LOCAL NEWS

Injured Birds Continue to Arrive at Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Via Uber, Lyft

Jul 16, 2019, 8:18 PM | Updated: 8:21 pm

OGDEN, Utah – Staff and volunteers at Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah, have been helping animals recover there for over ten years. Now, a new trend seems to be forming in the way some of the animals are brought in there.

“It’s just crazy. People just love it,” Chairman Buz Marthaler said, referring to a Facebook post he made about a bird being brought there by an Uber driver a few weeks ago. It’s since been shared well over 2,000 times.

Since then, others seem to have caught onto the idea. Last week, Marthaler says a woman on vacation in Deer Valley spotted an injured woodpecker. Having seen the post, she too opted to summon an Uber driver. Then, Marthaler got another similar call Monday.

“He said, ‘I just can’t get away from work,'” Marthaler explained. “He says ‘I saw this online, can I do that?’ I said, ‘yeah, go ahead.'”

Marthaler says staff at the center are happy to help the animals no matter how they arrive. They however prefer the personal approach, especially if the person dropping off the animal, can throw in a donation towards it’s care. Marthaler says people should also call first to make sure the animal actually needs help.

“I guess the initial one… they called and explained what they wanted, and the driver declined. That driver’s probably wishing they had now” Marthaler said, laughing. “Now it’s going to start getting old hat after a bit, but it’s still kind of interesting, thinking outside the box to help our wildlife.”

Meantime the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah is having a record-breaking year, having already helped nearly 2,000 animals. Marthaler says they are in urgent need of donations, especially cash.

“As the number of patients go up, of course the costs go up,” Marthaler explalined. “We’re spending 65 to 67 thousand dollars a year, just on animal food alone. That’s our single highest budget item.”

People interested in donating, can check on the center’s current needs here:  https://wrcnu.org/donate

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

The crowd gathering at Washington Square to march to the Utah Capitol....
Brittany Tait

Crowd marched to Utah State Capitol in solidary with Iran

A large crowd marched from Washington Square to the steps of the Utah State Capitol on Saturday to show solidarity for those suffering in Iran.
1 day ago
Attendees at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Conference Center....
Michael Houck & Ladd Egan

Day One of 192nd Semi-annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Tens of thousands gathered in downtown Salt Lake City Saturday for the 192nd Semi-annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
1 day ago
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints volunteers help clean up and repair the aftermath of Hurricane Ia...
Mike Anderson

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members help clean up the aftermath of Hurricane Ian

"As horrible as natural disasters are, you see the best of humanity," Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members gather in Florida to help clean up the mess Hurricane Ian left behind.
1 day ago
Denali Stubbs, preparing his bike for the upcoming race....
Alex Cabrero

Hildale high school bike team participates in regional race

"I just want to do the same for these kids:” a Hillside parent hopes to encourage teens in his community to dream bigger by getting involved in sports.
1 day ago
Authorities responding to the fatal rollover crash. (UDOT)...
Michael Houck

Two dead after pickup truck crashes into ravine near I-215

Authorities are investigating a rollover crash that killed two of its occupants on I-215 near 1000 South Saturday afternoon. 
1 day ago
President Russell M. Nelson speaks during the Saturday morning session of the 192nd Semiannual Gene...
Josh Ellis

President Nelson addresses using chair during conference talk

President Russell M. Nelson took to social media after Latter-day Saints noticed he used a chair to deliver his remarks during the Saturday morning session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Types of Computer Malware and Examples...
PC Laptops

5 Nasty Types of Computer Malware and Examples | Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer and Family Safe

Here are the different types of computer malware and examples that could potentially infect your computer.
Injured Birds Continue to Arrive at Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Via Uber, Lyft