Is the Animal Really an Orphan?
Seeing a baby wild animal alone does not mean the animal is orphaned. For
example, wild rabbits and deer often stay away from their young for long periods of
here to find out if the
animal you’re seeing is orphaned, injured or perfectly fine.
You should know that a baby
wild animal’s best chance of survival is
to be raised by its own parent(s), since the parents teach their young vital
survival skills. This is why our first priority is to see if a seemingly
orphaned baby can be reunited with its parents, rather than automatically taken
to a rehabilitator.
If you have found an injured, orphaned or ill animal or bird, please contact a Wildlife Rehabilitator
as soon as possible.
Click here to be directed to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Distressed Wildlife site.
down on the DEEP page until you see a list of animals. Click on the
appropriate link and you will be directed to list of state-appointed Wildlife
Rehabilitators in Connecticut , for that species. Select the rehabilitator closest to you.
What You Need To Know When Rescuing WildlifeSafety is the first
priority…for you, your pets and for wildlife.
Contact a permitted Wildlife
Rehabilitator as soon as possible.
Keep handling to a minimum, always wear gloves, and avoid direct contact with baby animals such as raccoons, foxes,
skunks, bats, as these are considered rabies vector species (RVS). Only someone vaccinated against the rabies virus should handle these animals.
If you must remove the animal from immediate danger, wearing gloves, gently place the animal in a box with
fleece, a tee shirt or sweatshirt, in a warm safe, quiet place (away from household pets). Be sure the
animal can breathe in the enclosure (punch holes in a box), but cannot escape (the enclosure needs a cover). The animal is traumatized and needs
to feel as secure as possible.
Baby animals need to be kept
warm. A heating pad set to the low temperature placed under the box containing the animal, chemical hand warmers or a warmed bag of rice wrapped in fleece and placed next to the
fleece the animal is cuddled in, can help to keep the animal warm. The heat source
cannot be hot, nor can it be placed against the animal’s fur or skin,
because this can burn the animal and cause additional harm.
Never feed the baby animal.
Feeding an injured, traumatized, cold animal can cause additional harm and
sometimes death to that animal.