If you are convinced your "baby" is an orphan after
observing it for several hours, please know that raising a wild bird or
mammal is a full time and difficult job for humans! Because of its high
metabolic rate and voracious hunger, it must be fed every twenty minutes
during daylight hours (or at night for nocturnal species) to prevent brain
damage. Its parents are well equipped to do a great job; we are not. Some
reasons not to do it are:
1) Mortality is high.
2) It is extremely time consuming.
3) State and federal laws prohibit possession of most wild birds and
4) The animal imprints on a human as its parent and is less able to
survive in the wild without skills only its parents can teach it.
Wildlife Rehabilitators have legal permits and the experience to give
them a high success rate in their endeavors. If they help you with a bird
you take to them, a donation is appropriate as many of them work mostly at
their own expense.
West Volusia Area 904 738-2589 Debary
Altamonte Springs Area 407 260-6137
Altamonte Springs Area 407 339-2900
East Orange County 407 568-3200 Christmas