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If you find a sick or injured adult wild animal, please try to contact your local animal control, wildlife rehabilitator, or Tufts Wildlife Clinic for advice.  The following are indications that an animal may be sick or injured:


  • The animal is quiet, dull, the eyes may be closed, it may be thin, and it may not try to get away from you.
  • The fur may be unkempt and/or there may be obvious wounds.
  • Other abnormalities can include breathing problems, discharge from the eyes/nose, diarrhea, and lameness or inability to stand.


  • The animal is quiet, dull, the eyes may be closed, and it has fluffed feathers (the bird looks “puffed up”).
  • It may have an obvious wound, breathing problems, a drooping wing, or show lameness or an inability to stand.
  • It does not fly away when approached. Learn how to tell if a bird that doesn’t fly away is a fledgling (a young bird learning how to fly) link to our page

Reptiles & Amphibians

  • The animal is quiet, dull, the eyes may be closed.
  • It has an obvious wound to the shell or elsewhere on the body.

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Tufts Wildlife Clinic

Mon-Fri: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Please try to drop off by 4 pm so we have time to admit the animal before we close

Sat & Sun:  8:30 am to 5 pm

Closed: Thanksgiving & Christmas Day