Many visitors ask us questions about our animals’ backgrounds, their stories, their habits and their preferences. These animals are dear to us and we never hesitate to provide everything they need and more to ensure their well-being, their comfort and their happiness! Some of them have very specific needs stemming from their history, and we wanted to share three of these stories with you today. Not the three most important or most extraordinary, just three stories that make these animals who they are today.
Juno, the Black Bear
Juno is a very special little bear. Found orphaned at approximately 1 year of age, she had what we can only guess is a very difficult early life. At one year old, she weighed only 10 pounds, which is far from normal for a Black Bear of that age. Malnourished, suffering from frostbite and various injuries, she was far removed from the time when mommy was there to protect her from every danger. She was found by wildlife officers who entrusted the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Manitoba with her remission. Today, Juno lives at the Ecomuseum Zoo, and we could not be happier. She’s a very playful little bear, constantly willing to play and have fun. She quickly became close friends with Genie, the second Black Bear residing at the zoo.
Nahima, the North American Opossum
Opossums in Québec? Yes! Nahima is a female opossum, and she’s only a few months old. Newly arrived at the zoo, it’s fair to say that she also had an eventful early life. An altercation with a raccoon has left her with a significant disability: a missing hind leg. Besides this handicap, Nahima is in great shape and despite having only three legs, nothing stops her from getting what she wants! Determined and quite astonishing, Nahima proves everyday that where there is a will, there is a way!
Sinead, the Turkey Vulture
Do you know the Turkey Vulture? These impressive birds of prey are truly fascinating, and are actually quite common in Québec. That being said, Sinead’s case is somewhat special. She arrived at the zoo in 1996, after an unfortunate collision with a car in Rigaud. She underwent surgery to heal her broken wing, but it unfortunately is now impossible for her to fly. She nevertheless is a beautiful and proud bird! You can meet her at the zoo from May to November, as she retires to warmer conditions during the winter months.
Come back to visit this page again as we will share other stories with you in the coming months!