||PICK-UP & TRANSPORT OF
- TRANSPORT VEHICLE: Never transport wildlife in
an open-air pick-up truck or the trunk of a car. Only transport
animals in a closed vehicle in well ventilated securely
closed containers. Keep car noise to a minimum. Keep radio
off, windows closed if possible and speak only in a whisper
tone. Do not bring children or pets with you.
- MATERIALS (REFER TO WIC'S WILDLIFE REHAB GUIDELINES):
Keep in car: Heavy gloves, pet carrier, hot-water bottle
filled with hot water, blanket, large towel, flannel sheet,
newspaper, flashlight, net rubber gloves, street map and
- PROPER ATTIRE: Be sure to wear long sleeves and
long pants when handling wildlife. Cover-alls made of cotton
duck cloth will protect you from scratches, dirt and the
occasional pee or poop. Be sure to have a pair of rubber
boots with good traction for cage cleaning and muddy, wet
- THE "RESCUE": It is important to get as much information
from the caller as possible regarding the animal in question.
If the call is about a baby animal you must ascertain whether
or not this animal is truly an orphan or it is simply waiting
for its mother to return. Baby deer and cottontails for
example are only fed a few times a day by their mother.
On the other hand, baby raccoons are given almost constant
care by their mother. And fledgling birds often learn to
fly from the ground up with the parents watching from overhead.
Be sure to ask how many animals there are (with orphans
be sure to look around for more that the caller may not
Be sure to get proper directions from the caller and refer
to a detailed street map.
When you arrive be sure to ask any on-lookers to go inside
or leave the area. It is also important for area cats and
dogs to be kept inside.
Approach the injured or orphaned animal slowly and deliberately.
Hesitation will cause much stress on you and the animal.
You want your rescue to be as quick and painless as possible.
Be sure to wear heavy gloves when handling mammals!
Once you have captured the animal(s) and placed them in
the appropriate container, cover the container with a towel
so that the animal is in the dark. This will keep them calm
for the car ride. If you have orphaned mammals place a hot
water bottle wrapped in flannel in the carrier with them;
chances are they are hypothermic.
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