Loon Admissions: December 2008 – June 2017

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We always find it interesting to track the intakes of species over the years – where are they coming from, why are they admitted, and if we could release them back into the wild. From December 2008-June 2017, Wild at Heart admitted 16 Loons, of which 9 were released back into the wild! About half were admitted injured (legs, wings), while the other half were admitted because the loon had mistaken a road for a body of water. Once they landed on the pavement, they were unable to achieve flight again as loons need a long body of water to flap on before they fly (on account of their weight and odd body shape). These loons were examined, and once they were cleared by our staff, were returned to a large body of water near where they were found!