Finding a baby bird on the ground doesn't necessarily mean it's in danger, but occasionally an animal is in clear need of help. Free use photo
Exploring Nature: Aiding Baby Wildlife
Things don’t always go smoothly for baby animals and birds. Deer fawns get bitten by fire ants and baby birds fall from the nest. So, what is a concerned person to do when wild animals get in trouble?
Well, the first thing to keep in mind is that just because there is no parent on hand, the animal or bird is not necessarily in danger. Mother deer will leave fawns alone while they go off to forage, and birds will sometimes feed hatchlings on the ground after they have left the nest.
If you find an abandoned deer fawn and it is not obviously in trouble, just leave it alone. Don’t handle or disturb it since the mother will most likely return. Likewise, if you see feathered baby birds on the ground hopping around, generally leave them alone since a parent is usually nearby.
However, there will be times when an animal or bird is clearly in need of help. When it is clear they are in trouble and need rescuing, your best bet is to call a professional wildlife rehabilitation organization.
In our area, a good choice is the Drift Inn Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Wimberley at 101 Highpoint Drive. To contact them, call 512-731-9386. They specialize in treating orphaned, injured and displaced wildlife, including deer, birds, skunks, opossums, squirrels, mice and raccoons. They have even helped baby wildcats.