If you see a baby deer, raccoon, or rabbit that seems to be alone, the first thing you should do is stay calm. It is important to remember that these animals are often left alone by their mothers for long periods of time, so just seeing them alone does not mean that they are orphaned.

Here are some things you can do if you see a baby deer, raccoon, or rabbit that seems to be alone:

  • Observe the animal from a distance. This will help you to determine if the animal is truly orphaned or if the mother is just out hunting or foraging.
  • Check for injuries. If the animal is injured, you should contact a wildlife rehabilitator immediately.
  • If the animal is not injured, leave it alone. The mother will likely return for the animal soon.
  • If you must move the animal, place it in a safe location near where you found it. Do not touch the animal or try to feed it.

If you are unsure what to do, you can always contact a wildlife rehabilitator for advice. They will be able to assess the situation and determine the best course of action.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Do not touch the animal. Human scent can scare the mother away.
  • Do not bring the animal home with you. It is illegal to keep orphaned wildlife without a permit.
  • Do not feed the animal. This can make it sick.
  • Do not give the animal water. This can drown it.
  • Do not leave the animal in direct sunlight or in extreme temperatures.

By following these tips, you can help to ensure the safety of the animal and its mother.

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