Care of Wild Animal Babies
What is the best way to help wild animal babies? By NOT helping
them. Every spring and early summer, wildlife agencies across the
country are deluged by calls from well meaning people who have picked up
what they think are "orphaned" baby animals. According
to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), the best way to help young wildlife is to NOT help young
Many types of wild animals leave their young in a protected area
while the adults go off to feed and drink. Unless the adults have
died, the young are not orphaned or abandoned at all. If humans
pick up an animal, it may be rejected by the parent due to the human
scent left on the baby. In addition, it is against state law to
take animals from the wild and keep them in captivity in Tennessee.
If a baby bird or mammal is found outside of a nest, concerned
individuals can help by returning it to the nest. It may be
accepted back by the parent. Although it may seem cruel, in nature the
most hazardous time of life is adolescence.
Young animals die at a very high rate. The best help you can
provide for a young animal is to leave it alone. If its parents
are temporarily away, they will return. If it has been abandoned,
nature needs to take its course. Raising a wild animal in the confines
of a cage is no life for one that deserves to be free.