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Wounded and dead animals

Rescue Department

According to the Nature Conservation and Animal Welfare Acts, every effort must be made in order to help a wild animal which is sick, injured or otherwise in a helpless state. Sometimes the only way to help a severely injured animal is to end its suffering.

The animal rescue team of the Helsinki City Rescue Department helps animals that are sick, injured or in distress in the area of the City of Helsinki. Any such cases should be reported to Helsinki City Rescue Department, tel. 09 310 30151. 

Wild Animal Hospital

Helsinki Zoo has cared for injured wild animals for almost all of its 120 year history. The Wild Animal Shelter was reopened in October 2006, with its activities now funded by the Ministry of the Environment and the City of Helsinki. The shelter aims to help in all problem situations involving wild animals all across Finland.

Injured animals from the wild can be taken to Korkeasaari Zoo in quarantine section. Animals that need care will be received when the zoo is open. Rehabilitated animals will be released back to nature.

Korkeasaari Zoo cannot collect the animals. You should consult personnel about delivering animals to be taken care. Telephone inquires will be answered 12 - 1 pm tel. 09 310 37887. E-mail: zoo.palosaari(at)hel.fi.

Injured wild animals

Korkeasaari Zoo provides treatment for injured wild animals. Rehabilitated animals are released back into the wild. Wild animals in need of treatment are admitted every day during the zoo’s opening hours.

Korkeasaari Zoo cannot arrange for the pickup of injured animals. Delivery of animals for treatment should be discussed in advance with the staff of the Wild Animal Clinic. The telephone guidance service is available every day from 12:00 to 13:00 by calling 09 310 37887.

Animal rescue services are the responsibility of municipal rescue departments. This means that you should not call the national emergency number 112 in the event of an animal emergency. In the Helsinki area, animal rescue issues should be reported to the Situation Centre of the Helsinki City Rescue Department, tel. 09 310 30151.

Dead wild animals

Small dead wild animals can be disposed of as mixed waste, if necessary. Large dead wild animals can be reported to the City of Helsinki’s supervising veterinarians, tel. 09 310 32076, 09 310 32073 or 09 31032025. The supervising veterinarians can be reached on weekdays. 

Dead animals can be sent to the Finnish Food Authority to be examined, if necessary. For more information (in Finnish), please visit the Finnish Food Authority’s website: https://www.ruokavirasto.fi/viljelijat/elaintenpito/kuolleet-elaimet/luonnonvaraiset-elaimet/

If you find large numbers of dead animals in the same area, you should contact a City of Helsinki supervising veterinarian, who will assess whether the cause could be an infectious animal disease.

For example, if you find more than one dead swan, more than five dead other waterfowl or more than ten dead other birds in the same area, you should consider the possibility of avian influenza and contact a City of Helsinki supervising veterinarian. For more information on avian influenza, please visit the Finnish Food Authority’s website: https://www.ruokavirasto.fi/en/farmers/animal-husbandry/animal-health-and-diseases/animal-diseases/poultry/avian-influenza/

Outside of office hours, multiple dead birds found in the same area can be reported to the Rescue Department, tel. 09 310 30151 or to the on-duty Provincial Veterinary Officer, tel. 0295 204 658.

If you find a dead wild boar, you should contact a supervising veterinarian. It is important to have the carcass or samples of it tested for African swine fever. For more information on African swine fever, please visit the Finnish Food Authority’s website: https://www.ruokavirasto.fi/en/farmers/animal-husbandry/animal-health-and-diseases/animal-diseases/pigs/african-swine-fever-asf/

Animal disease to be combated

The statutory control of animal diseases is the responsibility of the City of Helsinki’s municipal veterinarians. In matters related to animal diseases, please contact the supervising veterinarians, tel. 09 310 32076, 09 310 32073 or 09 31032025. The supervising veterinarians can be reached on weekdays.

To prevent the spread of animal diseases, it is very important for the authorities to know where animals are being kept. The statutory obligation to register as an animal keeper and mark animals extends to a very broad range of animals. For more information (in Finnish), please visit the Finnish Food Authority’s website: https://www.ruokavirasto.fi/viljelijat/elaintenpito/elainten-merkinta-ja-rekisterointi/




11.02.2021 12:36