Travel Photos: Unexpected Animals in Quebec
In keeping with my newfound passion for animal rights, I wanted to share a few photos I snapped during a recent trip. These were all taken at the Ferme 5 Étoile (5 Star Farm) in Quebec, Canada. In addition to being a standard farm with chickens and the like, 5 Étoile also rehabilitates injured animals who are otherwise a danger to themselves or local people.
This particular female cougar, along with a male cougar not visible here, came to the farm from a local zoo that was closing down. Once cougars spend time living in captivity, releasing them back into the wild poses a threat to any human the cougars may come across.
Admittedly, I was so excited see these wolf pups that I missed part of the story about how they ended up at 5 Étoile. From what I did hear, they were abandoned by their wolf pack (anyone else thinking of Stu from The Hangover??). Visitors are even allowed into the cages with these pups, an opportunity I have been talking about ever since! As cute as they are, don’t forget they are still wolves!
Don’t worry, these little stinkers are not actually stinky! The gland that carries their infamous aroma was removed, but when they feel threatened they will still “assume the position” ready to act in self defense.
These two raccoons were surprisingly cute, given their reputation as disease carrying, mayhem inducing animals. Don’t be alarmed by their size. No, they are not scarfing down candy bars. Raccoons actually hibernate for the winter, so these guys are fattening up to survive the pending cold temperatures. In this photo, they are fighting over who is going to show the group how the wheel works.
To plan a visit Ferme 5 Étoile, call: 1-877-236-4551; or visit: http://ferme5etoiles.com (French only; English version coming soon)