(BIRDS/WILDLIFE/ANIMAL WELFARE) New rehabilitation efforts are being made for animals at an animal care facility in Massachusetts. The Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, Massachusetts is now using what they are referring to as a hydrotherapy pool, built by staff and volunteers.

Currently in use by seabirds and waterfowl, the pool was created to help remove contaminate, speed-up water proofing, and release stress by using a constant stream of cleansed water.

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A red-necked Grebe in the hydro pool. Photo Credit: Deborah Robbins Millman

Open since 2000, Cape Wildlife Center specializes in year-round emergency veterinary care and wildlife rehabilitation.

The Cape Wildlife Center is operated by The Fund for Animals, an affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The center’s mission statement maintains:

Cape Wildlife Center promotes and protects the health and well-being of native wildlife and their habitats. Since 2000, the center has been open 365 days a year, providing emergency care and wildlife rehabilitation.

The center is staffed by a full-time veterinarian, licensed wildlife rehabilitators, and volunteers. They all work together towards helping rehabilitate and release injured, ill, or orphaned wildlife back into the wild.

Check out the video below to learn more about Cape Wildlife Center and their work.

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Murres in the hydro pool. Photo Credit: Kelly Coffin

Hydrotherapy is traditionally used to help people with acne, arthritis, colds, sleep disorders, etc. Cape Wildlife Center is attempting to use this type of therapy to help rehabilitate different avian species.

The center’s first hydrotherapy success story is their work with seabirds. In its first month, the pool has already been used to help rehabilitate eight different avian species including mergansers, murres, scoters, and a rarely seen red-necked grebe; these are some of the more difficult species to rehabilitate.

This spring the center plans on using the hydro pool as as a waterfowl baby unit, housing ducklings as they grow until ready for transfer to their outside units.

Check out the video below to get an idea of how the hydrotherapy pool will work:

— Cara Meyers, exclusive to Global Animal