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Video round-up: Animal visitors on campus

By TARA SIEBARTH | April 14, 2015

With the warm weather finally arriving across the country, some campuses may notice some old friends padding around, reacquainting themselves with the grounds…Animals on campus may be rare for schools in urban or downtown settings, but some schools are notorious for their furry (or fluffy) residents. Here’s a gander at what you could spot if you decide to take a tour of some campus grounds:

Université de Montréal falcons
These majestic birds have been spotted nesting on the top of campus buildings.

Watch a live feed of them as well. They even have their own Facebook page!

University of Calgary live falcon cam
Not to be left out, the U of C falcon also has its own live video feed. See if you can catch a glimpse:

The University of British Columbia coyote
Now there’s something you don’t see every day – a coyote on its way to class! And it even has its own Facebook page – letting you know where it was last spotted and sharing videos and photos of its movements. Some people worry that it might be getting a bit too comfortable around the students….

The crows of Mount Saint Vincent University
Edgar Allan Poe might have found solace under the trees of MSVU as he penned one of his dark and dreary poems. The crows would have been the perfect soundtrack (and maybe inspiration for another bird-themed piece).

Thornloe University bear
Thornloe University, affiliated with Laurentian University, has been a scavenging ground for a couple of black bears in the last few years, so watch out if you decide to eat your lunch outside!

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McMaster University maurauder
A real-life version of McMaster University’s mascot has been spotted around campus. Click the photo to see a slow motion video of the bird in action:

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Royal Roads University raccoons
While they may look cute and cuddly, be weary of these little guys. They love cookies and won’t stop at one!

Honourary mention: the UVic bunnies

In 2011 the University of Victoria claimed that its campus was finally bunny-free. We even wrote about these rascally rabbits in our magazine! For nostalgia, here is some footage of the buns hopping around the campus:

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