injured or abandoned birds and mammals with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. Sometimes that can't happen, as is the case with denali. So they become animal ambassadors, teaching people about the wildlife in our area, and making an impression with young people in particular.

"We have kids that come back 10 years later that remember a talk at their school. It's just something that has a real impact, and hopefully an influence on them respecting the environment." said Kelly Vandenheuvel, of Pacific Wildlife Care.

If you'd like to see an animal ambassador visit your school, group or organization, or if you find an injured or orphaned wild animal, call 543-wild, or click here.

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