Arrano Etxea
wildlife
recovery centre


What should I do if I find a wounded animal?

If you find a fledgling, you should try and locate its nest, which is probably not far away. If you do find it, then put the baby bird very carefully into the nest without disturbing the vegetation, and move away from the spot as quickly as possible. If you can't find the nest, we would advise you to leave the fledgling in a high place, close to where you found it, where it can be easily located by its parents. As a final option, you can phone the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa helpline and ask for specialist personnel to come and collect it and try and raise it at Arrano Etxea, for subsequent release into the wild, once an adult.


In the case of a fawn, then it's more than likely that it's lying down in the camouflage position. The fawn is waiting for its mother to return and feed it, and she's never very far away. Never touch a fawn, as human scent will be left on it and cause its mother to reject it. We would advise you to leave the animal where you found it, and to move away as quickly as possible. If it has been touched or picked up, then there is no alternative but to dial 943 000420 so that we can come and collect it.


If you find an injured animal, you are advised to cover it with a towel, blanket or item of clothing and place it in a dark, peaceful spot. Take care with the talons of birds of prey, the beaks of vultures, storks and herons, and bites by carnivorous animals (foxes, martens, badgers, etc), and the horns of cervids (stags, deer). If possible, and always adopting all the necessary safety precautions, we would advise you to put the animal in a cardboard box or sturdy box, with breathing holes, and phone 943 000420 to ask personnel from the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa to come and collect it and take it to Arano Etxea.


We strongly recommend taking the following guidelines into account when helping an injured animal: in the summer, and during hot periods, never leave an animal in the sun, or inside an exposed vehicle, and neither should it be offered food or drink. No medicine should be administered and, if you have no experience with bandaging or fixtures, you should not try to do so. Neither should you bother the animal unnecessarily (handling, photos, noisy or bright environments, etc). Even if you mean well, if you do not follow these guidelines, you could harm the injured animal.


If you find it complicated to capture or help an injured wild animal, we would advise you to phone the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa on 943 000 420 giving as much detailed information as possible, with regard to the type of animal and its location. Ideally, we would ask you to remain in the area and await the arrival of personnel from our Centre, to indicate the exact location of the animal, whether it has moved, etc, .

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