How to Help Wild Animals
Distance is the best way to help
And dangerous. Even small or young animals that look cute and fuzzy be problematic. Besides sharp talons and strong beaks, contact with humans can affect there development in extremely negative ways.
Fight or Flight
Wild animals run on instincts, they fear humans from an early age.
“The animals that I rescue, they get as little human contact as I can possibly get away with. We don’t want them acclimated to people. Wild animals have a very strong fight or flight instinct. They want to stay away from people and that’s really really good. The fight or flight instinct develops in most birds of prey, between 14 to 21 days and that’s when the instinct kicks in. They develop a natural fear for things that they do not understand, and that’s a survival technique”
Even young, hurt or trained they are wild and need to respected.
“These are wild animals, she still has all of her instincts. If handled inappropriately they could be very dangerous the relationship is built on respect for the animal and if she ever does anything to hurt me these large feet right here, that’s what she kills with if she were to reach over, grab my hand, and put all four talons through my hand, well that’s fine she’s a wild animal and if I get hurt that’s my fault.”
Keep Your Distance & Call
- Police Dispatch(NOT 911)
- Wildlife Rehabilitator
- Wildlife Organization
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