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How Do Wild Animals Survive Hurricanes?

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How Do Wild Animals Survive Hurricanes?

People can flee Hurricane Sandy, but what about wildlife? Animals who live outdoors don’t have the option of evacuating to city-run shelters or hunkering down indoors. They must brave the brunt of the storm, and some of them will not survive it.

Baby animals who live in trees, like squirrels and birds, are at high risk of being blown out of their nests and becoming lost, separated from their parents forever. One example is a litter of baby squirrels who were blown out of their nest and rescued by a Good Samaritan. “[I]f the animals had not been found they would have died within hours,” whether from shock or predators, the Daily Mail reported. But the news wasn’t all good for this squirrel family: sanctuary workers feared that their mother, whom rescuers could not locate, was still searching for her missing babies.

Birds are also in danger of death or dislocation from hurricanes. Some, like woodpeckers, know how to weather the storm — they stay in holes in trees. But migratory birds don’t fare as well. “Powerful winds from hurricanes and tropical storms can blow birds off course and push them hundreds of miles away from their home habitat,” according to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Some of them never make it back.

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