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Alberta heat wave leading to wildlife baby surge

Last Updated May 3, 2016 at 3:26 pm MST

Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation

Everything is happening earlier this year with it being much warmer than usual and wildlife rescuers are feeling it.

Holly Duvall with the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation said they’re seeing animal babies up to a month earlier than in previous years.

With the expectation of a longer and busier season, the organization needs help with already record high patient numbers.

“We take close to 2,000 animals every year and already our patient numbers this year have increased by 86 per cent compared to last year,” Duvall explained.

“Because of the warmer weather, we’re seeing a lot of species having babies a lot sooner, which is meaning that we’re getting the babies that are orphaned or injured a lot sooner in care than we normally would.”

It’s hosting the second annual wildlife baby shower during the month of May to raise funds for the centre.

Funds can be donated through Canada Helps.

A wish list of items they need for the babies can be found at aiwc.ca