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If you find a baby animal... it is best to leave him alone... their mommy may be close by and return to get her baby... she may have only left the baby to find food. If the baby is injured, or you know the mommy is not coming back, it is best to contact your veterinarian (usually my choice as I trust his judgement), humane society, DNR or wildlife rehabilitator to find out what to do. Injured animals are likely to bite... which not only hurts, but can cause you to possibly become very sick.
I do not include these pages to encourage children to do this, rather I hope to share this love I have for animals and information so the kids can learn from it. If you enjoy animals, you may wish to study more about animals and animal care. Finding a career working with animals, I think, would be a wonderful job! Sometimes stories can be sad (as with our chipmunks) or happy (as with our raccoons).
I am also not one who believes that wildlife animals should not be caged or kept as a pet... they belong in the wild. In some cases, I know an animal can not be released, possibly due to injuries that restrict their movement, ways to find food and/or protect theirselves. To learn about other reasons animals are taken in, visit your local zoo, or visit them on the internet. Personally... I have enjoyed watching the raccoons I raised from babies running around the woods in their natural habitat.
Caring for baby animals... it takes many hours (we feed him every half hour, day and night)... money... (pedialyte cost us nearly $6.00) and that's just the beginning to what he will need in the future. If he makes it, he will need fresh fruits, nuts, grains and other feed. His cage will need to be large in size so he can have enough room to run and play (excercise is important)... and finding a wildlife rehabber who will take him or releasing him back to the wild... will be happy, because his growth was a success... and at the same time sad... because we become attached to every animal we care for.
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