Keeping Wildlife as Pets
Don't attempt to raise
or keep wild animals as pets! It is illegal and
despite their cuteness, wild animals carry diseases
and parasites transmissible to people. There is
also a good chance that someone will be bitten or
scratched by the animal. Furthermore, young wild
animals who are raised as pets are very seldom ever
able to be released. They lack the survival skills,
species identification (knowing what kind of animal
they are) and the natural fear of humans they need
to survive on their own.
If you find an injured
or orphaned wild animal, the best thing to do is
to call your local licensed wildlife rehabilitator
for help. They are trained to care for the animal
until he is able to be released into the wild.
There are many companion
animals in need of loving homes!