Is that Baby Animal an Orphan? No, it's Not!

This time of year, you might be lucky enough to come across a tiny fawn, a nest of birds or some baby bunnies. They're alone, with no parent in sight. What do you do?
Leave them alone, Animal Control Officer Chuck McCleary says. They are almost certainly NOT abandoned. Mama animals routinely leave their youngsters alone while they go out to gather food. Don't panic -- the babies are fine.
If you know for a FACT the brood has lost its parents, you can call McCleary at (440) 580-3180 (weekdays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or else contact your local wildlife district office at (330) 644-2291 or a veterinarian for assistance. Don't handle the animals (there's a variety of reasons why), and keep them in a warm, dark area if possible until you find a wildlife rehabilitator to help them.
The Ohio Division of Wildlife has more interesting facts and tips on baby animals in this handy guide.