Wildlife Encounters: Kindergarten - 4th Grade
Lesson 4: Rehabilitation

Reproductive Viability

For populations to survive, wild animals need to be able to reproduce and raise their babies. Some injuries prevent animals from reproducing in the future.

An example of this type of injury is a painted turtle with a broken pelvis. If the bones heal wrong, the turtle cannot lay eggs in the future. If she cannot lay eggs, she cannot play her role to help add more painted turtles to her population.

Wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians need to decide if they should release an animal like this painted turtle since she will take food and other resources from turtles that can lay eggs.

 

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