Wildlife Encounters - 9th - 12th grade
Lesson 4: Wildlife Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation Challenges: Hiding Pain

painOne factor that complicates the medical care of wild animals is that they do not show when they are hurt or sick. In the wild, an animal that looks injured might be in danger, since weak or hurt animals are easy prey, especially if they are abandoned by other animals in their group. Because people look like predators to many wild animals, they hide if they are in pain when they are at rehabilitation facilities. This makes it hard to know how sick an animal is or if the animal needs special care.

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