I've found a baby mammal, now what do I do?
couresty of Wild Forever Foundation
a. Is the baby animal hurt or sick?
(Bleeding; shivering; vomiting; attacked by a cat, dog, or other animal, ants)
|Call a local rehabilitator||Look for the nest or den. Is it intact? Follow the appropriate instructions below.|
|Nest/Den Intact||Nest/den missing or not intact|
|Place baby in nest/den.Watch for the mother for 4-6 hours. Stay completely out of sight. Mothers won't return if any people or pets are present.||Place baby in shallow box close to where it was found. Keep it warm but out of the sun. Watch for the mother for 4-6 hours. Stay completely out of sight. Mothers won't return if any people or pets are present.|
b. Did the mother return?
|Leave the area. The baby is ok.||Call a local rehabilitator|
If you find baby rabbits: If their nest has been damaged it can be repaired.
Look for a shallow depression lined with grass/fur. Place babies in nest with light layers of grass to hide them. Leave the area, or the mother won't return. (Mothers return only at dawn and dusk)
If you find healthy bunnies that are 4-5 inches long, able to hop, with eyes open and ears up, they do NOT need help. They are able to survive on their own. Leave them alone. Questions? Call a local rehabilitator.
If you find a fawn: Mothers normally leave their babies to feed. Many times fawns are responsible for hiding themselves. Sometimes they do a good job, and sometimes they don't.
If baby looks cold, hungry, diseased, or confused, or if dogs, other animals, or people threaten its safety; Call a local rehabilitator.
Otherwise, leave the baby alone and leave the area. The mother will not return if people or pets are present.
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