Unless you’re licensed for wildlife rehabilitation, do NOT take wild animals under your care. Especially baby birds. You are doing more damage than harm, whether you can see it or not.
This kid on my Instagram posted that he was taking in a baby starling with a ‘sprained leg.’ They’re protected under the Migratory Bird Act, so that’s highly illegal. I told him to put it back in the nest or bring it to a licensed rehabber, but he didn’t listen. Last night, it flew off of what was apparently a perch he was keeping it on, and it walked into a plastic bag and suffocated. Do you know how irresponsible that is?
Wildlife should be *left alone* unless it’s absolutely vital for the animal’s survival to intervene. If you must, then don’t keep it! Bring it to someone licensed that can provide the proper care it needs to be brought back to health and released into it’s native habitat. Don’t be selfish.