Medicine River Wildlife Centre-with Otis the Owl
Otis, the much loved Great Horned Owl will be visiting Parkland Garden Centre on both weekends--June 10 & 11, June 17 & 18 each day from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Come on out for a chance to get up close and personal with our province's best known wildlife ambassador.
Otis the Great Horned Owl is well known in Central Alberta and has acted as Medicine River Wildlife Centre's (MRWC) education owl since 2003.
He was admitted to the hospital at Medicine River Wildlife Centre when he was only days old. He had been found alone in the middle of the field and his nest and parents could not be located. Upon arrival he was hypothermic, but recovered quickly.
Most orphaned animals brought into the MRWC are placed with appropriate families of the same species, either back in the wild, or at the Centre. This is to ensure that the are raised correctly and will have the tools they need to survive on their own. Otis was the exception to this protocol. It was decided that Otis would be kept and imprinted onto people for educational purposes.
MRWC presents close to 150 education programs throughout Alberta. Otis has become an integral part of these programs and is an ambassador for all wild animals.