sunday morning coffee | 05.11.2014

Sunday Morning Coffee is the place where I sit down with a big cup o' joe and recap the past week's events - from my favourite posts of the week, to the happenings here at t.o. & fro, and even share my "Eco-Tip of the Week" to encourage you to live a more responsible and sustainable lifestyle. So please, grab your Sunday morning poison and join me...

This week I,

To be more responsible,

eco-tip 15. sharing our backyards with wildlife

Spring is one of my favourite seasons because it means love is in the air and babies are being born. 

No matter where we live, we share our space with wildlife. The presence of wildlife in our own backyards and cities brings nature closer to us, but can also present its own challenges. 

Oh hey, that's me with Maya, the orphaned musk ox I helped hand raise.
 (Please not try this at home.)

What do I do if I've found orphaned wildlife?

It's easy to think that young wildlife has become orphaned when you find them alone. But in fact, a lot of mothers will leave their young to go out and search for food. Don't worry, they will come back. And when they do, they expect their young to still be there.

Do NOT try and pick up the animal, you do not know the circumstances as to how or why it got there. It may actually be injured or sick. 

Wild animals do not make good pets. While they may look cute and cuddly as a baby, they grow very quickly. They have special diets and high energy, requiring a lot of space. Not to mention, they have teeth, do not use toilets or littler boxes, go through yearly sheds and stink! Please keep them wild.

If you are certain that the animal has been abandoned, call the proper authorities. Do some research to find out who to call in your area, whether it is a local wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre or the SPCA.

So do your part, when viewing wildlife, please consider the hardships these species have to deal with because so much of their natural habitat has been taken over. Each year, the wildlife is forced into closer contact with humans, competing for food, shelter and space. With a little understanding, precaution and common sense, we can all enjoy the beauty and fascination of Mother Nature.

If you have a good tip for greening your life, or even a photo of your living a more sustainable lifestyle, I'd love to hear about it and even feature it as my "eco-tip of the week" during Sunday Morning Coffee! Please leave a comment below or email me at with your tips and photos.

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