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Wildlife Rehabilitation:

Healing ill, injured, and orphaned wildlife and releasing them back to their native habitats.

Please contact a professional before making any decisions about an animal you have rescued. The internet is not a substitute for professional care. Oftentimes it is illegal to rehabilitate wildlife without a license.

Please provide a rough location: city/state/province/country when making a submission. This helps us help you more efficiently.


Wild Animal Rescue Basics:

Remember to play it safe: Please contact and ask a wildlife professional before intervening with wildlife. Oftentimes they don't actually need our help!

First, ask yourself if you can safely capture the animal without getting hurt yourself or possibly harming the animal? There are resources available here and here for safe capture information.

1) Keep the animal in a Warm, Dark, Quiet & Secure location: a box, rubbermaid tote with holes punched for air, or pet carrier are all reasonably safe temporary options.

Bring the animal indoors and keep it away from any other humans or animals.

Avoid handling, it might be tempting to show friends and children, but not good for this animal- it is naturally scared of people.

Covering the temporary enclosure with a bed sheet or a towel is generally another good way to keep visual stress to a minimum.

Animals that are naked OR at risk of hypothermia due to injury/illness- often require a heat source to maintain relative homeostasis. Heat sources should not be above a tolerable threshold if it feels like it would burn you, it will likely burn them. If the animal is panting or moving away from the heat source it is probably too hot.

2)Nothing By Mouth! Offering food and water can actually further injure or distress the animal you are trying to help, best to leave the food and water to the professionals.

3)Take the animal to a Wildlife Rehabilitator ASAP!

Directories of Wildlife Rehabilitators:

https://ahnow.org/#/ - Animal Help Now

https://www.nwrawildlife.org/ - Wildlife Rehabilitation Directory

https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/how-find-wildlife-rehabilitator- Wildlife Rehabilitation Directory

Key Word Search Terms- Wildlife Rescue, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Wildlife Veterinarian, and using a location.

  • If attempts to contact a wildlife rehabilitator are not responded to in a timely manner (within a few hours): It is generally acceptable to bring the animal to the wildlife rehabilitator without making contact first, or simply upon your arrival letting the rehabilitator know you tried making contact without a response. Wildlife rehabilitators are rarely 24 hours service providers. They are also rarely able to go out and retrieve animals and need rescuers to bring the animals to them.

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Help with crow!!

23:52 UTC


Is this fox emaciated?

there’s a fox who spends all the time in my yard. I used to just see them at night, but now he sleeps on my shed and is out during the daytime. I don’t mind, my yard is actually really safe from predators and I only have indoor pets. But he looks emaciated, and I’m worried. Am I wrong that foxy here is too skinny?


16:22 UTC


Black bird help

Cats brought in this black bird, I think it’s leg is injured and it cannot fly, how should I approach it? I’ve given it some raspberries as they enjoy eating them, what else should I do

06:56 UTC


How to keep homeboy alive till tomorrow evening. Have him outside in a dog cage with he sitting on a blanket.

He can fly but only like 5ft and he can’t get much air rolling.

Gave him a bottle cap of water.

03:38 UTC


Injured female cardinal

I can’t grab a picture of her at the moment. I found an injured female cardinal in my neighbors drive way, a dog was pawing at her as she was flapping around.

She’s currently on a towel, in a box, in the furthest closet away from us people to help her shock and stress.

I called our wild bird/song bird rehabilitation and they provided me with one number to call. I’ve waited five hours and no call back yet. Can anyone else provide rehabilitation information for me? Zip code: 65714

I don’t want to keep her longer than necessary as I believe she needs treatment and would die if I were to plop her on the ground outside. She’s vocal, (ate 3 sunflower seeds from wild bird mix) hopping ish, cannot flap or walk well.

Edit: zip code was too long

Update: spry, vocal, ate some, exploring box (can’t walk well or flap, her tail is sideways) will try rehabilitations again tomorrow when they open

20:11 UTC


Need Assistance with Baby Doves

Picture of the babies in the nest: https://i.imgur.com/1O0RSP7.jpeg

We have been watching a pair of doves raise some babies in a tree in our yard. Today as we were coming home, we watched a hawk attack one of the parents right next to the nest. The attack was quick and resulted in a cloud of feathers, but the dove and the hawk flying away in separate directions. The dove appeared to be having trouble with a wing, but by the time I tried getting to it, it had disappeared. It had to have at least flown a bit to escape, because there were fences blocking all escape routes from where I would have been able to find it. I wasn't able to locate it to see if it would survive.

I've been watching the nest, and neither parent has returned to the nest in the last 1.5-2 hours. What should I do? Should I wait longer to see if they return? Should I take them to the nearby wildlife center immediately? I'm not exactly sure how old the babies are, but they look like they have feathers at least. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

19:50 UTC


I found this bat on the side of the road. It can still crawl around, but when it tries to fly it doesn't get very far, is there anything I can do?

16:07 UTC


Wild Rabbit

Found a rabbit in the middle of the road late last night so ran to scoop it into a bag and wrapped it in a microfibre towel and it has been in the boot of the car all night. There isn’t any blood and it tried to struggle a bit after 10 minutes in the bag and this morning when checking it it has a sort of like stuck head wobble where it’s moving it’s head back and forth sort of. Could it be neurological or is it injured? If I take it to a vet will they charge me and pass it on to a rehabilitation centre or will they just kill it.. (UK)

07:46 UTC


Fawn rehab questions before first job

Hello! I got my first job at a wildlife rescue and I start in May. I'll be responsible for the fawns, among a few other animals. Unfortunately, everything I know about that is either from a textbook or from scrounging the internet. And whatever crosses over from working with domesticated animals and young children, which I don't expect to be a lot. I'm definitely going to be asking my coworkers some of these, just want to learn as much as I can :)

My main questions I can't find answers to at the moment -How much exercise and enrichment do fawns need? Starting from what age? Ways to provide this? -Minimal touching? I'm scared of stressing them out / causing capture myopathy by petting them. Is there any "safe / unsafe zones" on touching, like how full body stroking and going too close to the tail is bad for birds? -Assuming petting fawns stresses them, what are some ways to calm them? If any. Do does have any way of "disciplining" fawns? If I have to get a fawn to not repeat a behavior what should I do? Is there any way?
-I heard sexing newborns can be difficult due to not being able to identify a penis in newborn bucks. True or misconception? If true, is there a way to sex them at that age, or do I just need to wait? -After being fed and stimulated, do fawns need to be cleaned up at all? Where and how often?

Thank you everyone. I truly appreciate any answers y'all may have to my questions. And anything else you might think is important for me to know.

20:15 UTC


Wildlife Rehab student looking for help via a survey!

Hello everyone! I'm a student at MTU (Michigan Technological University) and I'm doing a class project on communication methods in the field of wildlife rehabilitation. If any rehabbers would be willing to fill out a survey for me real quick, I'd be ever grateful! It should only take around 5 minutes. You can answer the survey even if you've only rehabbed one animal before!


20:24 UTC


Bit of a morbid question but: where do sick/injured raccoons go to die?

I live in a cul-de-sac that has some woods nearby. We have an outdoor camera for the back deck. Recently, an injured raccoon (missing a big area of fur and skin on his back) has stopped by a few times. We also get possums so I'm hesitant to put a live trap out. I was hoping someone knows if there's a particular place - up in a tree, under leaves, out in the open - a hurt raccoon would go?

18:04 UTC


found this robin nest on this moldy fence that was going to be cut down tomorrow

looks like an egg or two and a couple that have just been born. Is there a way we can safely move it so the mother bird can find it?

10:41 UTC


Please help me care for injured barn owl

I live in Hawaii and on my way home I found an injured barn owl on the road. I pulled over and used a thin towel to drape over him and to pick him up. When I got home I relocated him into a small dog crate with a blanket on the bottom a small ramekin for water and towel draped over the crate to minimize stress.

The problem is that since he’s not a native bird no one will care for him Barn owls are deemed invasive so the wildlife people who care for injured birds said if I turn him in they will euthanize him.

Please dont come at me for that, I’m a vegan and I don’t have the heart to send him to his death.

I read they mainly eat mice but have been seen eating some native fledglings (hence the invasive label)

But humans are the most invasive and destructive species on this planet and we know what we are doing this owl is only doing what it knows to survive :( How can I care for him until he gets his strength back?

Update; thanks for everyone who replied. I did make the decision this morning to take him to the rehab center to be euthanized. RIP beautiful bird

08:23 UTC


Bird nest with eggs fell out, what to do? In case it’s needed, I’m in California, Bay Area

02:19 UTC


Raccoon poop question…

A raccoon pooped in our shared driveway last night. (I’m assuming it’s raccoon. Had seeds in it and I know there are raccoons around here.). A car drove over the poop so I wasn’t able to pick the poop up. I used a propane torch, after researching what to do (on concrete) to kill any eggs that might be in the poop. So that’s done. I’m wondering if I should attempt to spray down the driveway with the hose? Since then cars have come up and down our driveways so maybe what’s done is done? I can’t see any more poop but obviously a car did drive over it spreading it, I guess. Am I overthinking? Or no.

23:22 UTC


Squirrel with paralyzed hind legs - advice.

There’s an injured squirrel in my yard, appears to have no function of hind legs. I first saw it dragging itself with its front paws yesterday. Today it’s been less mobile, staying in the grass near the shade of a tree. It’s hot out there, and we are expecting rains in another couple of days.

I contacted the local wildlife rehab organization who has suggested that there will not be a way to rehabilitate it to regain function of its hind legs. They offered to euthanize it and put it out of its misery if I can transport it to them.

It’s about an hour each way, and I’m not sure I feel comfortable catching and transporting it. Or if I will be able to commit that time to get it up there, just to be euthanized. But I don’t want to let it suffer and die out there either.

Would putting food and water out front to keep it alive for longer be realistic?

What’s the most humane option for the squirrel?

21:37 UTC


I got a paying job in wildlife rehab. Will this lead to a career?

I was recently offered a job in wildlife rehab. I am being paid and the pay is not bad, for this industry. This is a big leap for me from my current career. I like my current job (a lot) and have been there for years. I decided to change careers because I always wanted to work with animals, and my current job is a dead-end career. There are no more chances for promotions or growth; it's a small business.

I have volunteered and interned at other wildlife rehabs. I enjoy it, and I'm fully aware of what it entails. That part I don't mind. I also understand how rare it is to be paid to rehab wildlife. If I accept this job, will the experience lead to growth and other positions in animal care? Will a zoo eventually hire me? I want a career in this field. I just don't want to make a jump from a current job, that I enjoy, to another dead-end career.

20:41 UTC


Skunk dying outside house

There’s a skunk dying outside the apartment I rent. The poor think is twitching and convulsing and it smells god awful. I have no idea where my landlords are. I called 311 and they transferred me to a service that said they probably can’t make it today. What can I do to alleviate her suffering??

Update: a service came. Was likely rat poison that was killing him.

21:50 UTC


HELP. Bird flew through our window and we don’t know if this guys can make a comeback

He can walk, flap its wings and the bleeding seems to have mostly stopped, what we’re really worried about is this hole in his chest. we can’t find anywhere in our area that would get it stitched up. Is this something “Pidgy” can heal from? If so, what are the next steps?

00:00 UTC


When can I remove finches?

Hi When can I evict house finches safely from my roof awning?

Thank you.

Concord, ca

16:49 UTC


my neighbor's cat was playing with a bird, planning on taking it to rehab tomorrow, what should I do in the meantime?

(before all of reddit gets mad at me for my neighbor having an outside cat, he's an old redneck, i am trying to kindly convince him to keep the cat inside but i can't just scream at this old man to keep his cat inside) i got the bird from the cat, and put it in a shoebox with holes and a towel for bedding. it was bleeding a little from the neck, but i couldn't find any wound, there or anywhere else on its body. both of its wings are missing some feathers, but it didn't look like there were any other places without feathers. should i give it any water or anything else? my location is alabama, if that would be any help or anything

edit: my mom will not take it to a rehabber. she said she used ahnow.org but couldn't find anything, and she didn't believe me when i said it couldn't fly because of his missing wings so she went in and looked at him, and felt my little brother go in, so who the hell knows what he did to him. and of course she doesn't believe that the wound is probably infected because she definitely knows best despite not knowing anything about birds or rehabbing animals! she said we could probably keep it until it's better because of course this bird doesn't need any care for its wound! i would keep trying to convince her but I don't want to be slapped and my dad will probably just think putting it outside for something to come eat it is the best idea (which might be at this point :/)

00:29 UTC


Hey listen I found this thing living and pooping in my attic, it’s been there for months. What should I do?

I know it’s some kind of domestic breed because of the features, it also seems like it can’t really actually fly, it just kinda flutters about. It was pretty weak at first, I’ve been bringing feed and water for a while now like three months, seems fine now but it doesn’t seem to be able to properly fly like a wild pigeon and besides we don’t have any wild pigeons here to stick with. Anyways, it’s been pooping in my attic for a while now, I was thinking about relocating it to my farm house is it a good idea or are these things bound to be city pigeons? I wanted to make a wooden house of some sort for it to nest in rather than in my attic, but this thing looks like easy prey so maybe it’s not a good idea to expose it to nature.

21:52 UTC


Does this look like a bat bite? It is exactly 1 cm apart.

14:00 UTC

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