Wildlife rescue plays a crucial role in safeguarding the well-being of our natural world. However, it is important to approach such situations with caution and care. By following CROW’s three S’s of wildlife rescue – Sure, Safe, and Stress – we can ensure the best possible outcome for both the rescuer and the animal in need.

Am I Sure this animal needs to be rescued?

Sometimes animals may appear sick or injured when they are actually healthy or simply going about their natural behaviours. If you’re uncertain about the condition of an animal, it is best to seek professional guidance. Contact your local wildlife rescue organisation, such as CROW (Center for Rehabilitation of Wildlife), who can assess the situation and provide appropriate advice.

Is it Safe for me to rescue this animal?

Wild animals, especially when hurt or scared, can behave unpredictably and may pose a risk to rescuers. It’s vital to prioritize personal safety. If you believe there is any possibility of harm, it is advisable to contact experienced wildlife rescue professionals like CROW, who possess the knowledge and tools to handle such situations safely.

How can I reduce Stress once I’ve rescued a sick or injured animal?

Rescuing a wild animal can be an overwhelming experience for both the rescuer and the animal itself. To minimize stress and promote the well-being of the animal, remember the following guidelines:

  1. Gently place the animal in a cardboard box or plastic container, ensuring that it has enough space to move comfortably.
  2. Cover the box or container with a lid or cloth, creating a dark and calm environment for the animal. Provide breathing holes to ensure proper ventilation.
  3. Avoid touching or stroking the animal once it has been captured, as this can further distress or harm it.
  4. Refrain from shouting or creating loud noises, as this can scare the animal and increase stress levels.
  5. Refrain from feeding the animal because, if fed the incorrect diet or using the incorrect technique, it can cause more harm than good. Should you not be able to get the animal to a rehabilitation centre for a period of time contact them for feeding advice.

Wildlife rescue requires careful consideration of the three S’s – Sure, Safe, and Stress. By being sure of the animal’s need for rescue, prioritizing personal safety, and minimising stress throughout the process, we can contribute to the successful rehabilitation and eventual release of wildlife. Remember, if in doubt, reach out to dedicated wildlife rescue organisations like CROW, who possess the expertise to guide and assist in such situations. Together, we can make a positive impact on the welfare of our precious wildlife.