Resource Library

This library is intended to better prepare you next time you encounter a stranded or injured animal. In some cases, especially with baby animals, "helping" the animal may be doing it more harm than good.


Baby Opossum

baby opossumBaby opossums found alone are generally orphaned since they are alway with their mother. Read this article to learn when opossums need rescued and how to transport them to Operation WildLife.
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Baby Rabbit

cottontailAnnually, Operation Wildlife typically takes in 1000-1500 baby cottontails. Most of these are not really orphaned, but were “kidnapped” from their nests by well-meaning people. Learn signs and tests to recognize a true orphan and how to transport orphans to Operation WildLife.
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Baby Raccoon

raccoonMost raccoon babies (kits) come to Operation WildLife because their mothers have been trapped and euthanized as pests. Read about the signs to know when a baby raccoon is in trouble and also learn important safety information when transporting a raccoon.
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Baby Songbird

songbirdBaby songbirds are kicked out of the nest by the parents, when they have most of their feathers and have a little tail, to learn to fly. Read this article to understand when a baby has been abandoned or has fallen from the nest and needs help. It is important to speak to an Operation WildLife volunteer as soon as possible and not offer any food or water until you have gotten professional help.
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Baby Squirrel

squirrelNewborn squirrels look similar to mice. Learn to tell the difference and when to bring a baby squirrel to Operation WildLife. In many cases, the mother will retrieve the baby. Learn techniques to help the squirrel until the mother returns for her offspring.
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