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This blog is dedicated to the amazing wildlife rescue staff. Toronto Wildlife Centre and The Owl Foundation.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Screech Owl released back in the wild. Thanks TWC. Dec 2014

It was a cold and windy night with a bit of snow falling down.  Toronto Wildlife Centre dropped off a eastern screech owl to be returned to him area.  Stacey and Jeannie handed me a big box that we put in the car with seat belt on it.  The box was bouncing around and I drove quickly to get the owl to the release site.
The time was 5:30pm

I had on my head lamp and the car lights to help me safely move  around. I opened the box and out flew the largest screech owl I have ever seen.  His wings were huge.  I did not even have the box opened when the owl was trying to get out.
I was so surprised to see him land in the closest tree.  He looked up and down and all around.  You could tell he knew she was home.  I had a couple of seconds to take a few photos with my cell phone and point and shoot.
 Then in a blink she was gone.


Thank you Toronto Wildlife Centre for your care of all animals.
With out your help this owl would not have survived.

Thank you volunteer rescue staff  Max for picking up the injured bird.
Stacey and Jeannie who dropped him off for me to release.

A moment in time I will never forget.  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Red Fox released after 2 months care by TWC.

Thanks to Toronto Wildlife Centre this fox is once again free. 

October this young red fox was captured with mange.  Mange is treatable.  Thank you Toronto Wildlife Centre.

December 8, 2014 here is the same fox.  Beautiful fur, healthy and ready to be set free.  He was released in the same location as found.  

Smelling the ground

Leaving his scent in the bushes.

Looking over the bluffs 

Good luck Red.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Great Horned Owl - released on behalf of The Owl Foundation

It was a cold clear day and just before dusk a male Great Horned Owl is being released back where he was found.
Back in May the owl was found with head injuries.  Dr. Jason Steinman vet took the owl to the office and gave him life saving trama care.  The owl was then transferred to The Owl Foundation who then proceeded to get owl stable and then the long recovery process  Last Friday he was ready to go.  I met Peter who is a volunteer also..  Then off I went north of Toronto.     3 hours to go so back roading I went.  Great drive and lots of horses. 

I met Dr. Jason and his son,  Michelle Vet Assistant and friends Charm and her kids. Michelle had the honour to release the owl.  He was was so ready to go.  The box was opened and the owl started to get ready to leave. 

Powerful owl

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Powerful legs

Into the back trees he flew

He quickly pooped and then away he went again. 

Great horned owl feather.

Thank you so much Dr. Jason Steinman  and also the Owl Foundation for making it possible for the owl to go back to his home. With mating season about to start lets hope the female is still waiting for him.

Series of shots by Charm Anderson of the owl release.

Look at those talons and legs.  

Last photo by upcoming photographer Virginia Anderson.  Great shot Virginia.