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What To Do When You Find a Baby Animal This Spring

Posted on May 31, 2022

It’s no secret that spring is the cutest season of the year.

Each spring, we tend to receive a spike in inquiries regarding baby animal sightings. With all the spring newborns around, it’s only natural that baby birds and animals are the subjects of much curiosity and concern.

Baby goslings sitting in the grass

"I found a baby animal. What do I do?"

First, it’s important to note that, while many species of animals and birds call FortWhyte Alive home, we do not provide animal rehabilitation services.

Concern over these cute little ones is understandable. They are so small (so cute!) and often appear vulnerable out on their own in the wild.

But before you take action regarding a baby bird or animal, please review these handy guides provided by author Shannon K. Jacobs:

Baby Mammal Map

Baby Bird Map

As you see here, it’s often okay and, in many cases, preferable to leave the babies where you found them and trust that nature takes care of its own.

Public education on the nature of infant wildlife can reduce the number of animals brought to wildlife rehabilitation centres, which are already working in high gear come spring.


Thank you for your concern and cooperation!