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What NOT to do if you find an injured wild animal

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You found an injured animal on the side of the road? Or in the woods while hiking? If you like to know how to help an injured animal, check out this advice.
Unless you have training in the veterinary field, handling wildlife or similar, the best thing you can do for an injured wild animal is to call your local or nearest wildlife rehabilitation center or ZOO immediately. Please don’t play doctor because you might end up hurting the animal even more. 

  1. Do not cause stress to the animal

  • don’t take pictures/selfies
  • don’t handle the animal too much
  • stress can cause sudden death
  1. Do not feed the animal

  • even if the animal is severely emaciated, do not feed it!
  • force feeding is the number one cause of choking, aspiration pneumonia and poisoning
  1. Do not give water by force

  • doesn’t matter how much dehydrated, giving water forcefully can cause pneumonia
  • do not pour water on the animal – may cause hypothermia and additional stress
  1. Do not give milk to a wild animal

  • milk (or honey) can cause diarrhea and additional stress


  • call your local or nearest wildlife rehabilitation center or ZOO immediately


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