Pileated woodpecker joins John Ball Zoo’s Ambassador Animal Program


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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — John Ball Zoo has introduced that a younger pileated woodpecker named Norman is now portion of their Ambassador Animal System. Norman is now the only known ambassador pileated woodpecker in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums community.

When Norman was youthful, his leg was damaged after the tree his nest was in was lower down. He was rescued by a veterinarian, who was equipped to restore his leg and nurse him again to wellbeing.

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Due to how young he was when hurt, as nicely as the treatment needed to repair his leg, Norman was not capable to be introduced into the wild.

At John Ball Zoo, Norman will assist educate attendees about woodpeckers and other native birds.


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The Ambassador Animal Software at John Ball Zoo also consists of reptiles, bugs, birds, and tiny mammals. The animals participate in up-near ordeals with attendees at the zoo, as nicely as off-internet site Vacation Zoo programs.

“We have been operating with Norman day by day to much better fully grasp his behavior and we continue on to learn new issues every day,” reported Erin Moloney, a single of Norman’s main trainers. “We’ve witnessed him make terrific progress in his comfort and ease degree in new scenarios and have begun having him on “walks” through the zoo to satisfy attendees.”


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Pileated woodpeckers are the major woodpecker species in North The us. They can be found in the northwest of the United States, most parts of the japanese United States, and Canada.


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