News Aug 19, 2015 at 4:00 am

Every Year, Misguided Good Samaritans Snatch the Animals from West Seattle Beaches (It Usually Doesn't End So Well)

DON’T LOOK INTO THEIR EYES: No, seriously, don’t. Federal law prohibits humans from getting closer than 100 yards to a seal (no matter how cute). PAWS


Seriously, folks. They look adorably puppy-cute and helpless, but if they're touched by humans, their mothers will abandon them. They usually go back out with the tide anyway.
Great article that more people need to be informed about. Also important to note that harbor seals are at carrying capacity in the Puget Sound which means it is natural for up to half of the pups of a year to die, a fact of nature.
@1 "but if they're touched by humans, their mothers will abandon them."

That's bullshit but seriously, look but don't touch.
Same thing with baby birds. Unless they're in a road with cars.
"Herp derp, give it some Gatorade. IT'S GOT ELECTROLYTES!"
Recalls this story from 2010. Dumb fucking hayseeds:…
Good rule of thumb. Is it a wild animal? Yes? Then stay the fuck away from it. Either you're a danger to it or it's a danger to you.

It's what seals crave!
Where's dem Pups at?

Thrill needs a new Winter Coat. I already got a bat.
@4 Most birds, save for kiwis and vultures, lack a sense of smell by which to reject "tainted" chicks, but it's still not a good idea. What's more likely to happen is you'll be attacked by the parents, and you more than likely won't be able to get to the nest to return the chick anyway. Chicks fall out of nests, and often it's necessary in order to maintain the selection pressure for vigorous hatchlings- the weak, or late-hatching ones are culled by their own siblings' jostling. Returning it to the nest jeopardizes the entire brood, because the parents aren't evolutionarily prepared for that workload as the chicks mature. If you have the resources to nurture a fallen chick yourself, that's a different story (and possibly illegal, depending on species), but it still shoudn't go back to the nest.

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