TO DETERMINE IF
A WILD ANIMAL NEEDS YOUR HELP
not email for orphan or injury rescues
DO NOT pick up or pet
baby bunnies, deer, or any furry animal.
Mammal (furry) babies are adapted for survival with many natural
defenses such as camouflage, a lack of scent, the ability
to stay perfectly still - all designed to avoid detection
by predators. When humans touch a baby or a nest site,
they destroy this natural defense system.
DO NOT assume these babies
are abandoned - Mom may just be off feeding or watching from
a safe distance, waiting for you to leave!
But if the nest is in
danger of being destroyed it can be protected so that the
mother will find it.
TO PROTECT A BUNNY NEST
To safely protect a nest so that the mother will be able to
locate it takes very little. DO NOT REMOVE BABIES FROM THE
NEST OR TOUCH INSIDE THE NEST. Encircle the nest with wire
fencing with openings just big enough for the mother to get
in. Secure it to the ground so that pets and lawnmowers won't
move it. A piece of shade cloth can be draped over the top.
If the nest can not be left in place, call immediately 480
Wild babies always do
better when raised by their mothers. DO NOT try to care for
them yourself. If you do not have the proper knowledge and
training to care for these critters, what you don't know
can kill them. By the time you realize that something
is wrong and decide to bring it to a rehabilitator, it could
be too late. It is very frustrating and upsetting to watch
these tiny lives slip away, no matter how hard we try.
Birds are different. They do not depend on smell, and will
not reject a baby after it is touched. Most birds do not belong
on the ground. However, there are ground nesting species like
quail and roadrunners. These nests are not usually easy to
see, since they are located in thick vegetation.
HOW TO RETURN UNINJURED
BIRDS TO THE NEST
Uninjured baby birds can be returned to the nest. [Do
not attempt to raise a wild bird without the proper training.]
If you cannot locate or reach the nest, but know that the
parents are in the area, you can make a nest. Use a "berry
basket" or any container that will allow the parents easy
access to the baby and not retain water. Line it with tissue,
grass or soft cloth (no loops or loose threads) and secure
it to a branch, close to the trunk, in a tree as close to
where you found the bird as possible. Leave the area. From
a distance observe to see if the parents find and care for
the baby before sunset. If not, the baby needs to be brought
to a wildlife rehabilitator immediately.
baby birds should be taken to a wildlife rehabilitator IMMEDIATELY.
Do not attempt to feed, give water or care for this bird. Unless
you are properly trained in veterinary medicine, what you assume
you know can hurt them.
KEEP YOUR PETS CONFINED
Free-roaming pets, especially cats. are responsible for up to
75% of orphaned, injured and killed wildlife. Whenever a
dog or cat is involved with wildlife it is always considered
injured and serious. The lack of visible wounds does not
rule out internal injuries.
you must move a wild animal in order to help it, here are some
tips to give the animal the best chance of survival:
it warm. Keep it quiet.
and get the animal to a Rehabilitator immediately! Use this
link to locate a WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR anywhere in the US
Every minute counts
if we are to save a wild life. DO NOT make the mistake of
waiting to see "If it makes it through the night."
Until you can locate
and transport the animal to a Rehabilitator:
Find a quiet place, away from people and pets.
Place the animal on a towel, in a box with a secure
Put a heating pad under the box set on low.
DO NOT give food or water to any animal.
DO NOT keep peeking into the box. This stress can kill
an already weakened animal.