"Mama will take care of them:" TWRA says to stay away from baby animals

Baby raccoons / Source: TWRA

(WVLT) -- You're sure to see young wildlife out this time of year, but the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says to keep your distance.

How should you handle the wildlife you may see?

Baby birds
TWRA said if you see a pink hatchling or tiny bird with feathers that has fallen from its nest, you can pick it up. Pick it up gently and place it back in its nest. TWRA said its a myth that parent birds will stop carrying for babies if a human bothers them.

If you encounter a small bird capable of flight, leave it alone. TWRA said that those are fledgling birds, and their parents will take care of it.

Baby bunnies

TWRA said to leave rabbit nests alone. If you move rabbit nests, it causes nests to fail. The mother only visits a few times a day to feed her young.

And as for the baby raccoons? Just leave them alone, and "mama will come take care of them," TWRA said.

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