Welcome Green Monsters! We're your online guide to making conscious choices that help people, animals and the planet.
Download food monster: the biggest, baddest, yummiest vegan food app!
Buy the #EatForThePlanet book
single

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR Newsletter

  GET FOOD MONSTER AppX

This time of year, coinciding with Earth Day, the nursery at the South Florida Wildlife Center (SFWC) is bursting at the seams with wild youngsters who have been orphaned or abandoned. Often, close to 300 patients at a time are housed here. The youngest and most fragile are kept together in temperature- and humidity-controlled walk-in incubators, many fed every 15 minutes for 10 hours a day. The injured receive bandage changes, medication and physical therapy.

Earth Day is a perfect time to remind people what to do when they encounter wildlife who may need help.

SFWC has seen and heard almost everything relating to wildlife encounters — ranging from the most life-affirming to the truly bizarre — but we recently heard a new one: “There’s a baby raccoon in my toilet!” the caller said. “He’s been in there all night, and I really have to ‘go.’ Help!”

It's Baby Season For Wildlife – Heres What to Do If You Spot an Animal In Need

Courtesy Photo/The HSUS

 

The anxious man texted us a photo and, sure enough, there was a helpless critter in his toilet: a wet and agitated opossum. The industrious, recently-weaned marsupial had likely entered the house through a doggie door, open window or structural hole, made his way to the commode, and tried to take a drink, only to tumble in and get stuck. With our expert assistance, the bedraggled houseguest was fished out, found to be unhurt, and freed.

Most wildlife encounters are likely to be less dramatic, but people can often easily assist wild youngsters in trouble, harmoniously co-existing and helping to preserve and protect the ecosystem.

For instance, if you see a featherless bird or tiny pink squirrel fallen from its nest, unless you see signs of obvious injury, you can often successfully re-nest them. Mothers are not deterred by “people smells.” Ideally, you should replace them in their actual nest. You can also use a box with drainage and soft bedding safely secured as close to the original nest as possible. Mother squirrels will retrieve fallen babies, and most birds will continue to feed their young as long as they are in a safe spot close to the nest site.

Jesus Aranguren / HSUS

Wildlife mothers are clever about camouflaging their nurseries, which is why so many are accidentally disturbed by humans. And as we all know, these moms sometimes choose undesirable spots – like your attic or crawl space.

What many people don’t know is that these mothers will almost always move their babies to a better spot if they are humanely encouraged to move along. If you can’t wait a few weeks for them to grow up and leave on their own – which they WILL do – you can try techniques including shining lights into the area, playing a radio in the vicinity, or using natural substances like cider vinegar, to humanely encourage the mother to relocate her family.

One thing you should never do is board up the entrance to an attic or crawl space. Sadly, this happens frequently, and the outcome is never good. Doing so traps the babies inside — with or without their mother, this is a death sentence. Humane wildlife removal professionals can extricate the family from your home and install an exclusionary device to prevent any new unwanted tenants. Once they are in your yard, the mother will move her babies to an outdoor nest site.

Michelle Riley/The HSUS

You can also avoid disrupting wildlife families outdoors. Before you prune or remove trees, check to see if there are wild families living there. In addition to scanning for nests on branches, remember that some species of birds and raptors nest in hidden tree cavities. Moving or disturbing these nests can hurt the animals’ chances for survival.

Another incentive to wait before trimming: saving on electricity. Tree trimming during the warmer months takes away shade, causing a wasteful increase in energy consumption. Cutting, trimming and pruning during spring and early summer can also lead to diseased trees and intrusion of pests that harm trees. Early winter is the best time to trim branches when trees are dormant.

Nests aren’t just in trees. When gardening, mowing the lawn or visiting the woodpile, please be on the lookout. Rabbits, chipmunks, ground squirrels, skunks and many other creatures often nest at or below ground.

Michelle Riley/The HSUS

As for youngsters spotted in nests or on the ground and seemingly uninjured, SFWC’s counsel is almost always “If You Care, Leave Them There.” Typically, these youngsters are not abandoned or orphaned. Their parents are most likely foraging or may be warily watching you from afar before returning to their young.

Sometimes, expert assistance is essential. If your cat brings home a baby animal, veterinary care is required for the infant. Young opossums whose mother is dead or was chased away and left them behind will need raising. A nestling who tumbles from a tree and has visible wounds will need treatment, as will wild infants hit by cars or clipped by lawn mowers. In these cases, consult a veterinarian, animal control, or a wildlife rehabilitator. If you are located near SFWC, bring the animal to us.

While we do all we can to help our patients survive and thrive, the best place for wildlife babies, like human babies, is with their mother.
Thank you for being a wildlife family defender on Earth Day and year-round! To support SFWC click here.

Lead image source: Michelle Riley/The HSUS

Want to read more posts like this? Sign up for our newsletter below!​

Browse through some recent posts below:

The Dark Side of Horse Racing: Losers Are Shipped to Slaughter in Mexico and Canada

This Young Elephant Will Be Isolated and Beaten Until She Learns to Fear Humans Unless We Act Now

Nutrients Your Dog Needs and How to Tell if They’re Getting Them

Nutrients Your Dog Needs and How to Tell if He's Getting Them

A First-Hand Look at Rescuing and Returning Street Dogs in India

A Real Look at Rescuing and Returning Street Dogs in India

Disclosure: One Green Planet accepts advertising, sponsorship, affiliate links and other forms of compensation, which may or may not influence the advertising content, topics or articles written on this site. Click here for more information.

2 comments on “It’s Baby Season For Wildlife – Heres What to Do If You Spot an Animal In Need”

Click to add comment
Sarah Jack
6 Days ago

My husband and I have been married for 3 and a half years. In June it will be 7 years that we have been a part of each other lives. Recently he found out about a guy I slept with when we were separated and I did not tell him about. Before we got married we both agreed to let everything out and start fresh. I didn’t tell him. I was embarrassed bc the guy and I never actually had sex…just everything that led up to it. not to mention it was my brothers best friend and a huge mistake. well it came out recently along with some lies. A friend told my husband I cheated on him and I have never cheated on my husband nor would I ever. He is convinced I am a cheater. we have 2 beautiful kids and all I have ever wanted is a happy family. my kids and my husband truly are my everything. I can not see a future where my husband is not in it. I want to do whatever I can to save my marriage but I feel my husband is already set on the divorce. I know I could have been a better wife to him….a wife he deserves but now I fee like I have realized it too late. I look at my kids and I hate myself for allowing myself to break my family apart. I know my husband is not perfect and he has hurt me tremendously these past 5 years we have been off and on but we made it through for a reason. I love him and I want to save my marriage, one day a friend of my introduce me to a spell caster online who lift me up gave me hope and with-in 2 days after his spell my husband who told me he needed a divorce, called me and take me back home to me i must say today we are happily as one big family again all thanks to Dr joy a father and a real spell caster.Contact email address [email protected] Call him +2348100452479.


Reply
lizzy dixon
7 Days ago

I want to let the world know about Doctor abel the Great spell caster that brought back my husband to me when i thought all hope was lost. Doctor abel used his powerful spell to put a smile on my face by bringing back my man with his spell, at first i thought i was dreaming when my husband came back to me on his knees begging me to forgive him and accept him back and even since then he loves me more than i ever expected so i made a vow to my self the i will let the World know about Doctor abel because he is a God on earth. Do you have problems in your relationship ? have your partner broke up with you and you still love and want him back ? Do you have problem with your finance ? or do you need help of any kind then contact Doctor abel today for i give you 100% guarantee that he will help you just as he helped me. Doctor abel email is: [email protected] or whatsApp him +2347059073543


Reply
John Cooney
15 Days ago

Powerful Effective Love Spell Get Your Ex Back About a month ago I got back to my ex(after 2 and half years separated).Everything was ok and she was the most adorable woman in the world. she spoke about wedding ceremony, how many kids we would have, said that our relationship was the most important thing in her life and he was 100% sure about it…Then he traveled to work in other country for 3 weeks. he changed his behavior completely. he disappeared every night, was saying she had to do some work and would talk to me later, but disappeared the rest of the day and night… no explanation, when I asked why she was disappearing every night, she stopped answering me. she’s ignoring me since last week, April 15. she ignored even my birthday, that was April 16. Not even a message. I wrote to her a few times trying to understand what happened, she read but just ignored me.I feel so bad cause I couldn’t stop contacting and trying to understand what happened.i loved her so much and wanted to get her back, then i was told to contact [email protected] who can help out with a love spell to reunite your relationship back, so instantly do contact him and give him a try and trust me he did an urgent effective love spell for me and with 46hours promise he made to me, my woman was back, today i testify to you all that you should seek and contact Dr happy for his spell result is genuine sure and guarantee unite and get your ex back save your marriage/relationship problem now, email [email protected] you can also know more about his spell Blogs site.http://happylovespel.blogspot.com.ng/ Whatsapp/cal +2348133873774 Web http://happylovespel.webs.com/


Reply
Olivia Stephen form Tx,USA
18 Days ago

Save Your Relationship and Get Your Ex Boyfriend/Girlfriend Back!contact: [email protected] is certainly the best spell caster online and his result is 100% guarantee.
My Name Olivia Stephen form Tx,USA. After 12years of marriage, me and my husband has been into one quarrel or the other until he finally left me and moved to California to be with another woman. I felt my life was over and my kids thought they would never see their father again. i tried to be strong just for the kids but i could not control the pains that torments my heart, my heart was filled with sorrows and pains because i was really in love with my husband. Every day and night i think of him and always wish he would come back to me, I was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a website that suggested that Dr Unity can help get ex back fast. So, I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he told me what to do and i did it then he did a Love spell for me. 28 hours later, my husband really called me and told me that he miss me and the kids so much, So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake,and for the pain he caused me and the kids. Then from that day,our Marriage was now stronger than how it were before, All thanks to Dr Unity. he is so powerful and i decided to share my story on the internet that Dr.Unity real and powerful spell caster who i will always pray to live long to help his children in the time of trouble, if you are here and you need your Ex back or your husband moved to another woman, do not cry anymore, contact this powerful spell caster now. Here’s his contact
Call/WhatsApp: +2348071622464
Email: [email protected]
Website:https://unityspelltemple126848969.wordpress.com .


Reply
George Cruz
1 Months Ago

GET YOUR EX BACK URGENTLY, WITH URGENT LOVE SPELL THAT GUARANTEE DR HAPPY IS TRULY THE BEST AFRICA ONLINE SPELL CASTER EMAIL [email protected] I have been in a relationship for 3 years, me and my partner live here in England, we lived in two different cities which was only 2 hours away. she used to drive down to see me every week before for the past 2 years.i moved to the same city 4 months now, i thought it was a good thing that i would be more closer to her.she saw me in the first month of when i moved. then she never saw me in the next 3 months, she never bothered to make the effort.then she got a job in London about 2 months ago and she said she would see me but never did.these last 2months she has been avoiding my calls and since he moved he makes excuses saying she is ‘tired’ or ‘busy’ and that she was sleeping’. she always makes these excuses, I’ve been crying my eyes out, I’m lost, confused, heart broken. i feel like it’s all my fault and i don’t want to lose her, all she told me was that the relationship is over she blocked me on whatsapp and facebook. now i begged her to consider me but she’s did listen, she left and i was devastated, i began searching for help and answers, then i heard about a man that can cast a spell to remind her of all the things we have been through together, at first I was scared then i decided to give it a try, and like magic my girlfriend came back, apology and begging for forgiveness, thanks to this man, I’m posting this to help people with similar issues.
mail him @.... [email protected]
Whatsapp him or better still call...+2348133873774
You can also view on his Blogs site... https://happylovespell2.blogspot.com.ng/


Reply


Subscribe to our Newsletter




Follow us on


Do Not Show This Again

×

Submit to OneGreenPlanet


Terms & Conditions ×
  GET FOOD MONSTER APPX