As Spring seems to have truly SPRUNG, I thought now would be the perfect time to get the lovely Jacq, who blogs over at Mymumdom and The Visiting Vet to gives us a few hints and tips about how to safely interact with wild animals during this time.

If you go down to the woods today, or even just out into your garden or local park, chances are you may have a close encounter of the wild kind.

Spring can be a wonderful time to spot wildlife, as it’s the breeding season for most wild creatures, and those who hibernate are waking up and starting to feed. It’s not unusual to see foxes, rabbits,deer, hares, hedgehogs or perhaps a snake if you get lucky. And there is plenty of bird life around as well.

A lot of the animals you spot in the spring will be young, and the rule here is WATCH, BUT DON’T TOUCH. Those fox cubs you spot playing in your garden in broad daylight are not unsupervised. An adult will be close by, watching them.

The RSPCA says that admissions into their Wildlife Centres rose by over 400% from March to June last year. And many of these animals are babies, particularly fledglings, who well-meaning members of the public have picked up and handed in.

The sad thing is that the majority of these young ones were not actually abandoned or orphaned. Their parents were probably waiting close by. Hares, for example, give birth above ground and the leverets are left as soon as they are born. Mum returns to feed them once a day, around dusk. Baby hares are terribly hard to rear in captivity and should be left, untouched, as found.

Obviously, if the animal is injured, then you should take it to a local vet. Vets do not charge to treat wildlife and can arrange for the patient to be transferred to the closest Wildlife Hospital once they are stable.

If you discover a young animal that seems to be alone, click here to find out what to do with it.

Remember, most baby animals have a much better chance of survival if left in the wild so be sure to keep your distance and monitor the situation. The chances are its parents are close by, just waiting for you to leave so they can return to their youngster.

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