The Best Way to Care for Baby Wildlife

You found baby wildlife. What now?

Dr. Jordan Gentry, TAMU Vet Med 31 March 2014

Good to Know:

  • If you see baby wildlife, leave them where they are instead of trying to take them to the vet, where their chances of survival decrease as they are away from their parents.
  • For birds found on the ground, Dr. Gentry says to move them back to their nest or hang a basket from a tree limb so they're out of the way of predators.

COLLEGE STATION - Spring is upon us and that means mating season is in full swing.

The Texas A&M College of Vet Medicine is reminding everyone that if you see any baby birds or other animals that may look abandoned, leave them where you found them.

Experts remind us that touching them or removing them from their natural environment will do more harm than good.

"Lots of animals use a similar defensive behavior to protect their offspring. They don't want predators finding their babies so they limit the number of times they come to where the babies are hiding," said Dr. Jordan Gentry with the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Instead of taking baby birds to the vet, try to put them back in their nest or hang a basket from a branch so they're safe from predators.

Dr. Gentry says that leaving them in the wild is better than trying to raise them in captivity.

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