National Wild life Day is March 3rd. While we of course usually focus our blogs on pets, it’s important to recognize the connection between our beloved animal companions and their wild counterparts. With so many species in decline, we do try to help wildlife and ecosystems when we can. A veterinarian lists some simple ways that you can do that below.
Did you know that kitties hunt billions of small animals every year? Fluffy looks adorably proud of herself when she drops a dead mouse or bird at your feet. However, your tiny lion is actually playing a pretty big role in decimating fragile wildlife populations. Keep your furball inside, and let her hunt catnip mice instead of real ones.
There are also a few things that you can do on your own property to help local wildlife. If you have a yard, allow native plants to grow back in part—or even all—of it. Plant colorful, fragrant flowers, which will attract and sustain native bees. If you live in a colder climate, when spring arrives, don’t mow the lawn until the dandelions have passed. These bright flowers, considered a nuisance by many, are actually crucial, as they are the first food for bees, birds, and butterflies.
Exotic pets are becoming quite popular. It’s not hard to see why: many of them are very cute and fascinating. Many people also find it very appealing to have an unusual pet. Just be responsible when adopting. Don’t adopt an animal without doing lots of research to make sure you understand its care needs. Also, only buy from reputable stores or breeders. Unfortunately, there are still black market sellers out there offering animals that were captured from the wild. This isn’t good for either the animals or the environment.
Always use humane, non-toxic products to get rid of any pests you have. Sadly, many wild birds, such as owls, hawks, and falcons, are poisoned every year by eating vermin that ingested toxic rodenticides.
Another thing that you can do is just be more mindful of wildlife when you are shopping. Choose products that use sustainable resources. When many people start making these small choices, small steps like these really add up, and can make a big difference!
To learn more about World Wildlife Day, and how to help wild animals, click here .
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