Spot an injured deer, bird or fox? There’s an app for that. A new program called RECOVER (short for Relief and Emergency Computerized Veterinary Medical Record) will take a photo of injured wildlife, map the animal’s location and then send the information to the nearest rehabilitation center so that veterinarians can come to the rescue.

According to Audubon Magazine, the RECOVER app is the brainchild of Jonathan Lustgarten, who dreamed it up while he was still studying veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He got the idea after speaking with bird rescuers who had recently returned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast. Their stories inspired him to invent a way to make it easier to track injured wildlife.

Right now, the app is only available for animal rehab pros. But developers are working on a version that will be free for the public, which could help save hundreds of animals’ lives.    What a fantastic idea.

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