Efforts to Rescue Wildlife Around the World


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The treatment of animals always requires the courage of the doctors because they can not fully measure their response.

Hanna weighs 63kg and is undergoing a CT scan to diagnose lung disease at the Colombus Zoo

Every year, many thousands of young wild animals are “rescued” by kind people wanting to help them. Unfortunately, many of these young animals do not need to be rescued. They do not need help and, in fact, moving them means that they are being separated from their mothers.

Veterinarians are operating to save Effie’s chimpanzee at ZSL London Zoo.

It is usually a life or death choice whether to rescue or not to rescue a young wild creature. Separating an animal from his mother will certainly lessen his chances for survival. On the other hand, not helping a very young orphaned animal may mean certain death for the animal. A mammal who does need to be rescued must be taken immediately to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

A camel is undergoing foot surgery at the Camel Hospital in Dubai, UAE.

Every year, many thousands of young wild animals are “rescued” by kind people wanting to help them. Unfortunately, many of these young animals do not need to be rescued. They do not need help and, in fact, moving them means that they are being separated from their mothers.

Doctors performed surgery for an African elephant at Paignton Zoo.

It is usually a life or death choice whether to rescue or not to rescue a young wild creature. Separating an animal from his mother will certainly lessen his chances for survival. On the other hand, not helping a very young orphaned animal may mean certain death for the animal. A mammal who does need to be rescued must be taken immediately to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator

German dentist Mark Loose treats a bear for a bear in Belitsa, Bulgaria.

In most cases, a trapped wild animal will be too injured to be released back to the wild, so you’ll need to focus on seeing that the animal is euthanized, rather than being left in the trap to suffer.

A saltwater crocodile is being surgically sutured at the Wildlife Protection Department.

If you come across a wild animal in a trap, do not release the animal, since he is likely to be badly injured, and, if released, will probably die slowly and painfully. Instead, call the sheriff, the police or the state wildlife department. Describe the situation, and ask them to come look at the trap and the animal.

Veterinarians are examining the health of her “Kelly” giraffe at the Blair Drummond Animal Park in Stirling.

Trapping is legal in some states. If the trap is legal, the officer will need to contact the person who set the trap to come and kill the animal to eliminate further suffering. If the trap is illegal, the officer will usually euthanize the animal, who is probably badly injured, and remove the trap.

Five-year-old orangutans get medical examinations at the Bali Zoo, Indonesia.

Regarding the outcome of these situations, remember that wild animals are quite different from domestic animals. A three-legged dog may lead a happy life, but a coyote who is missing a paw has an injury that will prevent him from having a good quality of life, and it is unkind to leave him alive to suffer.

The two-year-old Samson was tied up so that veterinarians could perform a CT scan at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

A final word of advice: While helping wildlife is an act of kindness, it’s important to know that deciding to rescue and transport any wild animal is entirely your own choice. There are certain risks of disease or injury, and no one other than yourself is liable for any harm or injury that may be incurred — neither Best Friends Animal Society nor any licensed wildlife rehabilitator.


The “Komodo Muffin” dragon is treated at the Springfield Veterinary Center

 


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