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Spring Wildlife Information
(What to do)
"SPRING WILDLIFE INFORMATION"
Most wildlife babies are born in the spring; so spring and early summer are the busiest time for calls about sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife. However, in many cases, mammals and birds that appear to be injured or orphaned are really just young going through a stage of their development. For example, normal behavior for a fledgling (baby bird with feather and a "stumpy" tail that has jump-fluttered from the nest) is to hop and flutter around on the ground for several days. Usually the parents are nearby watching the baby bird prepare itself for flight. The adult birds will feed and protect the baby until it is ready to fly off on its own in a few days.
Similarly, fawns will lie quietly in the grass, hidden by their camouflage coloration, while their mother are off feeding (thus is to protect the babies by not revealing their location to predators). Does will usually return by dusk to nightfall but occasionally may be gone up to 24 hours.
Baby rabbits are left alone most of the time - mother rabbits are seldom ever seen at the nest. If the bunnies are plump and healthy looking - leave them be. If a young rabbit has its eyes open and ears up; is fully furred, larger than a baseball, and weighs more than 4 ounces - it is on its own and does not need human intervention.
Thus all animals should be observed for a while before they are picked up and mistakenly "rescued". Call or text WILD FOREVER FOUNDATION @ 475-WILD (9453) before handling wildlife.
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