Caring for an Ill or Injured Native Wildlife

Caring for an Ill or Injured Native Wildlife

Caring for native wildlife is very much different from caring for ordinary house pets. Native wildlife is considered as protective animals because their species are already threatened and rare. If you do find a native animal, you must notify the local conservation officer within 3 days. Tell the officer that you possess a native wildlife or you gave it to a vet surgeon.

In most cases, the conservation officer will instruct you to bring the animal at a local rescue center or to a licensed carer for wildlife. If there is no threat as to the animal's existence, the officer might allow the release of the animal. This is also an excellent time to tell the conservation officer that you would like to care for native wildlife. You have to file an application for the rehabilitation permit so that you can keep the animal for some time and when the animal is ready to go back to its natural setting, you need to set it free.

It's a bit hard to secure a permit. It will depend on the chief executive officer's decision. You have to show the executive officer that you really want to care for the animal and that you intend to free it at the right time. There are responsibilities that you need to assume once you're issued a permit. For one, you can't keep native wildlife together with domesticated animals such as dogs and cats.

If you allow native wildlife to mingle with domesticated animals, their fear for the domesticated animals will disappear and so once you release them in the wild, they can get hurt again. You have to teach the animal how to survive the wild. Don't let it depend solely on you. It must be able to learn how to become independent.

Oftentimes, the local rescue center will provide you with a booklet on how to properly care for the native wildlife. There are minimum standards being followed for the care of such rare animals. If you're serious in becoming a care volunteer, you have to read the booklet. In the course of caring for the native animal, some carers become emotionally involved with it and so it becomes difficult for them to set the animal free.

This is a fact that you need to deal with before you decide to care for native wildlife. You have to accept the fact that you can't care for it in its entire lifetime. Once the illness or injury of the animal is properly treated and it has already healed, you will have to set it free.

You must remember though that there are times when things get a little out of hand. You can't really guarantee that the whole rehabilitation period will become a success. There are even instances when the animals die which makes it difficult for the carer to want to volunteer again. If you found an ill or injured native animal, do the things mentioned above.

Once you're in the rescue center, try to learn everything that you need to know. This is an important decision and so you need to think twice or even thrice. You also need to consider your family and the pets at home. If you think you're capable enough to handle such responsibility, apply for the necessary permit. Don't waste time because this is a very important element for the animal's survival.

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