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Care of the Wild
First Aid for All Wild Creatures
William J. Jordan and John Hughes


"You may accidentally strike a bird with the car. It drops to the ground, feathers awry, beak open, eyes closed, but it is still breathing. What do you do? Treat it for shock—but how? Take it to some animal hospital-but where? Should it be put to sleep to end its suffering? How can you make that judgment?"

This book is for everyone who cares about the suffering of injured wild animals, offering practical advice and information to turn to upon finding a wild creature in pain and needing immediate help. Care of the Wild provides instructions for the temporary care of wildlife until professional custody can be arranged. It mixes compassion for animals with common sense and respect for their wild state. The authors, internationally recognized experts on veterinary care of wildlife, have prepared this edition especially for American readers. Birds and mammals are covered in detail, and there are also sections on reptiles, amphibians, and fish, as well as discussions of insects and various parasites. Written with great clarity and charm, the book describes:

  • the basic skills of animal first aid
  • methods of handling, transportation, simple diagnosis, treatment, feeding, and temporary housing
  • treatment for auto injuries, poisoning, trapping, hunting, contamination, and accidents of various kinds
  • care for orphans
  • identification of species commonly encountered in the United States.

It also contains important information about wildlife laws and regulations, a list of wildlife rehabilitation centers in the United States, and a discussion of euthanasia.

William J. Jordan, a zoologist and veterinary surgeon, is chairman of the charitable organization Care for the Wild. He was formerly chief wildlife officer of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and director of the People's Trust for Endangered Species. The late John Hughes was warden for the RSPCA Wildlife Field Unit, handling wildlife casualties throughout the United Kingdom, and was known throughout the world for his expertise in caring for birds contaminated by oil slicks.

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Fall 1991

LC: 91-26346 SF
240 pp.  5.5 x 8.5  15 Figures

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978-0-299-13184-5
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