Two members of a roadside safety crew saved the life of an injured young owl in Hilden, N.S., on Tuesday. Will Shelley and Chad Stephens found the owl they call “Lucas” in the ditch. “You could tell it was in distress because it was just hopping around and flopping all over the place,” said Shelley.
When a worried motorist stopped to help a wounded porcupine in Debert, N.S., last weekend, the animal was so weak it fell over when approached. The driver brought the porcupine to the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre south of Truro, N.S. It had two holes in its head, leading staff at the centre to initially believe it had been shot.
Hunters say it is too difficult to get their hands on non-toxic ammunition in Nova Scotia, even with the push to move away from the lead rounds whose fragments can poison eagles scavenging on the remains of shot animals.
An injured owl is lucky to be alive after a road crew rescued it from a cold ditch in Upper Stewiacke, N.S. William Shelley and four co-workers were directing traffic during tree-trimming on Tuesday when colleague Chad Stephens spotted the owl. The crew immediately rushed to help the animal, which wasn’t moving much.
William Shelley et ses quatre collègues taillaient des arbres mardi lorsque l’un d’entre eux, Chad Stevens, a aperçu la chouette frigorifiée. Les cinq hommes ont immédiatement arrêté leurs tâches respectives pour venir en aide à l’oiseau en mauvaise posture. William Shelley raconte qu’ils se sont spontanément mis à lui parler pour le réconforter.
Andy Pyke, from left, a wildlife technician with the Department of Natural Resources, and members of the Port Morien Wildlife Association Jeff MacNeil and Stan Peach get paperwork for an eagle carcass given to the association to have mounted by a taxidermist for educational purposes.