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Southeast drought takes its toll on wildlife

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VideoCNN Environment Correspondent Natalie Pawelski shows how the drought is affecting wildlife in Florida
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July 7, 2000
Web posted at: 10:12 p.m. EDT (0212 GMT)

CHRISTMAS, Florida (CNN) -- The scorching drought that is plaguing the Southeast is taking its toll on wildlife throughout the region.

Except for the occasional thunderstorm, rivers and marshlands that are home to wildlife are drying up, forcing animals to move and, in some cases, leave their young ones behind.

In central Florida, rehabilitation centers and shelters are taking in orphaned and ailing animals at a record pace.



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RELATED SITES:
International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
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