Ilundáin, The wildlife
recovery centre

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What should I do if I find an injured wild animal?

What should I do if I find a wild animal in difficulty?


  • If you find a fledgling, you should first try and find its nest, which is probably not far away. If you are unable to do so, then we would advise leaving the fledgling in a high, but safe place, where it can be easily located by its parents. As a last option, we would recommend phoning 112 so that we can come and collect it, raise it at the Centre and later release it into the wild.

  • In the case of a fawn, then it's more than likely that it is lying down in the camouflage position, waiting for its mother, who is sure to be close by, to come and find it, protect it and feed it. Never touch a fawn, as human scent will be left on it, and its mother will reject it. You are advised to move away as quickly as possible. If it has been touched or picked up, then you need to dial 112 so that we can take charge of it.

  • Should you find an injured animal, you are advised to cover it with a towel or item of clothing and put it in a quiet place. Be careful with the talons of birds of prey, the beaks of vultures, storks and herons and guard against bites by carnivorous animals (foxes, martens, badgers, etc) and the horns of cervids (stags, deer). If possible, and always adopting all necessary safety precautions, we would advise you to put the animal in a cardboard box, with breathing holes, and then dial 112 so that we can come to the site and take the animal to our Centre to provide it with adequate care.

  • We strongly recommend taking the following guidelines into account when helping an injured animal: in the summer, never leave an animal in the sun, and neither should it be offered food or drink. No medicine should be given and, if you are not accustomed to bandaging, you should not try to do so. If you do not follow these guidelines, even if you mean well, you could harm the injured animal.

  • If you cannot help an injured wild animal, please dial 112 and give as many details as possible with regard to the type of animal and its location. Ideally, we would ask you to remain in the area and await the arrival of personnel from our Centre, to indicate the exact location of the animal, whether it has moved, etc.

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