Southlake Animal Hospital only accepts reptiles, birds of prey, and wild migratory waterfowl for rehabilitation due to the volume of calls and our limited hospital space, time, and funding. It is our goal, however, to provide direction to outside Wildlife Rehabilitators who can offer excellent care for other animals. Please refer to the following to determine the best course of action or to locate the appropriate facility. Rehabilitators are not paid for their work or supplies, so we greatly appreciate donations to our rehabilitation fund.
Birds: A baby bird that has feathers on its wings and puffy down feathers on its head is a fledgling. It is common for birds at this stage of development to have difficulty while learning to fly. The mother is watching and caring for the bird while it masters the art of flying. A baby bird may be placed in a shrub or shady area away from pets. Human scent will not deter the mother.
Rabbits: Baby rabbits are often found in nests that appear to be abandoned. Mother rabbits are most likely out foraging; they usually only feed their offspring at dawn and dusk. Keep pets away from the nest and the mother will return to care for them. Avoid handling baby rabbits as they are easily stressed.
Squirrels: Mother squirrels will usually move their babies to another nest if the original nest has been disturbed. Once again, keep pets away and keep the nest out of direct sunlight and the mother should come and move the offspring.
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