On Tuesday morning, a clip of an adorably baby beaver running around serves as a reminder for everyone not to immediately assume they are orphans and “rescue” them from their natural habitats.
“Another baby beaver was bought into the facility at #OperationOrphanWildlifeRehabilitationinc,” wrote Sherry Carnahan on Instagram. “This baby beaver, [approximately[ 4 weeks old was found but should have been left alone. The mom was not far away. Please don’t be too hasty to assume a baby is an orphan. Mother is often close by and out of [sight] watching his babies or off looking for food.”
Wildlife organizations are asking people to stop “rescuing” baby wildlife, because they may be doing more harm than good to the animals after a number of people turned over baby animals to shelters.
More often than not, baby animals left alone are not really abandoned by their parents. Animals try to leave their newborns to look for food, which may take hours. If you happen to see a baby wildlife alone, try to check first if they were really abandoned for a couple of hours before you take them in.
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