My Clarified Answers about Wildlife Rehabilitation

I believe that before getting yourself into something, you should ask yourself why you're doing what you're doing ... and think about how it relates to the big picture. That is why I have had a few ideological concerns about wildlife rehabilitation and whether it disrupts nature’s natural process and evolution. During my rehabilitation externship period, I have clarified my thoughts as to justify the benefits of wildlife rehabilitation.

Humans are typically treated by medicine, which is the reason why there are so many people. Overpopulation of humans is leading us to impact the wild creatures' lives. Most injuries caused to wild animals are caused by humans, either directly or indirectly.  As a result, we should take responsibility and help the wild animals that are injured due to human influence on nature.  Wildlife rehabilitation is one way to give something back.

Since we're social creatures, we often feel bad when we see someone suffering. When someone encounters an injured creature, it is natural for us to feel sympathetic and want to help, rather than walking away. Due to the fact that caring it is a part of human nature, I believe that there should be places such as Wildlife Center of Virginia that serves the public professionally -- otherwise, untrained people may try to help wild animals, which could cause more harm to both animals and people. For example, nonprofessional individuals have a  higher risk of getting pathogens or injuries as due to a lack of knowledge of animal behaviour and personal protective equipment.

I believe that our natural feeling to help, along with our knowledge of biology and veterinary medicine, should be utilised. The Wildlife Center staff taught me how to treat every patient as an individual and emphasized how important is to keep wild animals wild. I am thankful for all the practical knowledge as well as all the answered questions I had during my externship to clarify my thoughts about wildlife interaction with humans.

WCV Class of 2017