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“Let’s Get Wild” Event a Big Success

June 27, 2018

By Brian Reid

What could be more adorable than a baby porcupine? How about a de-scented skunk, a baby woodchuck, a pair of silver fox pups named Ebony and Copper, or an adolescent bobcat!

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Adolescent Bobcat

These animal ambassadors and their human handlers from Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue delighted a crowd of about 60 people at the Samuel Wilmot Nature Area on Saturday June 9th.

Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue is Durham’s only Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and is licensed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Canadian Wildlife Services to rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick, injured, abandoned, and orphaned wildlife. It also conducts educational programming sessions in schools and elsewhere.

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Wildlife Educators

Wildlife Educators Jaquie Rombough, Rhiannon Lace, and Tristian Loughlin engaged the excited children in an informative discussion about the differences between herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores and displayed a variety of pelts, skulls, and scat samples. The “animal ambassadors” were introduced in turn with a brief story about how they came to be at the Rescue Centre and were then circulated through the crowd to allow everyone the opportunity to see them up close – and even pet them.

Jackie Winterfield

Event sponsor Jackie Winterfield snuggles with one of two silver fox pups brought by the team.

“Let’s Get Wild” was organized by the Samuel Wilmot Nature Area Advisory Committee and was sponsored by Newcastle resident Jackie Winterfield of Re/Max Hallmark First Group Realty.

Thank you Jackie for making this event possible!

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