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Second Chance Wildlife Center is housed in a historic Gaithersburg farmhouse surrounded by fields, woods, a marsh, and a stream. Several spacious flight cages, small mammal enclosures, and waterfowl pens are located on the adjacent lawns. Many recently released animals share the grounds with the permanent wild residents before moving on to establish their own niches in the surrounding fields and woods. To learn more about us, click here.

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May 3, 2014 - Orphaned Wild Animal Baby Shower - Second Chance Wildlife Center is hosting a baby shower for the orphaned wild animals it cares for on Saturday, May 3, 12 3 p.m. Build a birdhouse or feeder with your kids (kits $5), help count arriving migratory wild birds at our bird watching station, get a jump on your wildlife-friendly gardening with our native plant sale, and enjoy homemade bake sale items. Admission is free, but donations of funds and supplies for our baby animals are appreciated. Call 301-926-9453 for details or see our Contact Info page.

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Opossums Story

In September, a kind-hearted Chevy Chase woman found a group of opossums in a trash can, clinging to the back of their dead mother. The mother had been dead for days, but the babies, not knowing what else to do and unable to escape the trash can, still clung to her.

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