A Perth Amboy Animal Control Officer in New Jersey found an orphaned baby raccoon wandering the busy city streets. Officers stated it was quite obvious the little guy didn't have a mother around, and off they went to the Perth Amboy Animal Shelter where the little one was checked out and given some time to relax.
The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife urge citizens to leave wildlife undisturbed. More than likely, the mother is not far away; all of this is especially true for rabbits, birds, raccoons and fawns.
"If you find a young fawn laying alone, leave it there. The mother comes back several times each day to nurse the fawn. If you've already picked the fawn up and brought it home - put it back. Even one or two days after removal from the wild, fawns have been successfully reunited with their mothers, by returning them to the place where they were found. Adult deer spend much of the day feeding and loafing. Fawns that are not strong enough on their legs to keep up with the adults are left behind. Usually young fawns are quite safe because their color pattern and lack of scent help them to remain undetected until their mother's return."
Although most people have good intentions when saving orphaned or hurt wildlife, only those licensed in wildlife rehabilitation are allowed to care for and own these animals. It is in these environments, that the animals are carefully taught their survival skills. Wildlife that become too friendly with humans rarely survive on their own.
Be respectful of wildlife. As adorable as "Robbie the Raccoon" is now, he is not a pet, and his temporary home will be teaching him the skills he will need to survive once back in the wild. For the animals who cannot adapt to being released, sanctuaries are provided. If you do come in contact with a sick or injured animal, please consult the List of N.J. Wildlife Rehabilitators for the nearest wildlife rehabilitation center by clicking here.
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