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06/17/2014 01:22 EDT | Updated 08/17/2014 05:59 EDT

Baby animals fill up Manitoba wildlife centre

A Manitoba wildlife rehabilitation centre is dealing with an influx of baby rabbits, birds, beavers, raccoons and other animals that are injured or abandoned — or, in some cases, believed to be abandoned.

The Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre near Ile des Chênes, Man., receives hundreds of animals this time of year, including up to 300 baby cottontail rabbits.

The shelter also has young beavers, squirrels, woodpeckers, geese, ducks, coyotes, foxes, raccoons and an owl, in addition to its regular animal rescues that include a pelican and peacock.

Officials with the centre, which provides care to injured and orphaned wildlife, say some of the animals that have come in recently did not need to be rescued.

Staff said people will often see young birds and baby rabbits on the ground, but that doesn't necessarily mean the animals were orphaned.

The rehabilitation centre's website has guidelines on when to rescue an animal, but staff recommend calling ahead before interfering with any creature.

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