Finding a stray animal and taking it home to keep it as a pet is something many of us have experienced in our childhood. From frogs and lizards, to birds, bunnies, and more, there are several species of wildlife that one can come across at any time in Indiana. But now that you are grown, and perhaps a parent, please think twice before allowing a wild animal into your home.
Continue reading to learn why wild animal domestication is not only advised against, but also inhumane, dangerous, and even illegal in some cases.
When a baby animal is alone, they are not necessarily abandoned or orphaned. In most cases, the parent of the animal is nearby gathering food or building a nest, and will return sooner or later. This is especially true for rabbits, squirrels, and raccoons. Birds are one of the most common animals to see alone.
If you find a baby bird with feathers, it is simply a fledgling and its mother is close by watching over them. If you find a bird that does not have any feathers, it has likely fallen out of its nest, so you can choose to put it back if you know where the nest is located. Do not worry about human smell, as this is a myth and the mother will still welcome their baby back.
Do Not Keep Wild Animals as Pets
Although it is difficult to shy away from a cute baby animal that seems to be orphaned or abandoned, you must control the urge to take them in as a pet. Not only do most wild animals die in captivity, the responsibility to keep one requires special permits, exotic veterinarian care, specialized supplies and provisions, and more. It is actually illegal to domesticate several types of wildlife in Indiana without the proper state (and federal, if applicable) permits. Additionally, wild animals are known carriers of several infectious diseases and parasites, such as Rabies, Distemper, fleas, ticks, lice, roundworms, tapeworms, and even tuberculosis.
What to Do if You Find a Stray Animal
As mentioned, a lone baby animal is most likely not abandoned, and the mother will come back for it soon. So, if you find a stray baby animal, just leave it be and let nature take its course. This applies to injured and orphaned animals too. If the presence of a group of orphaned animals on your property is alarming to you, simply contact a local Indianapolis wildlife removal company for safe, non-lethal extraction and relocation services.
Non-Lethal Wildlife Removal in Indiana
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