What to do if you find a wild injured animal?

Have you ever found an injured animal? It can happen when you’re walking through the woods. You, or your dog  suddenly come across…  a squirrel, a bird or a rabbit and get the feeling its ill or injured. What are you to do? No way should you give in to your first impulse and touch the injured animal. Better to observe it from a safe distance and ascertain first whether the foundling really is ill. Because an animal doesn’t always need human help – even when it looks likely at first glance.

Obey the law!

If you’ve satisfied yourself that the injured animal does need your help then it’s imperative that you comply with the laws of the respective country.  A wild animal does not automatically become your property just because you found it. Err on the safe side of the law by not simply nursing the injured being back to health at home but look into whom you have to notify. It is recommended that you initially get in touch with the local animal welfare association or the relevant nature preservation authorities who can help you further with the right contacts.

Hedgehog needs help!

Underweight hedgehogs (well under 500 grams) in October or baby hedgehogs which have lost their mother need help. These hedgehogs should be cared for by experts then reintroduced to the wild. So take such animals to a hedgehog rehabilitation centre. Most vets have the appropriate addresses on file. If you find a hedgehog weighing less than 500 grams in your garden, help it by feeding it. The best thing to give them is hedgehog food as cats aren’t so keen on polishing this off. But feeding in a hedgehog labyrinth helps, too – only the hedgehog can get at the food. Create hibernation places for it in your garden using hedgehog houses,  to give it the best chance of surviving until spring in good health.
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