VANCOUVER, 13 May 2001 – The Humane Society of Canada wants to remind people that wild animals are extremely vulnerable at this time of year. “Animals having and raising their young are particularly susceptible to human activities,” warns Al Hickey, Humane Society of Canada (HSC) Western Regional Director.


“Fledgling birds learning from their parents how to fly, feed and care for themselves are often mistaken as abandoned and ‘rescued’ by well meaning people” says Hickey. “As long as these animals are not in immediate danger, they should be observed from a distance, so as not to frighten the parents, for a couple of hours before deciding if they need assistance. The best thing that you can do while checking to see if the fledgling bird’s parents are still caring for the young bird is to keep children, dogs and cats away from the area. Many fledglings require several days to learn the necessary skills needed to survive.”


Wild animals who are injured or orphaned and who require human assistance should be taken to a qualified wildlife rehabilitator. If you are not sure if a wild animal needs help or if you need help finding a wildlife rehabilitator in your area contact The Humane Society of Canada at 1-800-641-KIND (5463).

CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at via twitter at and on Facebook at:

[For more than 17 years, Al Hickey was the Chief Executive of the BC SPCA and before that headed up the Alberta and BC Chambers of Commerce, and was the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver. He has been The HSC Western Regional Director for over 12 years. He has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. For his lifetime of achievement dedicated to helping people, animals and the environment, we have bestowed upon him our prestigious Heroes for Animals Award, shared by only a handful of people and organizations.

A father with two children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, Michael O'Sullivan has worked across Canada and in over 110 countries during the last 40 years helping people, animals and nature.]

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