The
elderly woman who called PETA’s national animal-emergency number thought that she
was doing the right thing. When she discovered a baby bird in her yard who was
unable to fly, she took him into her home and tried to feed him. Frustrated by
the bird’s deteriorating condition, she called PETA to ask for advice.

Knowing
that a bird who did not fly away from a person attempting to pick him or her up
was most likely severely injured or ill, we let the woman know that despite her
good intentions, the bird really needed to be assessed by a wildlife
specialist.

The
caller couldn’t drive, so a staffer from our Los Angeles office went out to
pick up the baby bird and got the animal into the hands of a wildlife
rehabilitator who determined that the baby was in fact severely injured and
suffering and should be euthanized.

While
people who try to help
wild animals
by themselves have
wonderful intentions, they may inadvertently cause the animal more suffering by
providing improper care. If you encounter a wild animal who appears to be hurt
or in danger, stay near the animal, but call your local humane society or animal
control officials for help. If they can’t provide assistance themselves, they
may have names of licensed wildlife rehabilitators in your area. Keep the names
and numbers in your address book for future reference.

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Article source: PETA Files

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