What to do if you find an abandoned baby animal
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP -- This is the time of year when baby animals are born and may stray away from their mother.
The Pocono Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center recently took in dozens of baby animals. Now the facility wants to educate people on what to do if you find one of these baby animals and whom to call.
"It is the time of year, but it is a heavier than normal number of babies coming in, and for lots of reasons, one being we had a mild winter," explained center director Kathy Uhler.
Uhler has seen an influx of baby animals in the last few weeks -- everything from baby bunnies to squirrels, even fawns.
So what should you do if you find a baby animal?
Uhler tells us not what people at Yellowstone National Park did with the baby bison which later had to be put down. The best thing to do is leave it alone and call for help.
"There are a lot of things people don't know about like diseases that particular animal – bison -- can have a disease, so moving them from place to place is dangerous," Uhler said.
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People who hike at Brodhead Creek Park tell us they see baby animals away from their mothers often and even though they want to help them, they feel it's just better to leave them alone.
Jim Fitzgerald and Dick Wallace walk this trail daily and have seen their share of baby animals.
"It would have to be a matter of life and death to pick them up, really. You would call the animal control on that," Fitzgerald said. "I know what's been happening and hearing stories, because the moment you touch them you might have to put them down and that's heartbreaking."
"We should be aware of them but leave them alone as Jim said and really not mess with them," Wallace added.
Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center can also use your help. Donations and volunteers are always welcome, especially during this time of year.