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Found an orphaned or injured baby wild animal?

Wild animals are part of this earth and live most of their lives in forests and just come on the roads for food and to explore new areas as well. So, in the summer season, it is very common to find an orphaned or injured wild animals on roads or any other place. We can feel that they might need our help but unless you don’t confirm that they are injured, sick, or orphaned, there is no necessity to rescue them. Because sometimes they are on roads or in human residential areas for exploring that area or for food and they know their way back so, they don’t need our help. But, when wild animals appear to be in a problem, should human beings step forward to rescue them, or is it better to stay back and let nature decide? And how will we get to know that if a wild animal needs our help or not? Well, some indications can help you to put some effort.

Indications that shows wild animal needs our help

  • If a bird is featherless and behaving strangely, struggling on the ground and not able to fly
  • If you find a parent dead body nearby
  • If the animal is having a problem while walking
  • If you find an animal or bird bleeding
  • If you find an animal with a broken limb
  • If the animal is shivering and crying
  • If it gets stuck in trees or other bushes and unable to come out

If you find any of the above indications then you need to make arrangements to help that wild animal if it is safe for you or you must transport them to a nearby licensed rehabilitation center for their proper treatment.

How to provide the help?

If it’s a baby bird?

First of all, it depends on their species and age. Mostly baby birds or animals are supervised by their parents but there are a lot of species in which parents leave their babies in camouflage all day long. So we need to find out that what the normal behaviors of parents to their children are. If we talk about the baby birds then it is normal that parents leave their babies in nests and go hunting the food for them but when we find an injured bird then we should contact a wildlife rehabilitator. If you find a featherless or nearly featherless baby bird fallen from the nest and appear unharmed then you should put them into their nest and if the nest is high then put them into a basket and hang them nearby the nest. Make sure that you put them into the stick basket because it allows the rain to pass from it and wait for some time until the parents don’t show up.

If it’s a grown bird?

If you find an injured bird then you should take it to nearby licensed wildlife rehabilitation for their treatment. If the bird is shivering then cover its body and put it in a warm place and wait until it gets better.

Is it’s a baby animal?

Once you are confirmed that the animal needs your help, call a wildlife rehabilitation center or if you are unable to do so then call an animal shelter or animal control agency. If they are baby rabbits or squirrels which are left alone for several hours then surely they are abandoned and need our help. You should put thick gloves on your hands and place them in their nest. Always avoid touching them by hand because their parents abandon their babies when they sense human smell on their babies. If their nest is destroyed then put some mud or grass and make a temporary shelter for them and wait for their parent’s arrival. If they are injured then take them to a nearby rehabilitator center.

Rescue and rehabilitation of baby fawn:

Most people think that a baby fawn found alone is orphaned. A doe only visits for few times a day to avoid the predators. If you found a baby fawn alone and handled it then try to put it back exactly where you picked because mother deer will not show up until you are gone. But when you find a deer wondering and crying constantly then surely it needs your help. You need to contact the wildlife rehabilitator for the rescue.

So if you find an adult animal injured or sick then don’t handle them without consulting the wildlife professional because even a small animal can injure you. When you make your contact then tell them their physical condition. If they arrive on time then it’s a good thing otherwise you can put the animal into the container or box. Don’t give them the food or water because maybe it can cause digestive problems. Place the animal in a dark place where there is no noise or human activity. It will help them to lower their stress level.

So these are the precautions and steps we can take to help the animals. While doing all this make sure your safety first.

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