FAQS - How to feed an orphaned mammal in an emergency

Orphan small mammals

Please never feed with any type of animal milk. They cannot digest this at all and it can even kill them. Cow’s milk is only designed for cows!!!

Call us for advice, but here is what you can do if you cannot get the baby to us immediately:

Warm the baby before attempting to feed it. You can do this by using a covered hot water bottle, or microwaving a sock filled with rice.


Once the baby is warm you can try to give it some fluids.

To give the baby fluids please follow this recipe:

A homemade rehydration solution can be made by mixing: ¼ teaspoon salt + ¼ tablespoon of sugar + 1 mug of warm water – (pre-boiled from your kettle and allowed to cool to body temperature).

Feed the baby with great care, very slowly as babies can inhale the fluid easily and get pneumonia.  The baby must not be held on its back.

You can use a small syringe, paintbrush or tiny pipette to feed the baby.

Only small amounts little and often are needed and please only use this homemade solution until you can get the baby in to us, preferably as soon as you can.

We will then start feeding a specially made wildlife milk formula.