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Baby squirrels, skunks and other animals have new home for rehab

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MT. WASHINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) --  A new 23-acre site in Bullitt County will be home to dozens of wild animals that need a little rehabilitation.

The center will care for an array of animals like raccoons, skunks, squirrels and even the animal responsible for keeping the bourbon industry alive.

The newest patient is a box turtle who was injured by a lawn mower.

“You can just slightly see the inside of the turtle. This little area you can tell there is some fresh blood coming out here,” said Brigette Williams, founder of Second Chances Wildlife Center.

Williams says the turtle is expected to fully recover.

That’s the king of work she has been doing for years since starting Second Chances Wildlife Center.

The only problem is, she never actually had a center until now.

“It is a foreclosure home in foreclosure condition, and we have a lot of work ahead of us,” Williams said.

Volunteers spent Wednesday evening cutting down dead trees and pulling weeds while also cleaning up the inside. Williams said the space was desperately needed instead of keeping baby squirrels, skunks and other animals in foster homes.

She receives well over 1,000 calls a year and rehabilitates about 40 animals at a time.

“It is a place where people know where to drop off animals by appointment, and it will be a place where children and adults can come for education programs,” Williams said.

Bats in rehab will also have their own cave. Refurbishing an old building on the property as an educational center will even teach people why bats are imperative to the bourbon capital of the world.

“They are eating the pest that would attack the corn crops, which is needed for the harvesting of the bourbon,” William said.

All animals that are brought to Second Chances Wildlife are released back into the wild unless they have a permanent disability. If that's the case, the animal becomes part of the educational program.

If you'd like to help out, there are more volunteer dates posted on the Second Chances Wildlife Center Facebook Page. You can also contact the organization by clicking here.  

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