Hurricanes and Their Impact on Wildlife

Humans are not the only ones impacted by tropical weather. Strong winds and heavy rain can put animals under extreme stress and can have a devastating impact on our wild neighbors.

Below are some helpful tips on how you can save the life of an animal in need.

  

How You Can Help

Take care of yourself and your family first. Once the storm has passed and it is safe to go outside, start by looking around your home and neighborhood for animals that need assistance. Check under trees and in fallen branches for babies that may have been blown out of the nest or waterlogged birds having trouble flying.

If you find a baby squirrel, pick them up with a small towel or soft cloth and take them inside to dry off. If the baby feels cold to the touch, warm it up with a heating pad set on low or by heating a sock filled with dry rice in the microwave for 30 seconds and placing it near the baby. After the storm has passed and the baby is warm and dry, you can attempt to reunite it with the parents by leaving it in a box near where you picked it up. Keep in mind that reuniting will be less successful after a heavy storm. After a few hours, if the mom has not come for the baby, it is probably best to bring it to the wildlife center.

If you find a wet bird on the ground, pick them up by gently wrapping them in a small towel or soft cloth. Take them inside and place them in a ventilated box large enough for the bird to stand. Allow the bird to warm up and dry out in dark and quiet place. Please do not give any food or water. Once the weather has improved, the bird should be released back outside. If it cannot fly away, bring it to the wildlife center.

If you find a baby rabbit flooded out of the den or a baby opossum (under 8 inches not including the tail) on its own, follow the above instructions for warming up a baby squirrel and bring it into the center as soon as it is safe to travel.

Turtles frequently get flooded out of waterways during a heavy rain. If you find a healthy turtle on a roadway, pick it up and move it off to the side of the road towards the direction it was walking. If you find a turtle that is injured, bring it in to the wildlife center as soon as it is safe to travel.

If you have any questions or concerns about wildlife after the storm, leave us a message at 713-861-9453 or email us at info@wildlifecenteroftexas.org. We will get back to you as soon as we can. We are located at 7007 Old Katy Road, Houston, TX 77024 and are open seven days a week from 10 am to 3 pm.

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