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Help! Animal in distress! (quick definition of an emergency(what is an animal?)

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Scroll down for specific info on orphaned babies and injured animals

The Hospital receives numerous inquiries each day from people who have found baby birds or other animals that seem to need help. In order to decide just what sort of help is appropriate, it is important to understand both the situation and the realities of intervention.

Most babies should be left alone, for many good reasons. On the other hand, truly sick or injured animals may benefit greatly from your help - and from ours! Our Hospital has treated more than 40,000 wild animal patients since it was founded.

However, certain situations are simply not conducive to intervention. For instance, Sandhill Cranes are notorious for leg injuries. But cranes with broken legs typically can still fly; thus capture is virtually impossible. Additionally, treatment for leg fractures is only successful immediately after the initial injury. After only a couple of days, tissue damage is so great that it cannot be repaired. On the fortunate side, we know of many cranes with leg impairments who are living successful lives without treatment.

Similarly, on a purely practical level, we are unable to help the pelican wearing fish hooks that is swimming in the ocean, or the raccoon who ran into the bushes after being hit by a car. It is simply impossible to locate or capture certain animals.

Also, many normal behaviors are misunderstood as indications of a problem. For instance, the Wood Stork's common resting posture is often a terrific imitation of a crippled bird! Herons, hawks, owls, and ospreys will often sit in one place for hours at a time, even on the ground. This does not indicate distress.

Perhaps the quickest way to decide if a problem truly exists is to walk up to the animal. If it runs or flies away in a normal manner, you may assume that there was no significant problem. If instead the animal allows you to drop a towel or box over it, then you have accomplished a necessary rescue!

Call us and we will walk you through an analysis of the situation. If necessary we will suggest means of capture, confinement, and transportation. And if you are too far away to bring the animal here, we will help you locate a rehabilitator in your state or area.

Injured animals - more detailed info here  <|> Babies - more detailed info here













A perfectly normal Wood Stork may appear to be hurt when it is not......

.....but this raccoon certainly has a problem!


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