SUDBURY, Ont. – An orphaned moose calf that was rescued by a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Sudbury has died.
The baby moose named Oliver had been cared for by staff at the Wild at Heart centre since late May, after the mother of the two-day-old calf was fatally struck by a vehicle.
Staff say the young moose broke his leg on the weekend while in the centre’s outdoor paddock and that he died while undergoing surgery to repair the injury.
The rehab centre says most wildlife don’t handle anesthetics well and it was while Oliver was under anesthesia that he went into cardiac arrest and died.
Staff say the calf had been progressing well at the centre until he broke his leg.
They are now trying to raise money to build a new, larger enclosure for rescued moose.