I got a lot of calls from people who have found abandoned or injured wildlife. For reference I have a page on my website that has contact information for a lot of wildlife rescues.
Although intentions are good, I DO NOT recommend people try rescuing, caring for or handling any kind of wildlife! There are 2 main reasons for this, and one of them some people may not agree with.
- It’s “survival of the fittest” – “The concept of fitness is central to natural selection. In broad terms, individuals that are more “fit” have better potential for survival, as in the well-known phrase “survival of the fittest”. However, as with natural selection above, the precise meaning of the term is much more subtle. Modern evolutionary theory defines fitness not by how long an organism lives, but by how successful it is at reproducing. If an organism lives half as long as others of its species, but has twice as many offspring surviving to adulthood, its genes will become more common in the adult population of the next generation.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_selection That baby bird may have been kicked out of the nest for a reason, tha baby rabbit abandoned because soemthign was wrong with it or the mother died. It’s up to the animals will, strength and natures course if it is to survive. By rescuing and saving them all you are interrupting natures natural cycle.
- You can do more harm than good. Wildlife rescuers and care givers have specialized training in how to handle and care for wild animals. You could injure yourself of the animal.
I received a call from a client who had rescued a baby bird, she was wanting to know if I would come by several times a day to feed the bird while they were at work until they could get it to a wildlife rescue. I called the client he next day and left them a message that its not a service I provide since I do not care for wildlife. I left them the information about my website information on wildlife rescues.
They called me back that evening and left me a message thanking me for getting back to them. They had taken the baby bird to a local wildlife rescue facility. However, due to the owner feeding the baby bird & NOT KNOWING how to properly do it or knowing anything about birds she had fed the bird incorrectly. The food had gone into the the birds lungs instead of it stomach and it now had pneumonia. It also had a injury that they knew about.
Although this person intentions were good, because of the mistaken made in trying to care for it the birds health was compromised and it now had an additional issue to resolve.
PLEASE LEAVE WILDLIFE RESCUE UP TO THE WILDLIFE RESCUE EXPERTS & CALL ONE OF THEM!
DO NOT HANDLE MOVE OR DO ANYTHING WITH AN ABANDONED, INJURED OR SICK ANIMAL.