This Sunday my PH and I decided to take a drive to admire the fall colours. For the very first time in ages we left Shiva behind with a stuffed and frozen Kong. I know she doesn’t much get the point of oohing and aahing over pretty leaves and I have no doubt she was happier in the house with her yummy snack.
Leaving the poor dog behind also enabled us to check out the Provincial Wildlife Park in Shubenacadie. Given our love of animals I can’t believe it took us over three years to get there. Upon entering the park, this lovely gal greeted us with a coy smile and a glance toward the deer treat machine.
That’s right, I said deer treat machine. For the cost of a quarter we actually got to feed this sweetheart – with our bare hands! She was even kind enough to let us stroke her rough, but warm, neck.
Most of the animals at the park came from other zoological facilities in North America where they were born in captivity. Hence why the deer was so friendly. Many seemed to feel very comfortable around people and came to the front of their enclosures to say hello. A few were also received from members of the public who kept wildlife as pets. As they could never be released to the wild, they are sent to the park for rehabilitation and care.
While I understand the temptation as many of the animals were incredibly cute, I don’t get why anyone would attempt to raise a wild animal as a domestic companion. Even if one is able to bond with the animal, what happens if that animal’s caregiver dies? What if the animal got out and hurt neighbourhood pets? It’s just to much of a risk. Not to mention, illegal.
That being said, I could have tucked this guy into my pocket very easily.
Or given this handsome fellow one giant hug. Wouldn’t he make a wonderful pillow?
My PH was disappointed, however, when we weren’t able to find the moose in the deep grass of the enclosure. Silly boy, he actually thinks they exist. Clearly I have yet to convince him moose are part of Canada’s largest zoological conspiracy. (Although, I hear some Americans have gotten in on the act.) In all my years on the planet, I have yet to see one of these mythological creatures. But I have seen a lot of signs.
I guess that’s what they are supposed to look like. You know, if they were real.
The biggest hit of the day was the Arctic Fox. I didn’t know these adorable fuzzballs sometimes find themselves in Nova Scotia after drifting down on an errant ice flow. It would be so cool to see one in the wild!
They were just so playful! Like little puppies with very sharp teeth. They distracted me so much, I almost forgot about the silly dog I had waiting for me at home. The foxes (is that the correct pluralization?) definitely made up for the “no dogs allowed” rule. I loved them so much, I couldn’t resist taking a video to share with you all. Get ready to melt into a puddle!