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Healthy young bird and animal offspring do not need human help

Healthy young roe-deer does not need human help. Photo: Tõnu Talvi
Healthy young roe-deer does not need human help. Photo: Tõnu Talvi

It is prohibited to interfere with the life, reallocation or disturbance of the the young animal and birds. In the event of noticing an injured or distressed wild animal or bird, it must be reported to Environmental Information line 1313 and followed the instructions received therefrom.
“Springtime is the breeding season for many species living in the wilderness, where more animals and birds may be encountered more than people regularly would do. The seemingly helpless little cute specimens make people want to help them, for example, to take them to a safer place. However, this must never be done. The best way to act, upon finding young animals or birds, is to retreat immediately,” said Jan Siimson, chief environmental officer of the Environmental Board.

The seemingly helpless and lonely bird or animal baby left on its own often is waiting for its elder, who is searching for food and only occasionally comes to feed the offspring. This is the case, for example, with seals, roe deer and hares, whose, at first sight lonely offspring are quite often encountered. However, as a rule, a parent animal cannot feed its offspring in the presence of a human being, who in the worst case, takes the animal baby away from its original home. Therefore, a person giving an unwanted helping hand, can do disservice, instead of helping the animal baby.

The urban environment and human settlements are also very common habitats for many species. In May, for example, flocks of ducks and blackbirds are most common, with some young crows and gulls growing a little afterwards, and storks in the middle of the summer. Regardless of their seeming helplessness and lack of flying ability, baby birds do not need human help.

However, in the spring, when travelling in the traffic, there has to be taken into account the occurrence of more frequent animal babies who are exploring the world, so everyone on the road should be especially cautious. In case a wild animal at the roadside is spotted, one should slow down and make sure that after one individual does not appear any more animals in the shadows of the bushes.

In the event of noticing a wild animal or bird that is clearly injured or in distress, it must be reported to the Environmental Information line 1313. It is then up to the trained persons to decide how best to proceed.

Birds and animals may only be removed from the wild environment to assist them by authorized employees of the Environmental Board and the Rescue Board or persons duly authorized by the Environmental Board.

More information
Jan Siimson
Chief Specialist of the Hunting and Aquatic Biology Bureau of the Environmental Board

Sille Ader
Spokesperson of the Environmental Board
telephone: 5745 0332

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