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If interested in learning more about volunteering with us, please visit here or contact our volunteer coordinator, Linda Boag-Moores at 20****@pr*************.com“>in**@pr*************.com.

During baby season wildlife babies need to be fed frequently during the day which is why our first shift goes from 6 am in the morning and our last shift ends at 11 pm at night).

 Please volunteer today. Animal care is rewarding. Help is in your hands.

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Wildlife in Distress

Article by Jen Howard  and images by Crystal Faye

Read time : One minute

Sometimes you get an admission that just needs to be made public. This one points out the dangers of things we use to get rid of pests. It never ends well and takes more lives than you want it to. This beautiful grackle got caught in a glue trap. Upon arrival he was caught so badly his whole tail came off. He was in bad shape. Amazingly he has survived the ordeal thus far. We’ve had to take baby steps in getting all the glue off due to his stress levels. He is very feisty and angry which is a good sign. 

Please do not use glue traps. Everything gets caught in them – birds, snakes, good insects, butterflies, mice, etc. It’s a death trap nothing wants to be caught in, creating severe damage. A horrible death follows. 100% Inhumane. Nothing deserves to die this way. Absolutely nothing. It will be the better part of a year in rehabilitation for this bird to grow all his feathers back for release.

Jen Howard

A Portrait of Beauty

Article and images by Jen Howard

Read time: 3 minutes

There are stories in this world that just need to be told. A mother skunk got into trouble. A strange case actually. A basketball net tipped over on the ground and she got caught up in it. She was brought to us with a badly injured tail. Upon closer examination it was noticed she was also a lactating mom. As her tail needed treatment, she had to stay, so the finders searched for her babies, but sadly they were never found. 

However, the next part of the story will melt your heart. We had a family of six orphaned skunks already. As luck would have it, they were from the same area where mom was found. Would she take them under her wing as her own?  Well, here is the melt your heart part. She did. Momma skunk took them on as her new family and nursed them.  Acceptance. It’s so very sad about her little ones. But her new family now has a mother again. A new family formed. She watches them like a hawk, she carries them around, plays with them, snuggles. It’s just beautiful.  Six babies are a handful and these are no exception. But she is loving every minute of it because she is an incredible mother. 

Each skunk is so different, so we decided this would be an interesting story; why are stripes so varied from one family to another? One area from another. What do stripes mean? Aposematism is when an animal is telling a predator that they are not such a tasty meal through colours and patterns, and in this case, also odours. Skunks would rather not spray, since it takes up to 10 days to replenish that wonderful perfume we all love so much, but it is their only defence. It is said, that their body colours and patterns will also give them a helping hand in protection. Although most of our pets don’t see it that way unfortunately. Until that lovely skunk perfume hits them in the face and it’s too late. 

Turns out, if skunks live in an area highly populated by predators, foxes, coyotes and even large owls like the great horned, their stripe variations and patterns are less elaborate, some lacking any white at all, so they can camouflage better. On the other hand, living in a lesser predated area, skunks seem to have more elaborate colourations and patterns because camouflaging is not as much of a problem. This little family is beautiful. One half white, white on bellies, behind ears, white tails, big stripes, 2 stripes, thick stripes, stripes on faces. Absolutely stunningly adorable. Most skunk stripes also head right back to their tail because this is a straight line to their anal gland, the bulls eye warning to stay away.

So seems these little ones and this momma came from an area with less predators. When I think about it. I have had skunks where I live that were very black, barely any white, which is beautiful and so different. At that time, yes, there were more predators, such as coyotes and foxes. And yes, they were even harder for me to spot in the tall grasses. Interesting facts indeed.

Jen Howard

Muskrat Love

Article, images, and videos by Annette Bays

Read time: 3 minutes

Over the years we have seen muskrats in our ponds on and off. They never seem to stay for long, but they have burrowed into the bank and made a home, sometimes even overwintering. They do take the cattails down and take them into the burrows, presumably to eat, but don’t stay long enough to make an impact on the cattail population which is their main food source.

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Well, one year our cattails seemed to be getting out of control. We had heard that a pond can be taken over by cattails, and once that happens it can’t be undone. So, that fall, my husband set about pulling them out in key areas. This was an arduous and exhausting job that took many days to complete, but we were happy with the results – for a while.

You see, the next spring turned out to be the year that our semi-resident muskrat found a mate and decided to make our ponds his more permanent home. They started to take cattails down in earnest, to the point where we were worried there might not be anywhere left for the red winged blackbirds to nest. But, as it turned out, they didn’t decimate all the cattails and in the years since they have filled out again. I suppose this is an example of nature keeping things in balance, if we would only step aside.

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We also had the treat that year of witnessing the introduction of a new muskrat life into our world. He was a sweet innocent thing and I had the pleasure one day of spending a good long time on the grassy bank watching him eat. I was very close to him, and at times he even looked me right in the eye, but he seemed to have no concept of my existence at all.  Until I spoke that is, at which point he quickly ran off into the pond. But I enjoyed our short relationship immensely.

Animal Updates June 2024

Article and images by Jen Howard

Read time: 3 Minutes

Juicyfruit the Squirrel

This little baby squirrel was rescued by a woman and her two children. She was found trying to drag herself off the road without the use of her back legs. We assume she was hit or clipped by a car. She is very feisty and has regained the use of her back legs. She will be with us for a while yet, but although slow, she is coming along and recovering well. 

New fox from Beeton

He came in with mange and is almost ready to go home and reunite with his family. Getting him in the early stages shortened his stay with us and will get him back out there where he belongs.

Bunny with a broken leg.

This adult eastern cottontail was found in Barrie. The rabbit was found to have multiple leg fractures, most healing already on their own. Our wonderful vets at National Wildlife Centre decided it was worth giving this rabbit a second chance at life, and repaired his injuries. We are hoping for a full recovery. One day at a time. 

Weasels, weasels and more weasels

What a crazy year for weasels. Most recently one adult plus short tail and long tailed infants came in. Two short tails found their way into a cat’s mouth and were taken to home owners who rescued the little guys. Sadly, a couple of the long tails were found beside their dead mother and others were also found orphaned.  Busiest year for weasels ever.

Hermie the baby big brown bat. 

This sweet little baby was named for his cute looks resembling a Christmas elf. Couldn’t be more perfect I dare say. Those ears and that face. He has stolen our hearts.  He was found during the heat wave. The home owner had built a bat box and noticed the very tiny bat on the ground. Mom’s can not pick them up from the ground. His weight upon arrival was 4 grams; an older pup. Having already lost his first set of milk teeth and now having his adult teeth, he is still on formula, but can now start getting meal worm and super worm viscera, yum yum.   For various reasons during the severe heat wave baby bats came tumbling, falling from their bat boxes. Over heating, perhaps bees, mites or fleas. If you find a bat on the ground always contact us for advice. They can not take flight from the ground.

Raccoons

We have had many baby raccoons come in over time, it’s been a tough season for the orphaned and injured. If you find baby animals, always try to wait it out, or contact us for advice on getting moms to move babes on their own. This goes for all animals who may have found a nice cozy place to have their little ones on your property. Do it the right way, do not trap.  Call us at 905-729-0033. 

Fawns

We have 6 fawns in our care at the moment. They are outside in the smaller deer enclosure, still bottle fed and getting solid foods offered as well now. All doing very well. Again, please call us for advice before you secure a fawn. They may not need help. 

 Jen 

If you would like to help toward the care of our injured wildlife, please visit: https://www.procyonwildlife.com/donations/general-donation-toward-care-of-an-animal/

Thank you! HELP is in YOUR hands… it’s in ALL OUR HANDS

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