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Ontario wildlife feeling the impact of cold winter weather

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Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 7:28 -

Freezing cold temperatures in southern Ontario have been having an impact on just about everyone, including wildlife.

Paul Oakley was visiting swans in Port Dalhousie, Ontario on Tuesday, when he came across something he'd never seen before: A swan with a bill completely encased in ice.

While the bird didn't appear to be bothered, Oakley alerted animal services and after a few harrowing hours, the animal appeared to be in good health.

"The swan is now doing well," Oakley told The Weather Network Tuesday evening.


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"The bill is free of ice. We fed [the swans] both a loaf of bread, they came right up to us. They are so beautiful. I check on them everyday."

If you spot an animal that appears to be injured or in need of assistance, contact the Ministry of Wildlife Management.

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