I found a baby animal. . .

Birds

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Most species of birds, especially small birds, grow up very quickly—from hatching to fledging within a couple of weeks. They are not usually capable fliers when they first leave the nest, and may spend a couple of weeks fluttering and hopping while their parents continue to feed them.

 

 

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Watch. Energetic active birds are probably fine. The bird pictured here is too young to hop or flutter, and its feathers have not grown enough. Such birds can often be re-nested, even if you can’t find or reach the original nest. Call for advice!

 

 

 

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Just-fledged birds might have very stubby tails and wing feathers that have not fully emerged. The bird pictured here is a fledgling.

If you notice fledglings on the ground, do what you can to make sure neighborhood cats stay indoors.

 

 

 

Mammals

SIGNS THAT AN ANIMAL NEEDS HELP:skinny possum

  • Crying
  • Weak, or listless
  • Obvious injuries
  • Hit by a car
  • Shivering
  • Cool to the touch
  • Caught by a cat or other predator
  • Near a dead female nearby that appears to have been nursing
  • Attracting flies

If you see a baby that is too small and helpless to be out of a nest or den, watch from afar to see if a parent comes for it.

 

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YOUNG THAT ARE USUALLY UNATTENDED:

White-tailed deer fawns

Cottontail rabbits

Snowshoe hare

 

 

 

Lydia

YOUNG THAT SELDOM WANDER
WITHOUT MOTHER:

Skunks

Raccoons

Opossums