If you have found a baby wild animal, call our Animal Helpline at 1-855-622-7722 for advice. They can advise you on how to return the baby safely, or how to tell when they need help.
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Whether it’s a baby bird, squirrel, deer, seal, raccoon or skunk, a baby animal’s best chance for survival is with its mother. Finding a baby animal doesn’t always mean they’re in trouble – many times, you won’t need to do anything at all.
But if the baby is hurt or sick, or you know the mother is dead, they can help you find a wildlife rehabilitator right away. If it is after hours, call your local wildlife rehabilitation centre.
Can I touch a baby animal?
Birds have a poor sense of smell, and will not reject babies touched by people. This means you may be able to place baby birds back in their nest. Mammals have a much more keen sense of smell, however, they are also very dedicated parents. A reunion may still be possible – under the guidance of a wildlife rehabilitator – even when babies have been handled by people.
Before handling any animals, call our Animal Helpline at 1-855-622-7722 for advice on how to reunite baby animals with their mothers.
Should I feed a baby animal?
Never attempt to feed a baby animal, this usually does more harm than good. Wild animals require professional care, and it is illegal for you to keep and care for a wild animal.
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