Anderson said that assessing the situation is key, because some mothers, such as racoons, may leave their babies for up to 24 hours at a time. Without being certain that a baby is in fact abandoned or orphaned, people may mistakenly separate them from their mothers.
“Occasionally these babies are kidnapped, which means that the mother is fine and is actually around; however, some people see a baby and they misunderstand that it’s orphaned.” – Cayce Anderson, animal care supervisor
Anderson also highlighted that human interaction is one of the main reasons that baby animals need rehabilitation. She urged people not to attempt to raise orphaned or injured animals themselves, as doing so could put them in worse condition.
“They’re cute and cuddly, but in reality one of the worst things that could happen to an animal is being fed the wrong diet.” – Cayce Anderson, animal care supervisor