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

Sometimes it is obvious when an animal is injured, but other times it might not be clear. You should be very cautious when approaching a wild animal, but usually a healthy animal will run before you ever get close. If you suspect an animal might be injured, you can observe it from a distance to see if it's moving and behaving normally. If you're unsure, ask an adult for help, and remember that you can call a licensed rehabilitator or veterinarian for advice!

Even if the injured animal lets you get close – DO NOT TOUCH IT or attempt to handle it. You could get a nasty bite, or even scare the animal to death! Ask an adult for help.

Whatever you do – DO NOT try to feed the animal or treat it yourself at home! Wild animals are very difficult to care for properly, and as mentioned before, it can take a lot of specialized training to do it well. Improper care can do much more harm than good, so make sure your first priority is to tell an adult and bring the animal to a professional rehabilitation facility.

Click each animal's picture to find out what to do if you find these animals in need of help! Remember sick or injured wildlife are stressed. Keep them in a dark, quiet location and stay out of their site until you can transfer them to a rehabilitator or veterinarian.

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What to do for Injured Wildlife

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