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It’s very common this time of year to find baby animals in neighborhoods or on your outdoor walks. Animal lovers are often tempted to “help” in these situations, however, before moving any wild animal it’s important to consider these things to make sure you aren’t doing more harm than good. Baby bunnies, raccoons, squirrels, and other small mammals are commonly found without their mothers. These wild animals often leave their babies alone for extended periods of time while they are out foraging for food. Even if you cannot locate their mother or parent, it does not mean that they have been abandoned. In fact, parents may stay away from their nests specifically because a person is too close and observing the area. Stay away from the nest during observation and give it plenty of time for a mother to return before determining that they have been abandoned. Similarly, baby birds are often ...

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