Baby chipmunk is wildlife center’s first - and by far its cutest – patient; video

Baby chipmunk is wildlife center’s first - and by far its cutest – patient; video

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Baby chipmunk is wildlife center’s first - and by far its cutest – patient; video

The San Diego Wildlife Center opened this week and its first official patient is so cute that the critter will be dearly missed if she can be safely released back into the wild.

The accompanying News 8 video shows the 3-week-old female Merriam’s chipmunk – found languishing and dehydrated on a nearby sidewalk – eagerly accepting fluids.

Trish Jackman, the center’s director, tells News 8: “We do think she’s going to go through the rehabilitation process and be released and do just fine, but we will keep hunting for her family in hopes that we can reunite her because that’s really the best thing for her.”

Carlsbad Patch reports that County Animal Services staff is searching the area for a nest and perhaps a mother chipmunk searching for her missing baby.

The San Diego Wildlife Center, which opened Monday in Carlsbad, is affiliated with the Rancho Coastal Humane Society, and its focus on the rehabilitation and release of injured local wildlife.

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