What to do if you have found an abandoned wildlife baby
It's that time of year again - the weather is warming, the birds are singing and nature's babies are emerging from nests, burrows, dens, etc. If you find an un-injured juvenile creature and like us you would love to protect our wildlife babies and give them the best start in life, here are some handy tips to follow!
Often we are brought baby birds which have fallen from nests or been found on the ground without a nest in sight. Follow out diagram here to know what age chick you have found and what you should do to help them survive:
BABY MAMMALS (foxes, badgers, rabbits, etc)
Wild mammals have to mature and learn to survive very quickly and they learn these skills from their parents. Often mother mammals will take their babies out with them in search of food and shelter once they are old enough. This can result in babies sometimes being 'left' where you wouldn't expect to find them. However, most often mum is not far away and has intentionally left them somewhere save whilst she scouts out the local area for food, etc. She will come back for them, and so it is not in their interests to remove them. You should only remove an animal from it's situation if it is in danger or is truly abandoned - you should watch without disturbing for several hours to give mum and chance to come back and reclaim her baby.
If you do have a wildlife baby who is in danger or has been abandoned, you should take it to your nearest wildlife vet as soon as possible. Do not attempt to care for it or feed it yourself as most babies have specific dietary requirements and care needs which a vet will be better able to provide.
Follow our handy checklist below to help you decide if intervention is needed:
For further information on wildlife care or if you have any concerns, please contact us on 01304 206 989.
We are always happy to accept sick or injured wildlife at any of our branches, or truly abandoned wildlife babies. All wildlife will be treated with the dignity and compassion of owned animals. Where possible all available veterinary treatment will be given or a compassionate resolution if animals are too badly injured or too poorly to recover.
Our wildlife patients are often rehabilitated further through partner working with the RSPCA Mallydams Wood Centre with release back into the wild always the goal.