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British Wildlife Rehabilitation Council

Resources

 

Welcome to the BWRC Resources & Guidance pages, where you can access a range of information, guidance, materials and documents, including back issues of "The Rehabilitator", the Council's newsletter.

 

Click on the links to view the available information.

 

There is growing interest in the rescue, treatment, and rehabilitation of wild animal casualties.

No doubt man has always felt compassion for wounded or sick animals, but perhaps the reasons

why rehabilitation has gained momentum recently are the general awareness of the present

man-made threats to the environment, and the development of veterinary medicine to the stage at

which wild animal medicine can be effective.

 

What should I do if I find a...?

Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation is a complicated process requiring specialist knowledge, facilities and often veterinary assistance to achieve optimum animal welfare and successful rehabilitation back into the wild.

The BWRC therefore recommends that anyone who finds a wild

animal apparently in need of help

CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED REHABILITATOR OR QUALIFIED VETERINARY

SURGEON IMMEDIATELY

rather than try to nurse the animal themselves.

Please refer to the list of wildlife rehabilitators linked to the 'Guidance' page of this website.

If you feel that the animal is in immediate danger/requires immediate intervention, the following simpleguidelines may help you whilst you locate and contact your nearest vet/rehabilitator:

 

THE BWRC'S 3 S’s OF WILDLIFE RESCUE

 

 

1)  ARE YOU SURE?

 

 PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOUNG ANIMALS ARE OFTEN BEST LEFT ALONE -

THE PARENT(S) WILL USUALLY RETURN AFTER YOU HAVE GONE.

Of course, this is not always the case, so if in doubt contact a rehabilitator for advice BEFORE you ‘rescue’ the animal. If it disappears in the meantime then it probably didn't need rescuing!

 

2)  SAFETY FIRST!

 

 DON'T RISK YOUR OWN HEALTH OR SAFETY

(for example encountering road traffic, water, heights or the animal itself!

Even young wild animals will not appreciate your good intentions and may attempt to

defend themselves by biting, clawing, kicking, flapping or defecating on you!)

 

3)   MINIMISE STRESS

 

 a.  WARM, DARK & QUIET CONDITIONS: Wild casualties are generally best kept in warm

(but not too warm! Recommended temperatures vary between species), dark and quiet conditions, ideally confined to an appropriately sized box/carrier – again remember that

some animals are quite capable of tearing their way out of a cardboard box.

Boxes, must of course, have air holes to prevent suffocation;

 

b.  NO UNNECESSARY HUMAN CONTACT: Don't look at or handle a wild casualty

unnecessarily – this will cause additional stress and possibly pain; and

 

c.  DON’T TRY TO FEED IT: Wild casualties do NOT need food or drink immediately - this can

(and should) wait until after they have been properly examined and received first aid

treatment (as long as this occurs within 24 hours)

 

 

IN SUMMARY - REMEMBER THE BWRC'S 3 S’s OF WILDLIFE RESCUE:

 

1) S is for SURE? - be SURE before you try to rescue an animal –

if in doubt, contact a specialist for advice

 

2) S is for SAFETY! - your own SAFETY comes first

 

3) S is for STRESS - minimising STRESS to the animal will maximise its chances

of survival: warm, dark & quiet conditions and minimum human contact.

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