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Orphaned wildlife... If you care, leave it there


    What to do if you find an orphaned wild animal? According to the Minnestoa Department of Natual Resources website, you should examine the situation carefully to see if the animal is indeed really orphaned.

    Many animal species will leave their young unattended for long periods of time (several hours). Often letting some time pass will reveal that the parents have returned after a short foray to gather food or other important materials.

    Baby birds are commonly encountered on the ground or in shrubs in the spring or early summer while trying to fledge. This is normal! The parents are typically close by and will continue to feed and protect the fledgling bird until it is ready to be on its own. . . .

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