Spring time means lots of new spring babies, everything from bunnies to birds. Here is some great information, rules of thumb and helpful tips on the most common baby animals you might find…
If you see a baby hare, leave it right there!
Wild rabbits, known as hares, have up to 4 batches of babies throughout the spring and each batch can have 5-12 babies. Mom only stays with her babies at night. During the day she will leave them alone for 6-12 hours at a time. Each baby gets its very own hiding spot to protect it from predators; baby hares have very little scent so it’s hard for predators to find them.
If you find a baby hare it is NOT abandoned!
There is no need to pick the baby up.
If you find baby trapped in your window well or garage just take it outside to a nice piece of grass as close to the original spot as possible.
Baby hares only need protection if they have been attacked by cats, dogs, crows or magpies. If you are concerned gently pick up the baby and look for any signs of blood. If there is no blood then leave them there!
Even if you pick the baby up, mom will not abandon it. Wild animals are much better parents than we give them credit for, so just let mom come find her baby.
Did you know that baby birds leave the nest before they are ready to fly? This is called fledging and almost all baby birds go through this. For 10-14 days after they fledge birds stay on the ground learning to fly; at this point mom and dad are still feeding and protecting them.
If you see a baby birds on the ground do not assume they are injured!
Instead watch them and see if they can hop and flap their wings. If they can, you need not disturb them or worry. Just as with hares, the only time baby birds need protection is if they have been attacked by animals or other birds. If you are concerned pick up the baby and check for any signs of broken wings or feet. If you don’t see any signs of trauma please put them back where you found them. Don’t worry, mom and dad won’t abandon them just because you have touched them.
Just because a baby can’t fly doesn’t mean it has a broken wing!
If you are concerned that an animal you have found is injured trying calling the Albert Institute for Wildlife Conservation at (403) 946-2361.
As a last resort, you may place the injured baby in a box (make sure there are air holes) and bring it into your local vet clinic.
Please remember it is illegal to try to raise ANY wild animal in your home.