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Warm weather making animals sick

03/26/2012 10:25 EDT | Updated 05/26/2012 05:12 EDT

A local wildlife expert says some animals are confused by the unseasonable weather.

Nancy Phillips is director of the Wings Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Amherstburg. She said baby birds are emerging from eggs four weeks too early because of the warm March weather.

Phillips said this is dangerous since the weather is getting colder again. Monday's predicted high is 7 C. Frost is expected Monday night when the temperature falls to -5 C.

"W don't usually get them until mid-May," Phillips said. "I'm expecting some of them the first week of April; some of them will be coming in."

Phillips' group is also treating raccoons with distemper. She said the disease is normally killed off after a cold winter.

"That just means we didn't have a deep freeze and none of the germs were killed off," Phillips said. "We've had over 30 come in [with distemper] the last three weeks."

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