Nursing and caring for lost and hurt animals
Anyone finding a lost and hurt wild animal in the nature can bring it to the Ranua Wildlife Park for care and nursing. Along the years we at the Ranua Wildlife Park have cared for over 90 different wild animals of various species. The most common species is the whooper swan. Other common species are, among others, the goshawk, the eagle owl, the crane, the goldeneye and the Tengmalm’s owl (the boreal owl), as well as the common otter of the mammals. Other more rare individuals in need of care have been the white stork who’d lost its compass and the young grey seal, which, for some reason, had gotten lost in a yard of a house far from the sea.
Some of the animals we care into such a good condition that they can be released back to nature; others remain living in the Wildlife Park. Unfortunately, there are also some in such a weak condition when arriving to the Park that they do not survive.
How do you know that an animal needs help?
If you find a cub or a young one who seems lost, alone and helpless, be patient, and observe the situation for a moment. Most young birds, and the young ones of many species like the squirrels, rabbits and wild reindeer may rest and lay aside from their mother, and do not need human help. If the animal is clearly hurt and in weakened condition, contact our animal attendants or the animal protection officer of the commune, and ask for advice what to do.
You can call the general Finnish emergency number (112) if the animal is a threat to a human or there is a need for special emergency equipment in rescuing the animal. Such situations are for example a moose or a reindeer running wild on the highway or in city-district, or a moose or a reindeer stuck in the ice in a lake or a river.
Ranua Wildlife Park animal attendants, tel. +358 40 644 9242 or +358 400 124 365
Animal protection officer of Lapland Nina Rissanen, tel. +358 40 7151793