Storm: what to do if you find a wild animal in distress?

Storm Eunice swept across Belgium on Friday. Such a meteorological phenomenon has consequences for wildlife. High winds can disorient birds and cause animals to fall and seek refuge in trees. With us, specialized centers come to the aid of these wild animals.

One of our teams went to a center that treats wild animals in Ottignies. The place has notably collected a young squirrel. Its nest did not resist the strong winds of Friday evening. Found on the ground, he was taken to the Creaves center. “They are very high in the trees, and when the trees go all over the place, they can fall from the nest. Because they are nests that are tubular, with an entrance and an exit. So if they’re not hooked up well, if they don’t hold on well, if they’re too young, they can fall out of the nest. That’s what happened here“, explains Bénédicte Maaskant, vice-president of the center “Birds Bay”.

Some basic advice if you find a wild animal

This Saturday morning, the little squirrel has already left the center to be taken in by a foster family. If he is alive today, it is thanks to the good reflexes of the people who found him. Bénédicte gives some advice on how to react. “You have to keep them warm. Bring them in, put them in a warm, sheltered towel. Also safe from pets. Above all, do not try to give food or drink, because you can’t give just anything“, she specifies.

Large gusts can sometimes throw them against windows or vehicles

We then went to Coutisse (Andenne), to another care center for wild animals. A manager takes care of feeding a sick pigeon. The pigeon, like other birds, can be disturbed by gusts of wind. “Heavy gusts can sometimes throw them against windows or vehicles. They can even sometimes impale themselves against branches when there are heavy gusts. And everything that is raptor does not feed, or very little, since there is a lot of wind and they do not know how to hunt“, says Juliette Economides, manager of Creaves d’Andenne.

The weather also poses problems for the first nests of the season. “The tawny owls have already been born in some places, and all the columbids that breed almost all year round, the squabs are already in the nests“, explains Juliette. Result: the little ones can end up on the ground in the forest or in the gardens.

So be careful if you walk outside. And if you find an injured animal, do not delay bringing it back to a specialized center. The faster he is taken care of, the better his chances of survival.

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