Wild and wonderful, furry or feathered, there are all sorts of incredible wild animals who share our world!
Wild animals are also called wildlife. Where do they live and what do they need to survive and care for their families?
Have you ever found a baby bird in your backyard who fell from a nest? Have you seen an opossum lying on the road on your way to school? These are both examples of wildlife emergencies. These animals may need your help, but it's important to know how to safely handle any wildlife emergency before taking action. If you think a wild animal or bird needs help, remember these three important rules:
There are many important reasons why wild animals should not be kept as pets:
Keep yourself and the wild animals safe and happy by leaving them in the wild to live and care for their families in their natural environment.
Did you know that bread and crackers are very unhealthy for wild animals and birds? People feed human foods like these to wildlife because they think they are helping them, but in reality feeding wild animals can cause a lot of harm.
If wild animals and birds eat too much human food, their bones and feathers may become deformed. Sometimes these foods can become a sticky mass in a bird’s throat that can only be removed by surgery.
It is never a good idea to leave any food outside, including your pet’s food. If you feed wildlife, they will forget how to be wild and they may also get sick eating the wrong foods. For even more information, check out the effects of feeding wildlife.
If you really love wild animals, here are ways you can help and enjoy them:
If you want to learn more about wildlife and the work PAWS does to help orphaned and injured wildlife, check out the PAWS Wildlife Center.
Washington State is a wild place. The state is world famous for having many mountains, forests and waterways. Many species, or kinds of wild animals, live in these wild places and in our neighborhoods, too. Learn more about some of the most common wild animals found in the area:
Above: A young Bald Eagle flies free in the wild. (Bald Eagles don't get white feathers on their heads until they are adults.)