You found a baby wild animal or injured wild animal – Now what do you do?
Contact Osage Raptor Rehab 660-438-2826 for help and information on how to handle the animal. If the voice mail answers, leave a message. If you don't receive a call back, bring the animal to Osage Raptor Rehab by 9:00 p.m. (if it is truly in need of help), or after 6:00 am the following day.
When should you help a baby bird?
If you find a young bird on the ground, that doesn’t have feathers, place the bird back into its nest. Birds DO NOT have a sense of smell so the parent bird will not desert its young if you touch it. If you can’t reach the nest, place the young in a container that has drainage holes in the bottom and hang it up in a tree where you think the nest was or in a nearby area on the same tree. Be sure to hang it in an area that is protected somewhat from rain and hot sun. The parents will continue to care for the young. If you find a young bird that is feathered, sitting on the ground, leave it there. Young birds spend one or two weeks on the ground while they are strengthening their wing muscles and learning to fly. You may help by keeping dogs and cats away from the area. The parent birds are still watching the young bird and coming down to feed him.
HOW TO RESCUE BABY BIRDS:
If you determine that the baby bird truly needs to be rescued, do the following:
1. Place feathered babies in a paper grocery sack. Secure top with clothes pin or paper clip. Put small, unfeathered babies in a small container with a soft cloth. Cover container with another towel.
2. Keep baby warm and in a quiet place until ready to transport to Osage Raptor Rehab.
3. Baby birds do not need to be fed if you are going to bring them to the Center within a few hours. Never give them water! If you have to feed them, use cat chow that has been soaked in warm water until it reaches a spongy consistency.
4. Do not handle the bird unnecessarily. Keep it away from children and pets. Call the Rehab Center - (660) 438-2826 - and bring the bird in as soon as possible.
When should you help a baby mammal?
If you find a baby mammal, such as a bunny, squirrel, skunk, deer, fox, opossum, raccoon, bat, etc., remember that leaving it with its mother is always best for its survival. Before attempting to rescue a baby mammal, be certain that it actually needs your help. Call Osage Raptor Rehab for advice – (660) 438-2826. Our phones are monitored by volunteers until 9:00 p.m. each night. If you don't receive a call back, bring the animal to Osage Raptor Rehab by 9:00 p.m. (if it is truly in need of help), or after 6:00 a.m. the following day.
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