Simple ways to save the lives of your wild neighbors
Backyard swimming pools are synonymous with summer fun. But they can be deadly for wildlife.
Pool drownings are tragic, because they are preventable. Animals—from skunks, chipmunks and mice to lizards, frogs and snakes, or ducks, fledgling birds and even pets—can find themselves in a pool with no way to escape.
Wild animal babies are particularly at risk; their curiosity about these neighborhood bodies of water can take them perilously close to the edge.
A few simple pool precautions can help dramatically lower the danger to animals:
If a critter decides to take a dip in your pool before you have had the chance to install a ramp, log or rope, try one of these rescue techniques.
If you find that wild guests frequent your pool, you may want to consider building them a spa of their own. This can be especially helpful to wildlife in areas with limited water—it will keep them from trying to drink water from your pool, which is full of chemicals that aren’t healthy.
Content courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States.