Dear Amy: The other day I saw a baby bird hopping on the ground and wanted to rescue it, but I didn’t know how. What should I have done? — Erin J., Little Rock, Arkansas
Dear Erin: Usually, the best advice if you find any baby animal is to leave it alone. However, if it is injured or its eyes are not opened, if you see a dead parent nearby or if there is an immediate threat such as a dog, cat or a car, you need an adult’s help.
Most songbirds fledge, or leave the nest, while still being cared for by their parents, who spend weeks feeding and teaching them survival skills. Young birds have a much better chance of surviving to adulthood if they stay with their parents.
In fact, it is against the law to raise wild birds in captivity unless you have had special training and a permit. Learn more about why it’s usually best to leave baby birds (and other animals) alone:
All About Birds
National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association nwrawildlife.org/sites/default/files/FoundBird.pdf
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