When to help wildlife babies

By Anna Carrera

Published 04/24 2014 04:44PM

Updated 04/24 2014 05:21PM

URBANA -- Wild baby animals are one of the sure signs of spring. If you've been out much lately, you've probably seen them around.

Sometimes they're exploring their new home with mom close by. But, if not, it's not always a sign that something's wrong. Even though your instinct may be to rescue them, sometimes they're fine where they are.

Around this time of year, the Wildlife Medical Clinic at UI starts to get pretty crowded. People see tiny animals, figure they've been abandoned and bring them in.

If you can tell if they're in harm's way, animal experts say it's okay to move them somewhere safe or back into a nest. You may have heard the myth if you touch a wild animal, its parents won't want it anymore. But, that's not true.

Sometimes young animals really do need help if you can tell if they're weak or hurt. If that's the case, bring them to the Wildlife Clinic. Veterinarians will care for them for free. To see one up close, attend the upcoming Orphan Animal Baby Shower.

Orphan Animal Baby Shower
Prairieland Feeds
Saturday, 4/26
10 am - 2 pm

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