What do wildlife rehabilitators do with rodents?

Wildlife rehabilitators usually provide shelter and care for animals who are either sick or injured. But we all know that rats can be a nuisance at home, and therefore, rehabilitators normally catch them and take them to rehabilitation centers where they can be tested, killed or given as laboratory specimen. In some cases, they are given out by rehabilitators as meals for reptiles, amphibians, birds or other large animals in the zoos or wildlife conservation areas. In some countries, it is very illegal to keep wild animals as pets and that is why they depend on wildlife rehabilitators to supply their large animals with small animals like rats and mice. Unlike some other animals, rats are never given back home or to the society.

Some of the things that wildlife rehabilitators do with the rodents is euthanizing them. It is normally done humanely and quickly using the safest ways possible. They are normally euthanized in carbon chambers, their legs are tucked along with their nails underneath their bodies and then taken to the chambers to be frozen. After the rats have been frozen, they are carefully stored in bags without suffering burns or anything worse. With this, they are also kept free from feces, urine, and bad odor.

The wildlife rehabilitators are also known for taking good care of young rodents. Their most important task is also to take over feeding young rodents who are orphaned. They also help them urinate and defecate since they cannot do it without help from someone. The first time they get their eyes open, the wildlife rehabilitators will ensure that they take their meals. Once they grow old enough, the rehabilitators will take them out to the wild where there are no predators.

When the rodents are still under two weeks, they need to be fed after every two hours or even all through the night. This feeding will last until they are capable of opening their own eyes. When their eyes finally open, the wildlife rehabilitator will now offer their regular foods but with the formula still needed. At a certain age, they will be released to.

They first create an environment which is safe for them while they are still captured. The rehabilitator will provide a cage for them that will finally become their home. Once time is ripe for them to leave, they will be released and relocated to where they belong. In this new environment, they must ensure that food and water are there for them as they establish themselves in their new home. Day by day, they will be in a safe place until they find their kinds.


Rodents are generally considered vermin. No one cares about that in any way though. All animals have equal right to survive and live free from pain and suffering. Be aware that all these organizations will be willing to take care of them and treat them, and therefore, it is important that you keenly check first to prevent them from being euthanized unnecessarily.

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