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The Toronto Wildlife Cen­tre is a local leader in the field of wildlife res­cue, vet­eri­nary care, reha­bil­i­ta­tion and edu­ca­tion.
The Toronto Wildlife Cen­tre is a local leader in the field of wildlife res­cue, vet­eri­nary care, reha­bil­i­ta­tion and edu­ca­tion. As part of my vol­un­teer work for the cen­tre, I have doc­u­mented some of their patients under­go­ing reha­bil­i­ta­tion, or being released back into the wild, and I have had the priv­i­lege of rid­ing with their skilled and com­pas­sion­ate res­cue team. For more infor­ma­tion about the cen­tre, please visit their web­site at
Aaron Archer displays the tiny Eastern screech owl in TWC’s assessment room. He was brought in thin and dehydrated, but alert.
Juvenile Peregrine Falcon receives antibiotics for an eye ulcer resulting from hitting a window
This painted turtle was run over by a car and is in rehabilitative care.
This raccoon was admitted with some bleeding from his mouth after a short fall off of a ledge
He was quickly given x-rays to look for other injuries
The raccoon goes into surgery and receives 4 stitches on his mouth. His injuries are minor so he will only spend a short time in recovery until he can be moved to a larger outdoor enclosure, the last step before release
A red squirrel escapes the hands of TWC’s wildlife rehabilitation manager in the assessment room, and treats it like a jungle gym! Even among professional wildlife veterinarians, wild animals can sometimes get away! TWC is well-designed with bird-proof, snake-proof, and even mouse-proof rooms. Squirrels are quick and clever, but no match for TWC’s team who quickly scooped this one up with a net.
This snowy owl was brought in by TWC’s Rescue Team after he was found near a highway in Vaughan with a visible wing injury.
Two red-tailed hawks perch in a large outdoor aviary.
Both of these red-tailed hawks were rescued by TWC’s rescue team. One was spotted in some bushes by a mailman and was unable to fly—TWC vets x-rayed him and found that he had a wing fracture. The other was seen sitting on the ground for hours looking weak and thin, and he was diagnosed with a fractured shoulder and parasites. After a series of treatments, including wing wraps, pain medications, anti-inflammatories, and antihelminthics, they are on the mend in one of TWC’s outdoor raptor aviaries.
Red-tailed hawks in TWC’s care are given a nutritious diet of feeder quails and rodents, mimicking their natural diet in the wild.
A pigeon with string wrapped tightly around his toe is anaesthetized and placed on a heating pad in preparation for surgery.
String and other litter can be very dangerous for wildlife. String wrapped tightly around the toe, also referred to as “stringfoot”, is a common injury among pigeons and other urban birds. In this pigeon’s case the string has constrained blood circulation, resulting in necrosis.
The necrotic toe is amputated from the pigeon’s foot. He will be able to get around well in the wild with the three healthy toes remaining.
A wildlife veterinarian stitches up the pigeon’s wound. He will be treated with a regimen of painkillers and remain in the care of TWC’s rehabilitation team until he is fully healed and ready to go back into the wild.
A Cooper’s hawk, admitted to Toronto Wildlife Centre after she was found on a sidewalk in Oshawa and unable to fly, receives Anesthesia so that the TWC veterinary team can x-ray her.
The hawk’s wings are gently taped onto the x-ray table to ensure the best possible angle for interpreting her x-ray results.
Her x-rays complete, the Cooper’s hawk is nestled on a blanket in a comfortable position while she wakes from her anaesthesia.
TWC veterinary technician Beth takes a rare moment to herself in the radiology lab.
TWC Veterinarian Dr. Sherri Cox examines a pigeon’s feathers with veterinary technician Beth and wildlife care volunteer Elizabeth. The pigeon was found with damaged feathers, and having trouble flying.
TWC veterinary technician Beth begins lowering the pigeon’s anaesthetic while Dr. Cox examines the x-ray images for injury.
As the pigeon begins to wake up, veterinary technician Beth prepares to intubate his trachea to aid breathing.
A quick release: this tiny deer mouse, who came to TWC as an orphan, is now healthy and strong enough to be out on his own. Here he is darting out of his hiding tube and back into the world
Many migratory birds are admitted to Toronto Wildlife Centre after colliding with buildings along their migratory path. Unfortunately some do not make it. This golden-crowned kinglet has been catalogued and will be sent out to scientists who research this phenomenon
A tiny brown snake, admitted after a passerby stepped on his tail, is examined under a magnifying glass in TWC’s assessment room.
Veterinary Technician Beth Pielsticker and Head TWC Veterinarian Dr. Sherri Cox examine a Canada goose’s wing on the x-ray table
A Red Tail Hawk with a suspected head injury in the intensive care unit
This red-tailed hawk came to TWC at the beginning of July, stunned and not flying after hitting a window. As soon as he regained strength and a healthy appetite, he was released back home into the wild
An eastern grey squirrel undergoes surgery to drain an abscess.
Feeding an orphaned rabbit
This red-shouldered hawk was admitted to Toronto Wildlife Centre after he was found lying on the side of the road in Washago.
Head TWC Veterinarian Sherri Cox gives him a thorough assessment, checking his body and feather condition, and checking his eyes for ulcers.
A seagull is positioned comfortably as he begins waking up from anaesthesia, while TWC veterinarian Dr. Cox makes notes on his medical chart.
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