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What to do when finding a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal...
When Helping a Wild Animal in Distressâ¦
WARM, DARK and QUIET!!! The most important thing you can do for the animal is to keep it warm, dark and quiet. Find an appropriately sized box (not so large that the animal will be able to thrash around and possibly injure itself, but not so small that the animal cannot rest comfortably) to contain the animal in. Line the bottom of the box with a soft cloth and make sure that there are small air holes in the box. Place the animal somewhere that is warm, away from human noise and domestic pets until the animal is able to be transported to the local wildlife rehabilitation center. If the animal is cold, the box may be placed on a heating pad set to âlow.â If you do not have a heating pad, a homemade water bottle may also be used, although be careful not to make it too hot. Do NOT give the animal anything to eat or drink and do NOT bother or peak at the animal. As this will not only increase the chances of the animal escaping, but will also only add further stress to the animal.
When You Find a Destroyed Nestâ¦
When You Find a Young Birdâ¦
If you find a completely feathered young bird on the ground that looks healthy, but is unable to fly, leave it alone. If you are unsure whether or not a grounded bird is young, consider the time of year. Spring and summer is the breeding season. During this time these birds, called fledgling, are frequently encountered on the ground and it is often assumed the bird needs to be rescued. This is not always the case. Fledglings live on the ground for approximately two weeks, while they are learning to fly. The parent birds are still feeding and caring for them. It is always in the best interest of the bird to be raised by its parents. Leave the fledgling alone, unless it is being attacked by a dog or cat. The bird can be observed from a distance in order to determine if the parents are indeed still around or if the bird has possibly been orphaned. Depending on the species, young birds are fed anywhere from every 15 minutes to every four hours. After observing the bird, if there has not been any sign of other birds, the fledgling may need to be rescued.
If you find a young bird on the ground and there are signs of blood, a drooping wing, any obvious broken bones or has come into contact with a domestic cat or dog bring the bird to you local wildlife rehabilitation center.
If you have a fledgling in your yard and you are concerned about neighborhood pets, turn on a sprinkler to deter pets from bothering the fledgling.
If you find a fledgling in an unsafe area, perhaps in a parking lot or in the road, simply scoop up the bird and place it near the closets tree or bush.
Birds Flying into Windowsâ¦
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If the bird has sustained obvious injuries from flying into a window, bring the bird to your local wildlife rehabilitation center.
If a bird appear stunned or is unable fly after flying into a window, but has no obvious injuries, allow the bird time to recuperate. Place the bird out of direct sunlight or under a nearby bush. Wait two hours to check on the bird. If at this time the bird is still unable to fly, take it to your local wildlife rehabilitation center.
When You Find a Young Squirrel On the Groundâ¦
If you find a young squirrel on the ground and there are signs of blood, broken bones or it has been attacked by a domestic cat or dog, contact your local wildlife rehabilitation center.
If you find a young squirrel on the ground that appears healthy and the nest has been destroyed, the squirrel can still be returned to its mother. Squirrels use two or more nests concurrently throughout the year. Follow the steps above and allow the young squirrel a second chance at being raised in the wild by its mother.
Remember always call your local wildlife rehabilitation center if you are unsure about something. If you plan to rescue an animal and bring it into a rehabilitation facility, it is recommended to call ahead so that preparations for your arrival can be made.
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