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 time. Click 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.
Scroll 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.