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They’re cute, but orphaned wildlife are not pets

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Posted: Sunday, July 3, 2011 4:00 pm

If you spend time outdoors in Arizona, at some point you may encounter baby wildlife that have been orphaned. At this time of year, these young animals are especially threatened by the hot, dry weather and less access to water. But wildlife experts urge you not to try to raise the orphaned animal as a pet. First of all, it's illegal to possess native wildlife as pets in Arizona. And secondly, these animals need specialized care so they can be returned to the wild once they are able to survive on their own.

According to a news release, the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale is currently rehabilitating a nursery full of babies:

• A coyote puppy found near Coolidge.

• A mama raccoon and her baby that were trapped in an attic, and another baby raccoon.

• Two striped skunks rescued in the Globe area and a spotted skunk that an exterminator found in a trap.

• Two javelina orphans.

If you find a baby animal in the wild, it's possible the mother is just away hunting for food. Leave the location and call the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center at (480) 471-9109 and press 2, or call (480) 433-5656 and leave a message.

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