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Found a Baby Wild Animal? Call Us
Please call the shelter BEFORE you pick up any baby animal. Seeing a baby animal alone does not always mean that the parents are not near by. The majority of the time, the parents are very close. Some animals purposefully leave their babies alone in order not to draw attention to the young:
• Rabbits only come to the nest 2-3 times in a 24-hour period to feed and then will leave.
• Deer will leave the fawn for many hours, sometimes over 12 hours at a time.
• Fox will allow the kits to play & explore out of the den.
• Raccoons will move one baby at a time when changing dens but will be back for the young left behind.
• Many baby birds end up on the ground before they can fly but the parents will continue to feed them and teach them how to find food.
• Many wildlife species, both parents care for the young so if you find a dead parent do not assume that the baby is orphaned.
It is a myth that if you touch a baby bird that the parents will abandon it. If the baby bird has some feathers and is in immediate danger, move it to a nearby, safe location such as a bush or low limb.
If the baby is a nestling, return it to the nest. If the nest has fallen, you can make a nest with a berry basket or other shallow container that will not hold water. Fasten the container within 15 feet of the previous nest and the parents will return. Do not feed the babies and keep kids and pets away so the parents feel that it is safe to return.
Wild animals are very good parents and work very hard to raise their babies. Too many times well meaning humans abduct baby animals before the parents can retrieve or tend to them. Last year we received over 60 babies that were abducted.
Please, call West Sound Wildlife Shelter BEFORE you pick up that baby animal. 206-855-9057.