Baby Groundhog

Baby groundhogs are both adorable and rarely found by humans. This is probably because unless their mom goes missing, they become very hungry, or their den is destroyed, they’ll stay in with their mother for a long time. If you have accidentally destroyed a nest or suspect there are orphaned babies, please call the sanctuary. During your phone call, in the event that we advise assisting the animal, we will likely recommend that you take the baby inside and place in a box with soft, clean cloths and keep warm, either with a heating pad or a warm water bottle. Keeping the animal away from all pets and children is important! Although baby groundhogs have been very docile in our experience, you’ll need to wear gloves and take care with handling, as they are a high risk species for the rabies virus. If the animal is agitated, simply toss a blanket over him or her and gently scoop into a crate. Then keep the baby warm and safe until you can get him or her to us for proper care.

Injured Adult Groundhog

Call Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary immediately if you find an injured adult groundhog. Do not attempt to capture the animal until you talk to a member of RWS. If immediate action is needed, wear thick gloves, throw a towel or blanket over the animal, and scoop it into a box or crate.
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