When babies are infants or very young, mother is always nearby. Mothers will not return to their young with humans in sight but they rarely abandon their babies.
There is no truth to the tale that a mother will not go back to babies that have been handled by humans.
Fledgling birds spend 1-2 weeks on the ground learning to fly and being cared for by their parents. Featherless, downy or incompletely feathered baby birds that fall from the nest may be re-nested. Contact a rehabilitator for instructions.
If you suspect that an animal has been caught or bitten by a cat – even if no puncture wounds are visible – the creature must be put on antibiotics right away. Bacteria in a cat’s saliva will cause infection, and, if untreated, the animal will die. Contact Safe Haven immediately.
NEVER give water or food, including milk, which is especially deadly, to an injured or orphaned animal.
NEVER leave pets or children outside when a fledgling is on the ground.
NEVER cut a tree down without looking to see if there’s a squirrel or bird’s nest in it.
NEVER allow pets or children to disturb a rabbit’s nest.
Our mission as licensed wildlife rehabilitators is to help orphaned, injured or debilitated wildlife, so they may continue their natural roles in nature.