Emblematic of a perfect summer day, common loons are a familiar sight and sound on Northern Ontario lakes. Loons’ legs are located far back along their body making them excellent swimmers and divers, but too front-heavy to walk well on land. They only go ashore to lay eggs and mate.

This makes caring for them a challenge, as they cannot be housed in a regular water fowl enclosure. Instead, they spend their time in a pool. If they are very sick or injured, a floating mat allowing them to haul out on land is placed in the pool.