It's very tempting, especially to small children, to snatch up small animal offspring believing they have been abandoned. Birds especially are often "rescued" by well meaning humans who find young chicks on the ground, fearing that they may have fallen or been blown from the nest.

Though young wildlife oftentimes appears to be abandoned, that’s usually not the case.

This is the case for most newborn animals found in the wild, in your backyard, or even the sewer drain under a busy street. Animals tend to have offspring in the most accessible, seemingly safe, areas accessible to them.

It’s very tempting, especially to small children, to snatch up small animal believing they have been abandoned. Birds especially, are often “rescued” by well meaning humans who find young chicks on the ground, fearing that they may have fallen or been blown from the nest. When in reality, the chick has been pushed from the nest by its mother who is somewhere in the distance, watching, waiting on the little blob to fly.

Hope everyone is making the most of the social distancing by checking into outdoor places less traveled. Everyone and everything has spring fever and is out and about.

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As the weather warms up and more people head outside, they may encounter a variety of newborn animals. Though young wildlife oftentimes appears to be abandoned, that’s usually not the case. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds residents that interfering with wildlife can do more harm than good. “Young animals are rarely orphaned,” said MDC State Wildlife Veterinarian Sherri Russell. “If the young is left alone, the parent will usually return. Parents are normally out searching for food and cannot constantly attend to their offspring.”

Read more at: MDC urges Missourians to keep wildlife wild – News – Aurora Advertiser – Aurora, MO – Aurora, MO

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