“When you walk by the enclosure and you hear them jumping or leaping, you know the wildness is back and they're ready,” she said. “They tell us when it's time.”
For Smart, rehabilitating birds is becoming more common. Since he joined White Oaks in June, he's treated several other wild birds, including a falcon and a sparrow. He also has treated at least one wild rabbit.
“I guess the word has gotten out a little bit,” he said.
Smart has some experience in wild and exotic animals. He spent some time in college working in Africa with exotic animals.
“I've always had an interest in them, it's probably one of the biggest reasons I became a vet,” he said.