Not all babies who are found alone have been abandoned.
It is perfectly normal for the parents of wild animals to leave babies for varying periods of time while searching for food, looking for a new home, or evading predators.
Often the caregiver is close by and will return periodically to care for its babies. And, since wild parents always do a better job of raising their young than we can, unless the animal is obviously sick or injured, it’s best to try reuniting the baby with its family.
How can you tell if an animal is orphaned and needs your help?
That depends on the age, species and behaviour of the baby. Here is a quick overview of what’s normal for some of the most common Ontario wildlife you’ll encounter.
Baby Owls & Birds of Prey