The discipline of wildlife rehabilitation draws from many related
fields. To truly understand a wild animal and its requirements while
it is undergoing rehabilitation, we must understand its growth and
development, behaviours and socialization, habitats and seasonal
changes, diet and means of procuring food, and common challenges
in its environment (e.g., diseases, food scarcity, inclement weather,
Scientists study, in fascinating detail, the lives of wild creatures
in their environments. These researchers, who specialize in the
study of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish, insects
or plants, have amassed information that contributes to a larger
picture, and they continue to do so.
By availing ourselves of specialized information, we can look at
our patients both in their larger context and through a magnifying
glass. We can begin to see the intricate details and the larger
picture that they comprise, which are a whole animal -- its life
and its needs.
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