Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)
It's a common scenario in the spring and early summer: a child comes to a parent cradling a baby bird that's fallen from its nest.
Due to years of misconception, the mom or dad probably thinks mother bird won't take the fledgling back due to human scent.
"A simple touch is not going to deter a mother from returning to care for her baby." said Peggy Farr of Wildwoods.
In a case like the bird's, the best thing to do is put the animal back in its nest.
This time of year, Duluth's Wildwoods organization is inundated with young animal rescues from birds to rabbits.
In most cases, the mother will return if the baby is left alone.
If, after a day, there's no sign of mom, call an animal rehabber like the folks at Wildwoods.
And, resist the urge to provide care yourself.
"Never ever feed a baby fawn or any wild animal." said Nancy Wolfe of Wildwoods.
Food and water can shock an abandoned animal's system.
It's best to let the experts check the critter over first.
"Is it cold or dehydrated? Is it starving? What is going on? Then we address the situation and usually that involves warming it up and giving it subcutaneous fluids." said Farr.
Current four legged and feathered clients at Wildwoods include kingfishers, mice, squirrels and woodchucks.
Some could have been left alone and some truly needed help.
In the end, the Wildwoods crew wants people to remember that a touch from a human doesn't seal an animal off from the rest of its kind forever.
"That's not a license to handle and pet wild animals you find. It's best always to leave them alone." said Farr.
In Duluth for Nature Matters, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.
Wildwoods also had a hand in getting a big plastic jar off a deer's head in Hermantown recently.