Animal Shelter staff is reminding the public on Facebook that sometimes the best help with wildlife is “no help,” especially in the case of non-injured baby wildlife that appear to be abandoned. It’s normal for certain animal parents to leave babies alone for a while, and interfering lessens the chance of the parent returning.
Here’s a partial list of non-injured baby animals that probably do not need rescuing:
- Bunnies with all their fur, at least eight inches long, eyes open and hopping around
- Squirrels with a fluffed-out tail and a body that is longer than six inches
- Baby birds with feathers, hopping on the ground. If you are concerned about a pet getting to it, place the baby in a bush nearby or on a tree limb nearby. If they are not feathered, try to put the baby back in the nest if you can.