Toby’s Tales Wildlife Rescue
If you have found an orphaned wild animal:
Are you sure the creature is an orphan? According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, hundreds of young wild animals are mistaken as orphans, each year, and turned over to rehabilitators for rearing. This happens most frequently to baby birds and to fawns. Most of them are not orphans or injured, but "kidnapped" from their mothers.
Before you take steps to "rescue" an orphaned bird or mammal, read the information printed below. When in doubt, call a wildlife rehabilitator.
Blown Down Nests
Bad weather can sometimes cause birds' nests to fall out of a tree. If you find a nest which has been blown down, but which has not been seriously damaged, place the nest (with the baby birds, eggs, or baby squirrels) back in the tree. If the nest has been damaged, place it in a small basket, such as a strawberry basket, and place it in the tree. If necessary, use twine to secure it.
Grounded Baby Birds
If the baby bird is exceptionally young (has very little down), search for the nest and place the baby bird in it. If you are unable to locate the nest, contact a wildlife rehabilitator for instructions.
If the baby bird already has feathers and does not appear to be injured, leave it alone and keep an eye on it from a discreet distance. It is not unusual for baby birds to "fledge" their nests before they have learned to fly. Watch for a parent attending the bird or foraging close by. If the baby bird is in the street, place it under a nearby bush. If possible, locks up any lose dogs and cats for several hours. Do not handle the bird unnecessarily or remove it from the immediate area.
If, after several hours, no parent bird has tended the baby bird, contact a wildlife rehabilitator for advice.
If a wildlife rehabilitator advises you to provide shelter to the baby bird, keep it in a warm, dark, quiet spot. A shoe box lined with a folded towel works well. Be cautious giving the baby bird water; it can get fluid in its lungs.. Never give any bird or wild animal cow's milk as it can make the animal sick. Some baby birds, such as song birds, cannot digest bread.
Baby squirrels sometimes fall out of a nest that has been damaged in a storm or by an aggressive male squirrel. The squirrel may not be an orphan at all, but may have just fallen from its nest. If one squirrel has fallen from a damaged nest, others may have fallen out as well. Search the immediate area. Look under bushes and fallen leaves where other babies may have fallen. We recommends that you warm the baby squirrel in your hands or by holding it close to your body and then place it at the base of the tree. Lock up any lose dogs and cats and keep watch, from a distance, for one to two hours. Given time, the mother will return and retrieve her baby. The scent of humans will not stop the mother from taking back her baby. If the weather is cold, line a box with some towels and a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel. Place the baby in the box and the box at the base of the tree.
If the mother squirrel has not returned for her young within two hours, you probably do have an orphan on your hands. Contact a local wildlife reahibilitator for assistance.
It is not unusual for people to encounter young fawns whose mothers have left them "bedded down" while out foraging. If the fawn is not crying, is not being bitten by fire ants, its eyes are not swollen, and it has no visible wounds, leave it in peace. Any handling will only cause stress to the fawn. If the fawn is clearly sick or has been injured, contact a local wildlife rehabilitator and a local animal emergency clinic.
Human Scent on Baby Animals
It is not true that birds or mammals will reject their young once they have been handled by humans. Nonetheless, the handling of wild babies should be avoided or kept to a minimum. Handling by humans can be stressful to the animal. Also, the human scent can sometimes attract predators seeking food.
If you have found an injured wild animal:
It is not unusual for birds to fly head first into a window. Sometimes the blow will kill the bird, but other times it will only stun it. If, after hitting the window, a bird is alive but does not try to run away when you approach it and allows you to lift it gently in your cupped hands, it is probably in shock. If it is a warm day and the bird is in a yard where there are not any dogs, cats, or other predators, leave it alone. If the bird is in an area where it is vulnerable to predators, bring it indoors and place it in a cat carrier or cage in a warm, dark, quiet spot. Watch or check the bird frequently. Within a brief time, it should begin to move about and appear more alert. Once the bird shows signs of recovery take it outdoors and release it.
If you have large plate glass windows and birds are frequently knocking themselves out, consider purchase a hawk silhouette to place on your window. This will discourage birds from flying directly towards your windows.
Approach with Caution
. Nocturnal animals seen during the day are likely to be sick or injured. Young foundlings may be being watched by a protective parent."
If you find an injured wild animal, contact a wildlife rehabilitator.
Most Texas wildlife is protected by state and/or federal laws. If you have found an injured or orphaned wild animal, you should turn it over to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Below is contact information for local wildlife rehabilitators and organizations. -
Contact: Lori Anderson 903-838-3040-
Toby’s Tales Wildlife Rescue
Please contact the foster home number when you are interested in an animal. The foster parents can tell you all the information you need to know concerning the animal the adoption fee and application.
Toby's Tales Wildlife Rescue's Mission is: To rescue abandoned, abused and injured animals whether large or small; rehabilitate them, have them vaccinated, spayed or neutered; and find them loving adoptive homes.
Toby's Tales Wildlife Rescue fosters companion animals, exotic animals and farm animals in need of homes. Most of these animals are spayed and neutered before adoption. If the animal is to young, the animal must be spayed or neutered when they are old enough.
If you live in the Texarkana area and have orphaned or injured wildlife please take them to Rankin Vet Clinic in Nash. I will pick them up there after they have been checked out. All wildlife is released back into the wild when they are ready.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can by judged by the way its animals are treated"
- Mahatma Gandhi -
Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 11:00am
Texarkana TX 75001
PetSmart Texarkana, TX
Toby and friends will be attending this adoption event
come by and see us and all the animals needing homes