VIDEO: Baby owl rescued and reunited with mother in Brampton


Published April 18, 2024 at 9:45 am

Baby owl rescued and reunited with mother in Brampton
This baby great horned owl is safely back in his nest after taking a tumble out of a tree in Brampton. (Photo: Toronto Wildlife Centre)

A Brampton man’s birthday stroll turned into a wildlife rescue after finding a baby great horned owl in need of help in Brampton.

Rokashi lives in Brampton and was out for a walk on his birthday around the Sheridan College campus pond when he heard a strange sound.

“It was like a little ‘peep’,” he said in a video of the experience shared by the Toronto Wildlife Centre. Letting his curiosity lead the way, Rokashi followed the sound when he was faced with an unexpected sight.

“I knew instantly it was a great horned owl,” he said of the discovery. “I immediately just like looked up because I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to be there.”

Knowing he had to do something, Rokashi called for help and waited with the owl until he could be transported to the Toronto Wildlife Centre.

The little owlet got a full veterinary check-up and x-rays from the staff at the Toronto Wildlife Centre, and aside from being dehydrated, the rescued predator was in good health.

After a brief recovery in a temporary enclosure, Toronto Wildlife Centre workers worked to get the owl back to its nest as quickly as possible.

The team located the nest and noticed owl feathers, meaning it was still active. And after a 35-foot rope climb the owlet was placed back in its home, and Rokashi was even invited to watch.

Since the rescue TWC staff have returned to check on the owlet and say the mother has returned and the baby appears to be doing well.

“This is super cool, to see people who are dedicated to helping these animals,” he said. “Even the speed in which everything happened, the majority of the cool experience was knowing that everything worked out and that it’s safe thanks to (Toronto Wildlife Centre).”

If you find an injured animal or a creature in distress you can contact the Toronto Wildlife Centre online to fill out a request for assistance form. For more information or to donate or volunteer visit

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