A quick guide to dealing with injured wildlife
LEAVE ME ALONE, DONT FEED ME AND GET ME TO HOSPITAL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Try to see things from the animals point of view.
THE BEAR HUG
If as a human you were captured by a bear and then taken to his cave and told in “bear language” that he was going to make you better, you would not relax, in fact, most of us would die of shock. Animals are not cuddled in the wild - the only time another species touches them is when they are going to eat them!
Just imagine your not well and trying to sleep and a giant kept peeling back the roof to look at you, how safe would you feel? You would either go into shock or flee for your life. Do not ‘peek’ at wildlife once you have it contained or show friends and family - leave well alone. Just as a ‘peeping- giant’ speaking in a different language would not relax you, your voice will not sooth wildlife.
DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS YOU HAVE RESCUED
The 1st thing you should do is contact a Wildlife Rescue or a Vet. NIL BY MOUTH Ambulances do not bring McDonalds and Coca-Cola on Emergency calls - Animals do not need food or drink either - in fact, the wrong food could kill them.
KEEP THEM WARM
The first step of emergency treatment is to keep warm so that you can conserve energy. What little energy you have will go to your vital organs to protect them. THIS IS CALLED SHOCK. Animals cannot and will not feed when they are in shock. We rehydrate and in most cases we don't feed any real food for 24 hours. Keep the animals warm, away from humans, dark and quiet and get it to your nearest wildlife rescue and always call for advice first.
If you found an injured human you would get him or her to a hospital as soon as possible - PLEASE, give wildlife the same chance.