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It's OK to try to raise a displaced baby wild bird yourself.


A rescue should be done under these circumstances: .Obvious signs of injury; a leg or wing dragging, displaced, or not working .The baby has blood on it from wounds .The baby looks uninjured but you got it from a cat or dog .The bird is infested with ants, bugs, or other crawlies .It smells bad .It is lethargic, hangs its head, unresponsive, weak .Acting strangely (convulsions, head twisting) .Eyes or nostrils have "growths" or discharge .Baby bird is a hatchling (tiny, featherless) and cannot be put back into the nest. If hatchling has purple or green abdomen (bruising), it is injured and should be rescued, not returned. In the event that you rescue a baby bird under the above circumstances, return the baby to the wild after recovery. All native (wild) birds are protected under State and Federal wildlife protection laws. It is unlawful to keep any protected species without the proper permits. Only people who are licensed rehabilitators, or veterinarians who occasionally treat wildlife on an emergency basis, may legally care for wildlife. Otherwise, it is against state and federal laws for people to raise wild birds.

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