While the warmer weather of spring seems far away, it won’t be long until our backyards come back to life with blooming flowers and wildlife babies galore!
As we welcome these new visitors you may find a baby animal that is unattended by a parent. This is not something human parents would do, but it is completely normal behavior for wildlife parents. Unless something seems amiss, remember to keep your distance and leave it alone. Human intervention is always a wild animal’s LAST resort for survival, NEVER its best hope.
It can be difficult to know what to do when you come across a baby animal that may or may not be injured or orphaned, so we came up with tips on what to do if you find specific wildlife species. Find a baby bird? Raccoon? Fawn? Visit wildohio.gov/staywild for exactly what to do, and what NOT to do!