I’m a wildlife rehabilitator. All of the animals I treat are born wild.
Many of my patients are first photographed after they’ve been captured for treatment, and have visible signs that they are captive (caging, patient ID tags, bedding, etc.).
I posted a lot of my patients, especially ones that might be hard for a layperson to identify, like neonates and unusual color morphs. Rehabilitation is a great way to get up-close photos of wildlife.
I’ve tagged the location where they were found as the site of the observation, but several of these were flagged as “captive” and I had a photo of a long-tailed weasel labeled a domestic ferret by someone who admitted he based the identification purely on the fact that the animal was in a cage. I’m particularly sore about that because long-tailed weasels are very rare in my region, with only one other being noted in the last 15 years, do it’s a noteworthy observation.
Aside from continuing to explain in the notes field why the animals appear to be captive, is there anything I can do to prevent observations of animals in rehabilitation from being erroneously flagged as captive and downgraded to “casual?” And does anyone else post observations of animals photographed in temporary captivity?