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What to do with rescued young birds and mammals

Pete Wedderburn - Animal Doctor


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Young birds often need rest more than going to the vet

Young birds often need rest more than going to the vet

Young birds often need rest more than going to the vet

At this time of year, companion animal vets like myself are kept surprisingly busy looking after a type of animal that has no owner: I am talking about wild animals.

There's a population boom in the wildlife population at this time of year. Nature has worked out the most efficient reproductive cycle for most animals is to produce their young in late spring. They are then released into the world on their own when the natural food supply is at its peak, during the early summer.

Vegetation is flourishing, and insects and worms are abundant. This makes it easier for young inexperienced animals to find enough food to survive. And the warmer weather also makes it easier for young animals to find their feet without dying of cold.