There are some amazing articles from rehabbers throughout the United States that can help you determine if wildlife is really orphaned. Here’s one example from the Second Chances Wildlife Center in Kentucky that you should read before calling a rehabber. Click for article.

And as a general rule: What to Do if You Find an Injured or Orphaned Animal


Give an abandoned animal’s parents time to claim their offspring. While you’re watching their babies they’re usually watching you, wishing you would go away so they can claim their young. Observe from a discreet distance.


Provide water and food. Birdbaths (or ground pans of water) and food are a huge help to wildlife. Keep feeders free from snow and ice. Provide a buffet for wildlife.


Keep pets indoors at peak feeding times. Many rescued animals are victims of pet attacks.


Don’t pick up injured or orphaned animals unless there is danger from animal or human traffic. Call a DEP rehabber from our directory for advice. If you must handle an animal for safety reasons, wear gloves.