Groundhog, “Sheldon” aka “Oil Springs Ollie”
Meet Ollie he was orphaned as a baby and because of his time spent with people, he became habituated to humans. Being fearless of humans is a trait that would spell his demise if he was released back into the wild. Heaven’s Wildlife Rescue agreed to take Ollie in at the centre as a permanent resident. Ollie is now an HWR Educational Ambassador. Ollie goes with us to events and educational presentations.
Striped Skunk, “Stinkerbutt”
Meet Stinkerbutt he was orphaned as a baby and had problems with his back legs. Due to his disability Stinkerbutt could not be released back to the wild. HWR has taken him in as a permanent resident and is providing the care he needs. Stinkerbutt is an educational animal and comes to some or our events and educational programs to help teach the public about skunks and why they are an important part of our ecosystem.
Painted Turtle, “Talia”
Meet Talia, she was admitted to HWR after she was confiscated from a home in southern Ontario. Ontario’s wildlife are not pets and it is illegal to keep wildlife. Talia could not be released back to the wild because she was habituated to humans and her origin was unknown. So Talia will lives here at HWR and has joined our educational team.
Striped Skunk, “Ernie”
Meet Ernie he was orphaned and was put in a box and dropped off on our door step. When we admitted him, he was habituated to humans and was very sick. We were unsure if he was going to make it but he kept fighting so we did also! Ernie finally recovered after 3 months of various treatments. Ernie was not releasable because he was habituated to humans and his point of origin was unknown. (Usually if the point of origin is unknown we legally have to euthanize that animal). We thought we could use Ernie’s help in our educational program so we applied for an educational permit for him and it was granted. Ernie is now a permanent resident here at HWR. Ernie comes to some or our events and educational programs to help teach the public about skunks and the benefits of skunks
in our environment.