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Protests over the death of George Floyd have spread through the US for six straight days now, culminating in both peaceful demonstrations and violent, fiery clashes between police and civilians. Over the weekend, ugly scenes unfolded in cities from coast to coast. Video from New York City appears to show a New York City Police Department truck plowing into a crowd. In Minnesota, a man who drove a tanker truck through a crowd of protesters has been charged with assault. Journalists in multiple cities have been arrested or assaulted while covering the protests. Businesses and buildings have gone up in flames. Widespread injuries have been reported, including at least seven police officers hurt in Boston. In Detroit, a 21-year-old man was shot and killed during a protest, though police couldn’t confirm the victim was participating at the time. As a result, at least 40 cities have imposed curfews, and National Guard members have been activated in 15 states and Washington, DC. Around 4,000 people have been arrested since the first ripples of outrage over Floyd’s death began last week.

Meanwhile, the former officer who was shown on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck before he died has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter – two felonies in which intent is a key element. Derek Chauvin’s first court appearance is now scheduled for June 8. …

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How to help baby animals this spring …

By Kristin Rickman

As many of us now try to venture out of our homes safely, we will see one of the most welcome signs of spring: baby animals. Every year around this time, PETA fields countless calls about possibly injured or orphaned animals who need help. Sometimes they do. But more often than not, the animal is OK. While the caller’s intentions are admirable, human interference will do more harm than good.

Here’s how to tell whether to intervene:

In most cases, young wildlife should be left alone. Resist the urge to “rescue” a wild animal unless you see an obvious injury such as a broken wing or leg; the animal has been caught by a cat, dog or other predator; he or she is trembling or acting weak and lethargic; a still-dependent baby’s parent was killed nearby; or the animal is in immediate obvious danger in some other way. In these situations, call a wildlife rehabilitator to find out what to do and where to take the animal. PETA offers a state-by-state list at PETA.org.

Many of the calls we receive are about birds. It is not true that birds will abandon their babies if a human has touched them. If you find a fallen nestling (a baby with fuzzy feathers or none at all), place him or her back in the nest. If you can’t reach it, make a substitute nest out of a basket or a paper cup with holes in the bottom in case of rain. Place it close to the original nest out of reach of cats and dogs and check to ensure that the parents return within a few hours. If they don’t, call a rehabber for assistance.

Fledglings โ€” birds who have most of their feathers and are out of the nest learning to fly โ€” stay close to their parents and need to learn from them how to survive. If they are in imminent danger, they can be moved to a safer spot close by.

Many of us spot fawns in the spring. Most fawns who are alone have not been orphaned. Mother deer leave their babies in safe places while they find food, returning several times a day. Deer have an acute sense of smell and are alarmed when their babies carry a human’s scent. Fawns should not be disturbed unless they show obvious signs of injury or are wandering alone and calling.

Similarly, mother rabbits tuck their babies into covered ground nests while they look for food, only returning a couple of times a day so as not to tip off predators. If you see a nest that has been disturbed, place the babies back in it and leave them there unless you are certain that the mother has been killed. One way to find out is to place a string loosely over the nest and check back to see if it has been moved. Babies who are 5 inches long are old enough to be on their own.

Squirrels’ nests are occasionally blown out of trees, but mothers usually have a backup nest. If you find a fallen nest, place what remains of it with the babies in a shallow box at the base of the tree. Place a hot water bottle inside as the babies can become chilled. Keep an eye on the babies from as far away as possible. The mother will not return if she sees humans, so resist the temptation to repeatedly approach the box. If the mother has not returned within a few hours, contact your local rehabber.

Never try to care for wildlife yourself. Always leave it to the experts: the baby animals’ parents or a licensed rehabilitator. Humans with the best of intentions can accidentally harm vulnerable wildlife. For that reason, many speciesโ€”including nearly all birdsโ€”are protected by federal or state laws prohibiting unlicensed people from attempting to care for them.

Keep a rehabber’s contact information handy, and pack a towel, gloves, a net and a carrier in the car as you set out to enjoy hikes and nature walks this spring.

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