Annie was born in 2002 and was raised in the company of goats. The MNR confiscated her and sent her to live in the non-releasable wildlife compound at Springwater Park, because she was far too habituated to humans to be released.
After the MNR closed their wildlife compound in 2013, Aspen Valley offered Annie a new home. She has adapted very well to her 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 has expanded her repertoire of favourite foods. During the summer, she snacks on a buffet of wildflowers that grow in her enclosure, and in October she was given pumpkins. It took her a while to figure out that pumpkins were food, but once she did there was no stopping her! Deer live 2-10 years in the wild, and up to 20 years in captivity.
Andy was also relocated to Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary from Springwater Park and lived with Annie for a number of years. Sadly, Andy passed away in winter 2018 due to old age.
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