This little guy has been with us for a few weeks now and is growing into a fine young heron!
"Cool Fact" - they are one of the world's few tool-using birds!
This little bird will often create fishing lures to entice small fish to come closer! Using insects and feathers, he will drop them on the surface of the water ... and wait!
Small and discrete, Green Herons can be found around ponds and swamp areas throughout Southern Ontario in the summer months.
Standing very still at the waters edge, they will watch for small fish to feed on. They will sometimes dive after prey as well.
Our one survivor ... a lovely female ... has returned home to Lake Simcoe. Here's hoping she finds her flock quickly as she lost both of her male friends in the disastrous tangle.
...Rescued in Early May
3 Beautiful Long-tailed ducks were rescued off Georgina Island yesterday where they had become entangled in fishing line that was floating below the surface of the water. Their legs and wings were bound tightly from their struggles to free themselves.
One male lost his leg in the struggle and could not be saved
A second male was cut free but the trauma & stress of the event was too much for him and he passed away hours later.
One female has survived. Cut free, her wounds treated, she is recovering in our pond.
This is a tragic and unnecessary end to the lives of these special creatures. Human waste kills!! We desperately need to "clean up our act" out there. As you spring clean, pick up garbage and dispose properly. Let's all try just a little harder to live safely and well in our shared environment.
This very broken little red fox was rescued off the road near Georgia. He was rushed to SOH with a fractured pelvis, dislocated elbow and various other injuries. Unconscious and broken; his chances were grim.
After 7 weeks of critical care and rehabilitation, Little Red was ready and anxious to return to his mate. Rescuer, Georgia joined us for the exciting release. Be well Little Red!
A beautiful young yearling, this prickly patient was returned to Peterborough where we expect she will "pick up where she left off"!
She needed a little help with nutrition over her first winter but she is feisty and anxious to be on her journey again.
This coyote was discovered by a resident out walking his dog.
Unable to move, our team managed to gather him into a crate and transport him back to SOH where he is now recuperating in a safe environment. We believe he must have collided with a vehicle as he is very sore and a little uncoordinated.
... for a gunshot squirrel.
Rescued by OSPCA, Markham Animal Control, this poor guy had been suffering several days with a gun pellet lodged between his shoulders. He had been with us for several weeks before he was stable enough to attempt to perform surgery. The pellet was lodged securely beside the vertebrae at the base of his neck.
Dr Cliff and our medical staff worked hard on this little guy and although every move was critically dangerous, there were no other alternatives for our furry patient.
We are happy to report that surgery was successful!! "Chomps" the Eastern Gray Squirrel is currently recovering wonderfully. He is climbing (and biting!) again with the fervour of a wild one looking forward to being free very soon!