In recent days, Ottawa By-law & Regulatory Services has received an increased number of calls regarding orphaned wild animals.
In many cases, these animals have not been orphaned, rather their mothers have gone out to forage for food and will return.
Should you come upon an animal that you suspect has been orphaned, please do not attempt to remove it. It is best to leave it alone and allow time for its mother to return.
If you have moved the animal, please return it to where back to the spot you found it. It is a myth that their mothers will reject a baby because a human has handled it.
Allow some time for the mother to return. If the mother does not return, please call 3-1-1 to report the animal as orphaned.
Further information can be found at the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and Ottawa Humane Society websites: