FOUND AN INJURED ANIMAL?
DO NOT provide any food or water to the animal. If the animal is too cold, stressed, or injured, feeding or offering water can prove fatal. Many well-intentioned people have accidentally caused aspiration and choking.
DO NOT handle the animal once it is contained. Petting, holding, and touching is extremely stressful and can contribute to further injury or the animal going into shock.
Keep the animal in a calm, quiet, dark, and warm location to reduce stress until it can be transported to a licensed rehabilitation facility.
Cover the box or carrier with a thin towel or sheet.
When it is time to transport an animal...
If it is decided that an animal needs to come in for care, you will be asked to transport the animal to our wildlife hospital. All wild birds are protected by law. State and federal laws prohibit you from having any protected wildlife in your possession, even temporarily, unless you are transporting an injured animal to receive medical attention. Please follow the instructions below after you have contacted a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
CAPTURE, CARE, & TRANSPORT
Find a towel, blanket, or light weight material that will completely cover the animal.
Find a well-ventilated box, plastic tub, or pet carrier. Line the inside with a towel.
Completely cover the animal with the material and gently restrain them.
Place the animal in your well-ventilated enclosure for transport.
If you are uncomfortable handling the animal you can also place a cardboard box.
Cover the animal and contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for further assistance.
The staff at Nature's Educators is here to help provide assistance with wildlife emergencies. If you call us and do not reach someone right away, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. Please do not transport an injured animal to us without first speaking with one of our rehabilitation staff members.