For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar
Phone: (414) 431-6104
Guide of Helping an Injured
or Orphaned Wild Animal
– You find a young robin on your porch
and think she could be orphaned. That very same
day, you discover an adorable rabbit in your backyard
that appears to be injured. Do you leave these wild
animals alone or attempt to “rescue” them?
Humane Society recommends the following tips to
determine if wildlife needs assistance and what
can be done to help.
your local licensed wildlife rehabilitator for assistance
if you see a wild animal exhibiting one or more
of the following signs: it was caught by a dog or
cat; it has an obvious injury such as a dragging
wing, broken limb or it is bleeding; it is an unfurred
or unfeathered youngster out of the nest; or it
is tangled in materials like fishing line or other
man-made material. Individuals who find a wild animal
in Milwaukee County that they think is injured or
orphaned are encouraged to call the Wisconsin Humane
Society's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at (414)
431-6137. Do NOT attempt to handle the wild animal
on your own until after you talk with one of our
staff or volunteers.
the wildlife expert suggests that you transport
the animal to their organization, they will give
you advice about how to contain and transport the
animal safely. Do not provide food or water unless
directed, since that may actually harm the animal.
Take the animal to the wildlife facility as soon
as possible to be treated. Do not attempt to treat
the animal yourself: it is illegal and requires
may find a fledging bird hopping on the ground but
not able to fly. This is often quite normal because
many types of birds learn to fly from the ground
up. Fledgings may behave like this for several days
as they gain strength for flight, so it is important
to keep your dog or cat away. Call your local licensed
wildlife rehabilitator for advice.
young opossum that appears to be less than six inches
long excluding the tail is likely an orphan. Call
a local wildlife rehabilitator for assistance.
you discover a nest of baby rabbits that appear
to be uninjured, leave them alone. Mother rabbits
only visit their young a few times daily, usually
after dark, so predators aren't attracted to the
nest. You are welcome to call our Wildlife Tip-Line
about this subject at (414) 431-6137.
baby raccoon that is by himself is most likely orphaned
because mother raccoons keep a close eye on their
young. Please contact a wildlife rehabilitator for
The WHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center currently
has Great Blue Herons being treated that arrived
emaciated. To photograph these birds, or interview
Wildlife Manager Scott Diehl about tips when to
help injured or orphaned wild animals, contact Michelle
Pintar at (414) 431-6104.