Thursday, May 15, 2014

Does that Baby Bunny Really Need Your Help?

While stumbling upon a baby animal brings out the maternal
instincts in all of us, spotting a baby animal all alone doesn't 
necessarily mean he's an orphan.
At this time of year, it’s not unusual to see teeny bunnies or squirrels wandering around alone.

While stumbling upon a baby animal usually brings out the maternal instincts in all of us, spotting a baby animal all alone doesn't necessarily mean he's an orphan.

Many wildlife parents leave their young alone during the day, sometimes for long periods. The mother is usually nearby and quite conscious of her young. Also, keep in mind that despite their small size, many young animals are actually independent enough to fend for themselves.

How can you tell if an animal needs your help or should be left alone? If an animal needs your help, you will see one or more of the following signs:

  • A wild animal presented to you by a cat or dog
  • Bleeding
  • An apparent or obvious broken limb
  • Shivering or coldness to the touch
  • Evidence of a dead parent nearby
  • Unusual or uneven loss of fur
  • Difficult or raspy breathing or sneezing
  • Body covered in fleas
If you have found a sick or injured wild juvenile or baby animal, please contact Ottawa Humane Society's Emergency Services at 613-725-1532.

For more information related to wildlife, visit the OHS website at ottawahumane.ca.

Natalie Pona
Manager: Communications

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