Remembering Winnipeg Willow
We are in complete shock and sadness with tears coming down our face to announce the passing of Winnipeg Willow this evening. She was acting her normal self this morning and eating a carrot but came in this evening to find her gone.
Willow (May 2010-January 29, 2016)
Willow was born in spring 2010 and was brought to the PWRC after her mother was killed by a dog. She was being raised for release until she broke her leg in an outdoor enclosure. With the extra handling and …time spent in care, she became to friendly towards people to be released back into the wild. She was adopted into our educational program and visited many schools and students. She loved kale, green leafy lettuce, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, snap peas and of course peanuts. She had her moments, especially around February 2nd where she could get a bit grumpy but otherwise loved to go out. Life expectancy of woodchucks range from 4 to 6 years, so we hoped she lived her full time and was loved every minute of her life. She will be missed by my family and volunteers. We hope Willow helped people to change their minds about woodchucks and to see them as wonderful creatures to have on our planet. With great sadness we are cancelling our Groundhog day event that was to take place on February 2nd at Cabela’s. We loved trying to predict the upcoming forecast and I think we only got one season right. From her current behavior this past winter, we were going to predict an early spring as she was eager to head outdoors.
We miss you already Willow and have fun running through the meadows. Please say hi to our other educational ambassadors Nascha, Naira, Camira, Kele, P.B, Onyx. Lisa