Will a Mother Abandon a Bird my Child Picked Up?

It’s a common myth that wild animals will abandon their young because of the smell of a human hand. Animal parents have a strong instinct to nurture their babies, and many don’t have a sense of smell strong enough to even notice human handling. If your child has handled a baby animal and the animal is not hurt, please put it back in its nest or where it was found. But, in the interest of preventing disease, stress, and injury, remind children not to handle wildlife.

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