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Posted on 04-19-2018
Spring time is here, which can mean a lot of cute little babies everywhere. You see a cute little baby bunny hiding under a plant, or a little fawn under some brush. You may think that their parents have abandoned them, but in reality that may not be the case! In the wild, mothers can leave their offspring for up to 24 hours before they return. We have the tendency to want to get the baby and move it somewhere safer or try to take it somewhere we think is better for it. At Main Street Animal Hospital, we are here to encourage you to leave it be! 90% of wildlife will not survive once removed from their natural habitat! Here are some reminders and tips from the Ohio Division of Wildlife that can help increase the survival of those whom we think need help.
If you see open wounds or other injuries, or you know without a doubt that a young wild animal has lost its parent, consult your nearest Wildlife District Office or local wildlife rehabilitator. Do not attempt to capture or feed it until expert guidance is provided to you. Also, limit contact with the animal to reduce stress and the possibility of it becoming habituated. Taming a young animal will make it unreleasable in the wild. It is illegal to keep wildlife without a rehabilitators permit. Rehabilitators go through extensive training on how to raise and treat young and injured wildlife. Leave it to the professionals and you’ll greatly increase the animal’s chance of survival. Dr. Wood is a huge fan of wildlife, along with the staff at Main Street, but we want to be able to enjoy the sights, not bother the beauty that is nature. Please call our office if you have any questions and we can help get you in touch with the correct people.
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