How To Care For Injured Wildlife

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Published on July 6, 2018 | Animals

If you’re reading this, then you’re probably an avid animal lover with a few pets to call your own. Some days, you might come across injured, orphaned or lost wildlife near your home or office. As an animal lover, you’d probably want to help them get to safety. Here’s how you can care for wildlife while keeping yourself safe and well-protected:

Rescuing Injured Wildlife

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The first thing to do is remove the animal from direct threat, whether that be on-coming traffic, your swimming pool or other predators. Animals that are in pain won’t usually want to be touched, so be sure it won’t struggle and worsen its injury.  Remember also to protect yourself from bites and scratches by using gloves or thick towels. Place the animal in a warm and safe cardboard box that is well ventilated.


Transporting Injured Wildlife

Place the cardboard box or container with the animal inside, into your vehicle. Make sure it is restrained so the animal won’t be jostled about during the drive, and don’t forget to inform the vet of your impending arrival.


Caring for Injured Wildlife

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In most countries, keeping and caring for wildlife in your home is illegal. It’s best to leave this to certified professionals. Remember those wild animals have special physical and dietary needs and some are naturally aggressive and poisonous, venomous and/or diseased. You could, however, provide some water to help ease the animal’s thirst.

If you’re unsure how to care for injured or stranded wildlife, it’s best to simply call for help and wait until it arrives. Other ways you can help is by donating or volunteering at wildlife and environmental conservation groups, reduce your use of pesticides and other chemicals, plant a wildlife garden in your backyard or become a wildlife rehabilitator.

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