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The Animal Welfare Act does not cover wild animals living in the wild, but under Section 2 of the Act, any animal that is under the temporary control of man, is a protected animal:
Animal Welfare Act, 2006, Section 2, “Protected Animal”
An animal is a “protected animal” for the purposes of this Act if -
(a) it is of a kind which is commonly domesticated in the British Islands,
(b) it is under the control of man whether on a permanent or temporary basis, or
(c) it is not living in a wild state.
Therefore, any wild animal taken in for the purposes of rehabilitation becomes a protected animal, and as such, deserves a duty of care as defined in Section 9 of the Act. This duty of care defines an animal’s needs as: