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Living Through a Pandemic

By Jennifer Howard

Here it is; April 21st, 2020. It’s 36°F, windy, cold and once in a while, snowing! Just a part of the craziness that so far 2020 has thrown our way. Over 6 weeks ago life changed as we know it.

Our lives changed but our wildlife, well they continue on with the exception of some things happening earlier than normal. There is no doubt in my mind that 2020 will go down in history as being a memory we would like to forget.

But life goes on. Just differently. Why?

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Procyon was recently featured in the New Tecumseth Times!

Procyon was recently featured in the New Tecumseth Times!

Just a reminder...if you want to cheer up a special person or celebrate a birthday, Procyon has an adoption program where you can sponsor an animal.

Due to the current pandemic, many of our major fundraisers have had to be cancelled, but our wildlife charges still need your help!

HELP is in YOUR hands!

CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

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We are excited to share the news....we had our first delivery of Baby Northern Flying Squirrels!

We are excited to share the news....we had our first delivery of Baby Northern Flying Squirrels. Mamma was found injured and brought to us at Procyon Wildlife... little did we know that she was pregnant... well we do now!!!! Mamma surprised us by delivering 4 teeny tiny babies. HAPPY BIRTHDAY little ones. Mamma has a traumatic brain injury, but is taking her …

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Would you like to help? Please consider sponsoring these newborns!

HELP is in YOUR hands!

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Release Time for Opossum admitted this past fall with head injuries!

Release Time for Opossum admitted this past fall with head injuries!

This past autumn, an opossum with head injuries (most likely hit by a car) arrived at the Procyon Wildlife Centre. He required a lot of care, and finally yesterday he was ready to be released back into the wild. He originally came from an area, where one of our volunteers resides, so he was released on their property. The Ministry …

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Message from one of our Rehabbers: Are there Animals in Your Attic?

If you hear an animal in your attic at this time of year PLEASE either give them some time to move on their own or encourage them to leave by putting a radio with blinking lights in the attic and give mom a few days to move her babies.

This is baby season and there is a 99.9% chance there are babies in there. Too many people trap and relocate the mom, and days later hear the babies. Do not call a trapper, call a wildlife rehabber for advice.

Please SHARE and keep sharing this information with everyone you know!. Rehabbers are already up to their eyeballs in baby raccoons!

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Meet Baby Kai!

This is baby "Kai"

This is baby "Kai"

This is baby "Kai"...one of our little orphaned foster raccoons. Kai has just been fed, and is now having a nap, surrounded by stuffed teddies. Kai is only around 2 weeks old, and the eyes don't open until raccoons are around 3 weeks old. Kai was born in a barn, and the farmers dog killed Kai's mom, as she fought …

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Sadly, Kai is the only one of his siblings to survive.  This tragedy could so easily have been avoided had the dog been kept on a leash. Domestic animals left outside unattended are responsible for many unnecessary wildlife deaths.

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Procyon Sponsor an Orphan Program

With many of our important fundraising programs cancelled due to COVID-19, we need the help of our supporters more than ever!

Our sponsorship package includes your choice of baby animal to sponsor, a picture and a certificate of the baby animal.

The animals that are currently available for sponsorship are: Bats, Fawns, Raccoons, Opossums, Squirrels, Cottontails and Porcupines.

For more details, visit https://www.procyonwildlife.com/sponsor-a-baby-animal/ or email us at info@procyonwildlife.com

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Baby Bunnies Eileen and Franklin!

Eileen and Franklin. This was after their morning meal - a sweet bath for her brother! Eileen and Franklin’s mom and siblings were unfortunately killed after a dog found their nest. Eileen has a small injury from the encounter, but these two are gaining weight slowly and steadily. They were admitted in Easter Sunday so they truly were our little Easter …

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More baby bunnies!

Due to the necessary social distances measures taken as a result of COVID-19, many of our baby animals are being fostered out to experienced Procyn Wildlife volunteers. Here are some pics of bunnies being cared for by one of our Procyon foster parents!

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Baby Fox suckling from Momma Fox.

This is a wonderful example of wildlife and human beings coexisting.

From her upstairs window, one of our Procyon supporters and advocates could see this mother fox and her kits emerging from their den!

At first she thought there were three, but then a fourth, smaller one came out from the den. This little one is still relying on his mom’s milk.

Isn't nature beautiful?

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If you encounter a wild animal which you believe needs help, please call us first at 905.729.0033

These babies still had their umbilical cords attached. They were given a bottle of formula, specifically made for baby raccoons, and then they had a nap. Their eyes and ears are still closed.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Procyon remains open with a skeleton staff. If you encounter a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal, you must make an appointment first so that someone experienced will be able to admit and treat the animal.

PLEASE CALL 905-729-0033 and leave a message.  Your call will be returned by our phone volunteers ASAP.

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Procyon needs your help more than ever! With the COVID-19 crisis, we are asking people not to bring animals to the centre without calling first. This means we need help from people to operate our phone lines from the safety of their home.

If you or someone you know might have a few extra hours per day to answer our hotline phones, please contact us at info@procyonwildlife.com

We will provide remote telephone training.

THE HOURS we need for telephone service are
Monday through to Sunday:     
8:00am-2:00pm or 2:00pm-8:00pm

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Wildlife creatures are often closer to home than you realise!

Wildlife creatures are often closer to home than you realise!

Baby Bunny Patches: Check for bunny nests before mowing your lawn! Dry dead patches of grass are a sign that baby bunnies could be burrowing under the surface. Before mowing your lawn check for bunny nests and cordon them off so you won't mow over them. Don't be alarmed if you don't see Momma Rabbit close by. She cares for …

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Please Check Burn Piles Closely Before Lighting!

Please Check Burn Piles Closely Before Lighting!

About this time last year, in April of 2019,  Mama Meadow and Baby Pebble were admitted to Procyon Wildlife. Once again it is the season that people are tidying up their gardens and property of the past season's debris. Before you burn those piles, please check to see if any animals are inside those piles. Many wildlife animals use them for nests to …

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Need to purchase a gift for someone?

Need to purchase a gift for someone? Or perhaps you are treating yourself! Please check out NOVICA for beautiful and unique items. For every item sold, the PROCYON WILDLIFE CENTRE, located in Beeton (just north of Toronto), receives 25%!!! With wildlife baby season fast approaching, and wildlife coming out of hibernation, it won't be long before we start getting orphaned and injured animals requiring our care. At Procyon, we care for these animals until they can be released back into the wild. We are thrilled to be partnered with NOVICA, which in turn, is associated with National Geographic.

Don't forget to shop at Novica for beautiful gifts that are sure to please! https://www.novica.com/procyonwildlife/

OR visit our Procyon ONLINE Store...

https://www.procyonwildlife.com/shop/

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Procyon's Wish List

We have updated our wish list! To view it please  click here

We are also looking for volunteers to build us bat boxes, squirrel nest boxes and deer boxes! If you like to sew, we need hammocks for our baby squirrels and opossums!

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Rabies Surveillance for April 1st, 2020

We are happy to report that as of March 18th there have been no new cases of rabies! We are currently at 472 cases of raccoon strain, and 21 cases of fox strain rabies in Ontario since December 2015.

For the full report and area map click here.

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Our Mission: Procyon Wildlife is dedicated to working with our communities in an effort to help wild animals in need of care. Our goals are to rescue, rehabilitate and safely release these animals, and to promote public appreciation for wildlife preservation.

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