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Mammals

 

MAMMAL PHOTOS

N. American porcupineALFAFA EINSTEIN QUILLIAM III, N. American porcupine

Alfalfa is a male porcupine that came from a wildlife facility in Wisconsin. He is a robust boy, a gentle giant. He loves going on education programs and meeting new people. Humans pose the largest threat, to these slow moving rodents as they frequently fall victim to road traffic. Alfalfa serves as a reminder of the need to understand our wildlife and the effect that we have on it.

Born: 6/2/2009, Arrived: 9/2/2009

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N. American porcupinePRICKLES, N. American porcupine

Prickles is a female porcupine that came from a wildlife facility in Wisconsin. She was orphaned and found with part of her umbilical cord still attached. She required round the clock care for months to save her life.  She never grew to full size and she requires lifelong medication so she could not be released. She is small but mighty! This little porcupine is the most opinionated one of the group and won’t hesitate to steal a sweet potato!

Born: 3/17/2012    Arrived: 4/22/2012

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N. American river otterQUILL, African Crested Porcupine

Quill is a male African Crested Porcupine that was rescued from an animal dealer in Ohio by a private citizen. He was then donated to the Center to be used for education.  We didn’t want him to be alone so we gave him unheard of roommates, N. American porcupines! Quill loves his job as an ambassador, especially when his fans feed him his favorite snack – sweet potatoes!

Born: 5/1/2013, Arrived: 7/1/2016

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opossumCAPTAIN, Virginia Opossum

Captain, the Virginia Opossum, was found in his mother’s pouch after she was hit by a car. Him and his siblings were lucky to be rescued and taken to a rehabilitation center, however Captain could not be released because his left did not develop properly and he is blind in that eye. Captain charms everyone with his easy going personality and his love of eating grapes!   

Born: 4/1/2019, Arrived: 10/17/2019

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striped skunkRASCAL, Striped Skunk

This inquisitive and playful Striped Skunk loves to get into absolutely everything! His favorite toys are cat toys with bells and slow feeders that require him to use his mind and his claws to extract his treats! Due to their smelly defense tactics, and their intelligence helping them get into mischief, skunks are often very misunderstood neighbors. Rascal teaches people about the importance of skunks and how we can live in harmony with them.

Born:  5/25/2019      Arrived:  7/26/2019

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trakehnerAQUILA, Trakehner

Aquila was acquired as a companion for a retired show horse.  Raising Aquila has made us rethink the myth that horses are not intelligent.  He plans, preys upon, and plays with everything and everyone.  Since it is illegal to allow the public to interact with most wildlife, the horses allow visitors to have a hands-on encounter with an animal.  Aquila is a Trakehner warmblood whose bloodlines can be traced back to East Prussia in 1732. 

Born: 4/30/1994, Arrived: 4/30/1994

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trakehnerKNIGHT HAWKE, Priesian

Baron von Knight Hawke was only two years old when he joined us from Ohio in September of 2005. He is a Priesian warmblood—a cross between a Percheron and a Friesian.  Since these breeds were highly sought after by nobility in the Middle Ages because of their power, endurance and temperament, he is an excellent addition to our annual summer Renaissance Festival.  He is extremely calm, playful, intelligent, graceful and curious.

Born: 5/1/2006, Arrived: 10/21/2008

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trakehnerBABOO, Dromedary Camel

This Dromedary Camel was at risk of being sent to an animal auction. Due to his bad ankles it was feared he would be purchased for meat or as a work animal, subjecting him to a life of pain. When Baboo arrived he was anxious & constantly rocking, a behavior we were told he had always done. After giving him the companionship he desperately needed, Bambam the goat & Atticus the donkey, he is settled and content with his herd. He has shown us how intelligent and emotional camels are!     

Born: 5/1/2000, Arrived: 4/14/2017

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swift foxFOREST, Fisher

Forest is a Fisher which is member of the weasel family. Forest came to the Center because he has imprinted on humans. A family found him when he was very young and they raised him in their home. By the time he was taken to a licensed rehabilitator it was too late, he readily approaches humans and has no desire to be with other Fishers! Imprinting is not reversible and it would be too dangerous for Forest to be released as he has no fear of humans.

Born: 4/1/2017, Arrived: 4/21/2018

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gray foxSCOUT, Gray Fox

Scout had a violent entrance into this world—he was born when his mother was hit by a car. A rehabilitator was able to save his life, but due to the intensive care he required he became habituated to humans. Since Scout never nursed from his mother he also has lifelong health issues that require monitoring to keep him healthy and thriving. Scout loves spending time with his trainers and playing with new toys. He especially loves when he gets deer a bone—he runs around trying to find just the right spot to bury it!

Born: 6/25/2019, Arrived: 7/26/2019

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gray foxBUFFALO BERT, Groundhog

Buffalo Bert, affectionately known as “Dilbert,” was found when he was one week old. His mother had been shot and the babies were taken in by a family that attempted to raise them. By the time Hawk Creek was contacted there was only one survivor. After extensive medical care and around the clock formula feeding Dilbert slowly re-gained his health, but not his wild nature. He has secured a permanent home as an ambassador at the Center and has become Buffalo’s official “weather hog.” 

Born: 4/1/2017, Arrived: 6/6/2018

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gray foxATTICUS, Burro

Atticus is a male burro or donkey that joined the “herd” in 2017. Being a Center that predominantly houses predators, there are few animals at our facility that we can allow the public to have physical contact with. Atticus, along with his sidekick Bambam the goat, love human interaction and seek out human touch and attention. These sweet boys help to encourage compassion and gentleness for other living beings and are also best friends with Baboo the camel!

Born: 4/1/2014, Arrived: 6/2/2017

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gray foxBAMBAM, Fainting Goat

Bambam the Fainting Goat was found as a kid in the streets of Cleveland! He was rescued and brought to a horse stable where he grew up “helping” to give horseback riding lessons! As Bambam got older he started to be a destructive goat chewing on saddles and halters. He was donated to the Center and since his arrival he has made hundreds of human friends and follows his caretakers around everywhere, his best buddy however is definitely Baboo!

Born: 4/1/2018, Arrived: 6/15/2018

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gray foxLILLE, Flemish Giant Rabbit

Lille is a Flemish Giant Rabbit.

 

 

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