Babys best chance is with Mom

April 10, 2013

GeeseThis is the time of year when everything starts to bloom and the youngsters are being born. Baby birds of all sorts, critters in all environments. All are having their young when the food sources are at their highest.

There is something in a wild Baby that stirs most peoples maternal instincts. But rushing into a situation with thoughts of saving or nurturing some young critter, is usually not the best way to go. One of the biggest mistakes made with youngsters is the Fawn. Through the years I have come across hundreds of baby deer just laying in the tall grass, or next to a tree motionless. They do not need rescuing.

Our first instinct is to save them. But in most cases they do not need saving. Mother Deers willBabyDeer leave their fawns in deep grass while they go out and feed. They need to feed to produce the milk the fawns need to grow. So many times after I have found a hiding fawn, I have simply looked around to see the mother not to far off, watching me there with her youngster. No…..the mother will abandon the young deer because my scent is there now. Even if I had touched the fawn. Which is not recommended.

CranesMost youngsters, including birds, are curious just like a human youngster is. They will sometimes wander away from the nest or burrow. Sometimes the parents are nearby watching. Other times once they have noticed one of the kids are missing, the frantic search will begin. Removing the Baby from the area will actually reduce it’s chances of being found by the parents and reduce it’s chances of survival.

The majority of the times, the best route to take is to do nothing. You can observe the Baby andBirdsmall see if it is injured in some way. But instantly trying to feed it or remove it from where you discovered it, is not a good thing. Many times when a baby bird is found on the ground, unable to fly yet, one of the first things a person will do is give it water. It is very easy to actually drowned a baby bird with to much water. Do you know what that amount is? For what species? Mom does.

We have put together a sheet with some basics on what to do if you come across a Baby Bird. Again…..in most cases the best actions to take are to do nothing at all. Observe the youngster and situation surround it. Look for the parents nearby, and then let them handle the possible problem. If there is one at all.

RabbitsI have spent a lifetime exploring the Natural world. It has taken me most of that time to grasp a common law of nature. The strong survive. There is a reason for this. The best gene pools will be the ones that reproduce youngsters. They will have the best chances for survival and then producing the next generation. It is just how it works. It is not always pleasant to see or watch. But it is a needed check valve in the quality of life in the natural world.

Many Birds, Reptile, Amphibians, and some mammals, will have a large litter of youngsters. This happens for a reason. The mortality rate can be very high for many critters. I have observed a local Great Blue Heron Colony for almost 10 years now. Each nest will produce around 5 new chicks per nesting season. Most of the time, only two chicks will be fledged from that nest. Predators, sibling fighting, available food sources are just some of the reasons that only one or two of the original 5 youngsters, ever end up leaving the nest. And even then, they face starvation, Predators, disease and many other things that end their inexperienced lives. It is how it works.

TurtleIt has taken me my entire life to accept what I have observed, over and over again. But it is how  Nature works, and it is a good way. Having the best survive. The strongest, most clever critters will produce the next generations and it will only serve that species in having a strong gene pool for long term survival. No…..that Turtle does not need OUR help removing itself from it’s egg. It is part of what he needs to accomplish to survive and thrive.

The Best chances a youngster you may come across in the wilds has, it with it’s Parents, Leave it be. It is a wonderful experience to have come across such a scene in the outdoors. But leave it at that. Maybe take a few pictures and observations. And then let Nature be the controlling key to the situation. Not always the easiest thing to do. But it is the Best thing to do.






One comment

  1. I’m reminded of that poor, little baby bird we saw at Independence Oaks right before your surgery. I know it was what nature intended… but still! How are you doing, Rob? Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:48:33 +0000 To: mskimz@hotmail.com

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