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What to do when you find a baby animal this spring

It's no secret that spring is the cutest season of the year. With all the spring newborns around, baby birds and animals are the subject of much discussion here at FortWhyte.

Each spring, we receive an influx of calls from the public regarding baby animal sightings, and even find ourselves receiving deliveries of baby ducks, geese and mammals that have been spotted alone in a yard, park or elsewhere.

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

Still, the question remains:

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

Concern over these cute little ones is understandable. They are so small (so cute!) and often look vulnerable out on their own in a big world. Take a look at these handy guides provided by author Shannon K. Jacobs regarding what action to take after finding a baby animal or baby bird:

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 Mother Nature knows what she's doing.

Educating the public 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.


Happy Spring!

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