Contact us immediately (301-342-7643 work, 240-725-0785 home or 240-298-6324 cell). Back to the Wild Rescue and Rehab, Mary Martin and Matthew Wilkes, California, MD.
Never handle without gloves - failure to do so may result in human exposure and consequently, death of the animal. Thoroughly wash your hands after removing gloves. Remember, an injured animal is already stressed and instinctively believes that you want to kill it, not help it. Please contact us prior to handling an injured adult.
Provide some type of bedding (old sheets, pillow cases, blanket or towels). Depending upon severity of injury and age, a heavy duty cardboard box may contain the animal. You can also use a plastic container with plenty of air holes and a lid which can be taped closed (heavy duty tape).
Provide a heat source if animal seems cold. Heating pad on low under half of container is best. Do not leave in direct sunlight.
NEVER feed injured or cold animals as they are unable to process food until stabilized
It is against the law in Maryland to keep wild animals if you aren't a licensed rehabilitator, even if you plan to release them.