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Springtime and Baby Animals!

Did you know that a lone baby animal is usually perfectly fine on its own? Most of the time when you come across a young animal that is seemingly 'abandoned' or 'lost', it is likely either waiting for the parent to come back with food, OR it is starting to learn how to be independent, with the parents watching close by.

• Young birds like songbirds and owls often have some fluffy baby feathers left when they start learning to fly. They are very terrible at flying initially and spend a lot of time on the ground, but they are safe- mom and dad are watching out of sight nearby.

• Baby deer, like the White-tailed Deer fawn here, are frequently left tucked into safe space for hours while mom goes to forage for food on her own.

• Young bears rarely venture far from their mother, so be extremely cautious if you see one as the female is likely very close.

If you see a baby animal, its always best to leave it alone unless it is in immediate danger of injury or death. If you really think there is danger, call an animal rehabilitation centre or a conservation officer for advice first. It is easy to accidentally do harm with the intention of doing good!


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