This weekend was a little hectic for us with all the injured, sick, or orphaned wildlife we were called about.
The first was this beautiful little lady here. She was found weak and alone on the road up north, with no sign of mama or her siblings.
The wonderful soul who found her brought her home and was going to take care of this cutie herself, but once she did some research she found out the best chance for survival and return to the wild for the adorable baby was to call a wildlife rescue center which is what she did right away, and we are so grateful she did. Her quick actions saved this baby’s life. Not only was she starving and badly dehydrated, but the emotional toll of being separated from her own species can be devastating, and that needs treating with species such as this just as much as the physical ailments.
All animal lovers want to be the hero when it comes to saving wildlife. Trust me I know, the feeling of successfully rehabilitating and releasing a critter is exhilarating. But the amount of work behind the scenes goes unseen, in addition to the amount of species knowledge you must have. Orphaned babies of various species need their own specialized care and diet, and their need for attention can be around the clock 24hrs a day. And the animals, as well as the carer, must be protected at all times from transmissible disease. Sadly, often when the public thinks they’re doing good by trying to take care of an orphaned or injured animal themselves, they’re doing more harm than good, and by the time that critter has taken a turn for the worse and they call a professional, the damage is done and it’s often very difficult to reverse.
So what should you do if you find injured wildlife? Call a professional. The obvious injuries are not always the only ones, and something vital can get overlooked by an untrained individual.
What should you do if you find orphaned wildlife? Before intervening, search the area. The family or nest could be nearby. The mama could be foraging or hunting for the baby. Not all babies are orphaned just because they’re alone at the time of discovery. If you are concerned, contact a professional before approaching the animal and if you must intervene, please wear protective gear like gloves to protect yourself and the animal. Getting an animal to a dark and quiet place is key, as stress can be fatal. From that point, the animal should be taken to or picked up by a professional who can then decide the best course of action.
There are organizations all over this great country who have dedicated their lives to helping animals. Call us, utilize us. Reaching out first instead of trying to rehab yourself can mean the difference between life and death, especially when it comes to the younger critters.
This orphaned raccoon, named Naye after the kind soul who rescued her, was sent to Wildtracks yesterday where she’ll be provided the long term care needed and introduced to other raccoons in rehab in preparation for eventual release. She’ll learn to be a wild raccoon and now has the best chance of survival and a wild future thanks to the quick actions of her rescuer!
Thank you Naye