Wildwoods sees more orphaned animals arriving, launches Amazon registry for supplies
DULUTH, Minn. – The Wildwoods Rehabilitation Center in Duluth is seeing more and more baby squirrels, rabbits and other orphaned animals brought in as the weather warms, and now the team has launched an Amazon registry to help collect essential supplies.
Many young animals are brought in after cats and dogs of pet owners dig their nests in yards, or by people who garden and cut trees.
Wildwoods staff will first try to reunite the orphaned animals with their mothers where the nest was located, but if that doesn’t work, the babies are taken care of until they are strong enough and old enough to be released into the wild.
If you spot a rabbit’s nest in your yard, there is something you can do to protect it from curious animals.
“If you find a rabbit nest, you can put it there like a laundry basket, put a stone to hold it and protect it during the day so your animals stay away, then make sure that at the At dawn and dusk, the mother rabbit has access to the babies, ”said Jessica LaBumbard, executive director of Wildwoods. “She feeds twice a day and those times are dawn and dusk.”
When you spot a baby animal that appears to be abandoned in the wild, or perhaps a family of animals that you don’t want on your property, call your local wildlife rehabilitation center first before approaching.
Some baby animals are actually left alone by their mothers in a safe place while they are away.
“Another quick example is the chicks,” LaBumbard said. “They’ll sit on the ground, but their parents will come down and feed them, and sometimes people mistake the baby bird for a wounded bird and they pick it up and bring it back, and we have to send it away because it has a mom who always feed him and that’s really good. The best thing to do, therefore, is to give us a call and we will walk you through any scenario you come across.
Wildwoods is also getting calls about animals getting their heads stuck in food containers that may have tiny amounts of food residue that they can smell.
Make sure to wash food containers and store them in recycling bins.
Wildwoods is typically home to around 130 different species, with around 1,700 to 1,800 animals imported each year.