Wildlife Myths

  • Myth: A parent bird will not accept it's babies back if they've been touched by a human. Not true! Birds do not have a very keen sense of smell, and will often accept their babies, including fledglings, back even after 24-48 hrs of being kept by a rehabilitator. However, babies are fragile and should not be touched unless you need to rescue them!.
  • Myth: A parent bird can rescue their babies from the ground. If only this were true! Unfortunately, this incorrect belief causes many people not to intervene when a baby needs help, and contributes to needless death among baby birds who have fallen from their nests.
  • Myth: Baby birds carry diseases. Yes and no. There is a good chance that a feathered bird will have mites, but they will not live long on a human. And although it is possible for a bird to have a disease, it is most likely not something a human could catch. Washing your hands thoroughly will safeguard you from anything they might have.
  • Myth: Any raccoon out during daylight hours has rabies or distemper. Not true. Raccoons forage all night for their food. If they can't find enough, they have to continue foraging during daylight hours. It is not unusual for them to still be out during the day when they have babies to feed. This is especially true in areas being developed or where habitat is otherwise being destroyed.