Many young animals are purposely left by their mothers for many hours of the day. If you have found what appears to be an abandoned or needy animal, check with one of the area wildlife rehabilitation services before touching or removing the animal.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (888-248-6834) has information on common wildlife species, regulations related to wildlife and wildlife disposition, and contact information for local wildlife rehabilitation services. For ill or injured wildlife, call them at 800-662-7137.
Turtle Rescue Team is part of NC State's College of Veterinary Medicine and provides medical and husbandry care for sick and injured wild turtles, reptiles, and amphibians in the hopes of returning them to their natural habitat.
Wildlife Welfare offers information and instructions regarding abandoned or injured wildlife. Call 919-387-1662 for more information.