Annie was born in 2002 and was raised in the company of goats. Andy was born in 2000 near Owen Sound and was found living in a barn. The MNR confiscated both deer and sent them to live in the non-releasable wildlife compound at Springwater Park, because they were far too habituated to humans to be released.
After the MNR closed their wildlife compound in 2013, Aspen Valley offered Annie and Andy a new home. The deer have adapted very well to their new surroundings, a multi-acre enclosure with grasslands, a slope leading down to a natural pond, a fringe of forest and a shelter. Since arriving at Aspen Valley, Annie and Andy have expanded their repertoire of favourite foods. During the summer, they snacked on a buffet of wildflowers that were growing in their new enclosure, and in October they were given pumpkins for the first time. It took them a while to figure out that pumpkins were food, but once they did there was no stopping them! Deer live 2-10 years in the wild, and up to 20 years in captivity.
Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary: 1116 Crawford Street Rosseau, ON P0C 1J0
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