The main function of wildlife rehabilitators is to ensure that any injured, sick or orphaned skunk is well taken care of and later on returned to its natural habitat in the wild. You also have to understand that rehabilitators do not train or turn wild skunks into domesticated types. They usually assess any possible injuries and then diagnose any diseases in skunks with the help of veterinarians.
Qualifications: It is evident that taking care of these animals is complicated especially is they are still young, it is therefore significant for them to not only have basic but extensive knowledge on skunks and any other wild animal for that matter. They are required to know their behavioral aspects, their specific diet, their nature and histories and their most appropriate habitats. Apart from this, they have to know all the dangers that skunks may present to their lives.
If the skunks are injured or sick, rehabilitators are required to administer the required first aid and any other physical therapies required. If they are orphaned they have to carefully check on them to ensure that they are not sick, cold or starving. In case they are cold, they will provide the necessary environment that is required to keep them warm, when they are starving, they will feed the orphaned skunks with specialized diets.
Before surrendering any skunk, you have to ensure that you are handing over the animal to qualified professional rehabilitators. All these professionals are required to either have state or federal permits therefore it will be very easy for you to determine who professionals are.
Benefits of rehabilitators dealing with skunks: It is better if you hand over skunks to professional rehabilitators because of several reasons: