The Drift Inn Wildlife Sanctuary
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Found An Animal?

If you have found an injured or orphaned wild animal:

  • DO NOT TRY TO FEED ANY WILD ANIMAL!  Each species requires a specific formula/diet to meet their needs.  Feeding the wrong thing to a baby can KILL.
  • Contact us immediately at 512-731-9386 / 512-608-3262,  go to  http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/rehab/list/ to locate a rehabilitator near you for immediate assistance or call 512-389-4848 for a Game Warden to be dispatched.
  • PLEASE NOTE IT IS ILLEGAL TO KEEP WILDLIFE IN THE STATE OF TEXAS WITHOUT A PERMIT!
  • FAWNS:  Just because you see a baby alone does not mean it is abandoned!  Mother's leave their babies for hours at a time to forage for food.  It is possible to never see the mother.  Unless the animal is in immediate danger (in the middle of the road, obviously sick or  injured or in fire ants), call us or another rehabilitator if you question weather it is actually abandoned BEFORE you attempt to save the animal.  If it is in immediate danger, pick it up, remove fire ants if that is the case, wrap it in a towel and place in a quiet, safe place until a rehabilitator can be contacted.  Again, do NOT attempt to feed or give water.
  • ADULT DEER:  DO NOT attempt to rescue on your own.  These animals can be dangerous as they are strong with razor sharp hooves!  Call a us or a rehabilitator in your area to assist in determining the appropriate actions.  Or call 512-389-4848 for a Game Warden to be dispatched.
  • OPOSSUM:  If the baby is 7-8" long not including the tail it is old enough to take care of itself.  LEAVE IT ALONE.  DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FEED, wrap in a towel and place in a box in a quiet place until a rehabilitator can be located.
  • BABY SQUIRRELS: Baby squirrels are often found after a nest has blown down from a storm. If the babies are placed in a shallow box, and the box is set off the ground away from ants, the mother will often retrieve them when people are not around. Keep dogs, cats and children away from the site. It may be necessary to keep the squirrels warm, dark and quiet overnight before trying to reunite them with their mother again the next day.  If the animal is injured or the mother killed, wrap in a towel, place in a box and contact us or another rehabilitator in your area immediately. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FEED!
  • BABY RACCOON: Obtain a cardboard box, pet carrier, or other suitable container.  Line the container with newspaper and a baby blanket or old t-shirt. Do not use terry cloth towels because their toenails can easily become caught in the tiny loops of the material.  Wearing gloves, place the baby in the container.  Wash hands thoroughly after handling.  If the baby is not old enough to walk, you will need to provide it with an additional heat source. A sock filled with rice, tied at the open end, and warmed in the microwave works nicely.  Do NOT attempt to give the baby anything to eat or drink. Doing this could cause harm or even death to the infant. It is better for them to go for several hours without nourishment than to be given the wrong thing or even the right thing in an incorrect manner.  Place the box in a warm, dark, and quiet place.  Resist the urge to handle!!! Handling causes undue stress to the already traumatized baby and may transmit a disease or parasite to you or your children.  Contact us or another Rehabilitator in your area immediately!
  • ADULT RACCOON:   If the animal is active in the daytime, obviously injured or sick, contact us or a local rehabilitator immediately.  Adult raccoons are dangerous, do not attempt to pickup the animal without leather gloves,  If at all possible, do not attempt to rescue until you have contacted a rehabilitator or the Game Warden for assistance.
  • RABBIT:   Cottontail rabbits make their nest in small depressions in the grass. Their nests are lined with fur from the mother and are loosely covered with grass. Dogs, cats, people and lawn mowers sometimes disturb these nests. If babies have been removed from a nest and are uninjured, place them back in the nest. Mother cottontails only come to feed their young early in the morning and at dusk. This behavior pattern decreases the chance of alerting predators to the nest location.  If you are not sure the mother is feeding her babies, try placing at least two long, crossed twigs or strings over the nest. If they have not been moved by the following morning, she has not been back and the babies need to be taken to a rehabilitator. Please remember the mother will not approach the nest if you are nearby, so resist the temptation to watch. As is true with all wildlife, these babies are very difficult to successfully rehabilitate and the mother will give these babies their best chance at life.If you find a baby cottontail that is about five inches long, or the size of a tennis ball, this rabbit is totally on its own and its mother is no longer caring for it. These rabbits do not need to be brought in unless they are injured. If you have to chase an uninjured rabbit to catch it, the rabbit does not need to be rescued.  If the rabbit is injured or you know the mother is dead, contact us or a local rehabilitator immediately for assistance.
  • BIRDS:   We are currently not accepting birds but would be happy to assist you in finding an appropriate rehabilitator or please visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/rehab/list/ to find a local rehabilitator near you.
  • BATS: Never handle a bat with your bare hands!  Contact the Bat Conservation International located in Austin at (512) 327-9721 or call 512-389-4848 for a Game Warden to be dispatched.
  • COYOTES AND FOX:  The Drift Inn Wildlife Sanctuary is not permitted to transport or rehabilitate coyotes or foxes, both of which are under a statewide rabies quarantine. For information about what to do when you encounter an orphaned, injured, or ill coyote or fox, please contact the Texas Department of Health, Zoonosis Control Division at (512) 458-7255 Or call 512-389-4848 for a Game Warden to be dispatched.
  • BOBCAT: Handle with leather gloves only. Place in a box and put in a quiet place. Contact us or a local rehabilitator in your area immediately Or call 512-389-4848 for a Game Warden to be dispatched and DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FEED.
  • RINGTAIL: Handle with leather gloves only. Place in a box and put in a quiet place. Contact us or a local rehabilitator in your area immediately Or call 512-389-4848 for a Game Warden to be dispatched and DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FEED.
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