wild life

Cathy - posted on 09/14/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my twin 10 year olds are bring home chipmunks and baby birds. we can not take the back to the nest the mom bird will kill it. am trying to teach respect to wild life.

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Ev - posted on 09/14/2016

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It is a good thing that your kids want to help these animals but making them pets is not advised as they are wild animals. They can carry diseases and make humans sick sometimes and some can become rabid and if your kids got bit that could mean lots of trips to the doctor for help with that. YOU need to sit these kids down and tell them they should not disturb these animals. It undermines the balance of nature.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/14/2016

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You need to nip this. How are these kids unsupervised in the wilderness at the age of 10? I realize that some areas are heavily wooded, but, honestly this is a lesson these kids should have been taught at a younger age.

Don't let them wander alone until they understand the importance of this, and if they bring anything else home, restrict their activity until they get if. In the meantime, contact wildlife services to see if there is a wildlife rehab that can take these animals.

Dove - posted on 09/14/2016

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In order to respect wild life... they need to leave it alone. If they think a baby animal may be in danger they need to get you to come check it out, but to never bring the animal home or touch it at all on their own.

Hopefully they will listen, but if not you may need to enact strict consequences that keeps them away from the animals unless they are supervised... since apparently they are proving they aren't old enough to be trusted alone.

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Cathy - posted on 09/14/2016

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yes, madam
my father lives with us he help me free the chipmunks and the bird. thank you for your help. cathy form nj.

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