When we find young animals out in the wild, we are not sure of what to do. There are times when we want to intervene but in some cases, this is a decision that can actually make matters worse. For example, those who discover baby rabbits should not touch them. Their mother has left them in the location that she desires. Moving them or disturbing them in any way can cause the mother to abandon them entirely.
This is the dilemma that Jeff faced when he found a baby penguin during a trip to New Zealand. He knew that it may not the best idea to interfere with the animal. Fortunately, there were others who had already considered this reality. They had crafted a sign that was designed to keep passerby from potentially messing with the baby penguin.
An endangered baby blue penguin named Billy has been visiting Moncks Bay, near Sumner in Christchurch. 🐧The adorable…
Billy the blue penguin was simply waiting for his mother to return. He did not need any further assistance. New Zealand’s Department of Conservation was instrumental. They knew that the penguin was there and they were sure to help provide the correct signage. They also warned dog owners about keeping their pets away from the animal.
The penguin situated himself in a manner that suggests he was well aware of what was going on. New Zealand’s Department of Conservation was keeping a close eye on his situation. Once they found out that was underweight, Christchurch Penguin Rehabilitation intervened. They provided him with all of the care that he needed.
He is now old enough to spend some time away from his mother without incident. Hopefully, he will be okay once he has had a chance to get a bit stronger. Billy was able to survive because of the efforts that were put in by the good people at Christchurch Penguin Rehabilitation and New Zealand’s Department of Conservation. This story serves as a valuable lesson for us all.
Our first instinct is to help wild animals that are in need of our assistance. But what if they are not actually in need of help? If you find a wild animal that seems to have been abandoned, contact the proper authorities before making any sort of rash decisions. Intervening is not always the best choice. Keep the phone numbers of your local wildlife conservation organizations handy so that you are able to find out more about the proper decision-making process.
Source: The Dodo