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 subject of much curiosity and concern.
"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:
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.
- FortWhyte Alive does not provide animal rehabilitation services.
- If you do find a baby animal that is in need of care (after following the guidelines above), please contact the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre or Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.
Thank you for your concern and cooperation!