Monday, December 18, 2006

What does "imprint" mean regarding wildlife?

Many species of wildlife are susceptible to imprinting. Animals or birds "imprint" to something other than their own species when it is raised by people or another species of animal. It does not recognize itself as the species that it is because it has the "imprint" of whatever raised it.

It's important that this does not happen since instinctive training must be passed down to the animal also. If an animal is imprinted by humans, it cannot be released into the wild since they are fearless of humans and this would decrease its survival possibilities.

Whenever possible try to unite the "baby" with the parent or get it to a Wildlife Rehabilitator as soon as possible.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

kinda helps but not really

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