Wildlife but not out in the wild

September 06, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Today I went to a Butterfly Farm. It was much like the one in Coffs Harbour. There was lots of tropical greenery. There was an interesting display of chrysalises. A couple had opened and the butterflies were drying their wings.

Also went to a Wildlife Rehabilitation Refuge. Some birds like this bald eagle were being rehabilitated to return to the wild. The two bald eagles and two golden eagles are kept in a large barn where they can fly while recovering from injuries. There was another large section of enclosures that house birds that cannot be returned to the wild, either because their injuries prevent them from surviving in the wild or because they have imprinted on humans. Once a year, visitors can watch and participate in the releases of the birds to the wild. But it was not today.

The only mammal resident is a big black bear called Canute who cannot be returned to the wild. He was snoozing when I visited but even lying down he was a very big bear. I expected something different but was really happy with the visit.


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