Many mammals such as deer and rabbits will leave their young unattended for extended amounts of time to avoid drawing in predators. Baby opossums leave their moms when they are about the size of a dollar bill.
While every situation is different, we created a few flowcharts to help determine what to do if you find a baby wild animal. If you are still unsure what to do, before removing the animal from the wild, please text a photo of the animal, the location, and a brief description to our wildlife helpline at 626.344.1129. and one of our techs will be able to assist you between the hours of 9am-5pm.
Reminder: You must have a California State wildlife rehabilitation license to legally possess wildlife for more than 72 hours. Improper care of wild animals by well-meaning, but inexperienced rescuers risk serious health problems for wildlife, including improper diet and feeding, potential imprinting, improper and dangerous handling, and overall unnecessary stress of captivity.