Many well-meaning people rescue an orphaned mammal or bird that does not need to be rescued.
DO NOT rescue wildlife and then keep (kidnap) the bird or animal for a possible pet. State and federal laws protect nearly all wild mammals and birds. It is against the law to possess the animal or bird or the nests, feathers, or eggs of a bird without special permits.
In addition, dietary needs of each species of bird and animal are different and it is almost impossible to duplicate their needs in captivity without special training. TWRC receives many irreparably damaged birds and animals because the rescuer tried to keep it as a pet and did not know how to provide for it properly.
It is not true that mammals or birds will always reject their young once they have been handled by humans. Nonetheless, the handling of wild babies should be avoided or kept to a minimum. Handling by humans can be stressful to the animal. Also, the human scent can sometimes attract predators seeking food.
Below are things you can do to help a wild creature in trouble: