I’ve Found an Injured Animal

Protecting and Supporting Our Local Wildlife

I’ve Found an Injured Animal

February 21, 2017 Caring Tips Help 0

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If you  find an animal that’s been hurt or injured, there are some simple steps you should follow:

First of all, you should ask yourself if it needs rescuing now, or can you notify someone more qualified?

Situations that you may come across:

  • Road traffic accident casualty
  • Damaged limb/s
  • Obvious wounds
  • A trapped animal (e.g. in netting – do NOT cut free and release until fully assessed)
  • If unresponsive/unconscious – it will need veterinary attention immediately


  • If you are not equipped
  • If you, or others would be put in too much danger

If you see an animal that needs attention, you should contact us immediately.

Note: Adult squirrels have a dangerous bite, do not handle unless confident!

There are a few things you can do to help while you wait…

  • If you can approach the animal lay a blanket/coat over the casualty for warmth.
  • If the animal is on the road, protect it from traffic if possible.
  • Consider personal safety on roads (e.g. reflective jackets, warning signs)
  • Do not drag the animal off the road.  If safe to do so, lift it to a safe place on a coat/towel