Talia was admitted to HWR after they were confiscated from a home in southern Ontario. People had stolen her from her home in the wild. 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 origins were unknown. So, Talia lives here at HWR and has joined our educational team.
Teddy was admitted to HWR after he was confiscated from a home in southern Ontario where he was being kept in a pail. People had stolen him from his home in the wild. Ontario's wildlife are NOT pets and it is illegal to keep wildlife. Teddy could not be released back to the wild because his origins were unknown. Teddy lives here at HWR with Talia.
Roo was admitted to another wildlife centre as an orphaned baby. The finder had kept her for 3 days before reaching out for help not knowing she had fly eggs on her face. The fly eggs hatched and the maggots damaged both of her eyes and she was blind. We took Roo in and have given her a home here at HWR. Roo's story is another reason why finders need to get the animal to our centre right away.
Harvey was admitted to HWR after he was confiscated from some children.
The children had found Harvey and kept him. Unfortunately, Harvey was habituated and was not a candidate for release so Harvey lives here at HWR and helps out on our educational team.
Harvey goes out to our educational presentations and talks maybe you can meet him!
Tortellini is part of our educational animal team. She comes out to meet everyone and shows the differences between Ontario's native turtles and a tortoise.
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.
Daizee was injured when her mother was hit and killed on the road. Unfortunately, all her siblings were killed on impact. Upon admission she was dehydrated and had head trauma. She is non releasable due to the effects of the head trauma. She is unafraid of humans and unafraid of falling she has depth perception problems. Although these qualities make her non-releasable, they also make her an ideal candidate for an educational animal. Opossums are often misunderstood animals, Daizee helps to educate the public about the benefits of her species.