Don’t pick up orphans!
We almost took in our first orphan fox cub of the year the other day, but the member of the public who called us about it acted exemplarily, doing all the right things to keep the baby with its mother. While out in her garden, a lady spotted a tiny brown baby, no more than a few days old, and called us before doing anything. Following our advice, she put the cub (while wearing gloves) on a hot water-bottle to keep it warm, leaving it in exactly the same spot she found it. Within three hours, the cub was gone and the lady heard some rustling in a bush nearby, which was probably the mother carrying her baby back home!
This story shows that it’s important to think before picking up baby animals. Most mothers may leave their young for short periods of time while feeding, which is not a reason to think that they are abandoned.
If you ever find a baby wild animal, please call us on our 24 hour Emergency Helpline 09061800132 [Note calls are charged at 50p/min plus your telephone company’s access charge to help with funding] or you local wildlife centre.
When do you think we will have our first orphan of 2016 at Wildlife Aid? And what do you think it will be?