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By Ct Dept of Environmental Protection & VCA Cromwell
Published: April 29, 2010

It's that time of year again! Time for baby birds and animals to be born or to leave the nest--and the time of year when many baby birds and animals are "rescued" by Good Samaritans.

BE CAUTIOUS! Never touch any wild animal if it can be avoided and keep your children and pets away.  If you do need to touch an animal, you should wear gloves to protect yourself and the animal. In most cases, an animal that bites or scratches a person will need to be euthanized so that rabies testing can be performed. You should be aware that wild birds and mammals may carry diseases, such as West Nile or Rabies, that ARE transmittable to humans or pets.

ASSESS THE SITUATION BEFORE PICKING UP AN ANIMAL!
Wild animals often leave their young unattended for several hours or more. Be aware that animals thought to be orphans may NOT need your assistance. Do not intervene unless you are CERTAIN that the animal is orphaned, it is obviously injured or it is in immediate danger. If you SUSPECT that an animal may be orphaned, watch from a distance for a minimum of several hours and allow the mother animal a chance to reunite with the orphan.

CALL YOUR LOCAL ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER , POLICE DEPARTMENT OR DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DISPATCH (860-424-3333) FOR ASSISTANCE WITH ANY ANIMALS THAT ARE ACTING STRANGELY
(stumbling, staggering, walking in circles, dragging a limb or it's hind end, approaching people or pets in an aggressive manner). Remember, it is ILLEGAL for any person, other than a state appointed rehabilitator, to care for wildlife. If you think an animal or bird needs help, contact a wildlife rehabilitator.

Links:
CT Dept of Environmental Protection
Connecticut Wildlife Rehabilitators Association

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