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John Ball Zoo introduces rescued pileated woodpecker to animal program

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – John Ball Zoo is introducing a new pileated woodpecker named Norman to their Ambassador Animal Application.

The youthful pileated woodpecker was rescued by a rehabilitation veterinarian following the tree his nest lay in was reduce down, and his leg was damaged, according to a July 27 news release from John Ball Zoo.

The veterinarian was in a position to mend his leg and nurse him back again to health and fitness. Norman is part of the premier species of woodpecker in North America and was anticipated to return to the wild.

Nevertheless, offered how younger he was when he was wounded, and the care wanted to fix his leg, the zoo stated Norman was not able to understand how to be a wild woodpecker and could not be produced in the wild.

John Ball Zoo’s Ambassador Animal System is a assortment of reptiles, bugs, birds, and small mammals who select to take part in up-close experiences with guests at the zoo and in off-web site Vacation Zoo courses.

Via these plans, their ambassador animals aid the zoo instruct the community about wildlife.

As now the only identified ambassador pileated woodpecker in the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), his caretakers are in a exclusive posture to find out much more about this species’ actions and record, and pioneer his part as an ambassador animal, working intently with human beings, according to the news launch.

“We have been performing with Norman each day to far better recognize his habits, and we carry on to master new matters just about every working day,” mentioned Erin Maloney, a person of his key trainers. “We’ve witnessed him make wonderful progress in his comfort amount in new circumstances and have started taking him on ‘walks’ through the zoo to fulfill friends.”

The pileated woodpecker can be identified in Canada, northwest parts of the U.S. and most spots of the jap U.S. Even though their populations in the jap U.S. locations have declined with the clearing of jap forests, the species has designed a gradual comeback in some places given that 1990.

“It’s truly fascinating to have Norman in our program,” Maloney said. “Pileated woodpeckers are native to West Michigan and can be read in our backyards, but few people today have seen them up near. Looking at Norman is an further exclusive relationship for visitors.”

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