It's bat season. And baby season. But not baby bat season...
So first let's talk about bats. These stretches of warm temperatures are not healthy for hibernating bats. They wake up and the more they move around the more energy they burn. In fact, just a short flight can burn up 67% of their fat stores.
What does this mean? It means they probably won't have enough fat left over to successfully go back into hibernation and survive. And since flying insects aren't out consistently, and certainly not at night, this means a lot of bats are dying.
You can help bats that you find on the ground or flying in your home. Please safely contain them and bring them to us asap. The longer a bat is awake without food the poorer prognosis. (and no, please do not feed the bat) We have more information here. Thank you for helping these amazing animals.
Now let's talk about babies. Baby grey squirrels, rabbits and even red fox will be born in the next couple weeks. Newborn babies need to stay with their moms for their best chance at life.
In the case of cottontails, mom does not stay with them. She comes twice a day and you may never see her. If you're concerned, peel back the fur in the nest and take a look at the babies. Take a mental picture of their size and coloration, then replace the fur. Check back two days later. If they look the same or better, they're fine - she's caring for them. If however you find deceased ones or they look very skinny, please call us: 651-486-9453.
If you cut down a tree that has a nest in it, squirrels will return for their babies. She has more than one nest and once all the activity in the area dies down, she'll return and individually carry them to the other nest. This can take a few hours to complete, so be sure to give her the time and space needed. Leave the babies at the base of where the tree was, or on the stump.
Fox also will move their babies if there is too much activity in an area. Oftentimes people return from traveling and find a den excavated under their shed or deck. We'd encourage you to leave the fox undisturbed since they are fairly unobtrusive and are great at rodent control, but if you do not want them under your structure, be active in that area. Play the radio, walk around the area, etc. They'll find a new den and then move the kits one at a time. Once you're sure they're all gone, close off the den area with chicken coop fencing, anchored into the dirt.
Following up on an animal you brought to us? Drop us a note (email@example.com) with the person's name who admitted it, the approximate date and the species. We'll get back to you within a few days!
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The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC) in Roseville, Minn., is a nonprofit, donor-supported organization. The WRC was established in response to the increased need for medical care of injured, ill and orphaned wildlife. With a medical staff of 8, the Center is one of the largest and busiest wildlife medical centers in the nation. More than 600 volunteers care for, rehabilitate and release the wildlife that they've worked with. The WRC treats more than 12,000 wild animals every year, representing more than 185 different species.
We cannot give tours since we do not keep any animals for educational use. We do have an open house every winter, usually in February. Watch our Facebook page or register for our emails to keep up to date with WRC.