Spring is here and before you know it the babies will be born. Not human babies, but birds and animal babies. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you happen to come across a young one.
If you see a baby bird on the ground chances are at least one parent is close by watching. It’s best to leave the little one alone unless you are sure there is a good chance it will be hurt by a cat or something else. If you must pick it up, do so only if you think you can put it back in its nest. Even then, there’s a good chance it’s going to be back on the ground sooner than later. If the bird is covered with feathers it’s probably right where it’s supposed to be. If it doesn’t have feathers, then once again try and find the nest and put it back. Don’t worry about human scent on the bird, mom and dad will still take care of it.
Late spring is also the time of year when deer have their fawns. People often mistake a resting fawn for a deer that’s been abandoned. More times than not, the fawn are right where mom left it while she searches for food. She’ll also leave her little ones so as to distract predators away from them. Fawns are born almost completely without out scent, and with beautiful spotted camouflage. Mom typically checks on her fawn a few times a day, but often leaves them for hours at a time. However, as long as mom knows you’re near, she probably won’t show herself or check on her baby. If you must move a fawn, do your best to place it in an area where you last saw the female, and where there is plenty of foliage to properly conceal the fawn.
If you do happen upon an injured bird or animal, do not bring it to your veterinarian. Instead, call an animal rehabilitator. In Massachusetts, the link below will help you find just who you need.
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