Toronto Mayor Rob Ford took time on Wednesday to explore the Toronto Sportsmen's Show and Toronto's press corp got to see a different side of the mayor.
Ford looked like he had fun catching trout at the show's indoor pond, shooting a pellet gun and even while handling a number of animals.
Of course all of these fun moments were captured by smartphone toting press corps.
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RT @thewherefores: Like, ok, an owl tried to mate with Rob Ford. I'm not even surprised at this point.
Rob Ford can no longer count Woodbine Live amongst his successes, but he can now boast about seducing a predatory bird. #TOPoli
Photo of the Day: Mayor Rob Ford takes a shot. New blog post http://t.co/Opiyozxf #TOpoli
The best RT @reporterdonpeat: Wing flap during Mayor Rob Ford owl photo-op #TOpoli http://t.co/3S0dmxYS
Caption This: Mayor Rob Ford gets up close and personal with an owl http://t.co/G2MsCSEA #TOpoli
If there's one thing I miss about covering politics, it's watching elected officials get scared by birds: http://t.co/H4wgLWg5
Can u believe it! Owl tries to mate with Mayor Rob Ford at Toronto's Sportsmens show. #onpoli
The Bald Soprano
I reckon Rob Ford thinks his job description is similar to Rick Mercer's. show up at sporting/fun events, rant a little and job well done.
Mayor Rob Ford meets an owl #TOpoli http://t.co/5QwlVhNJ
"I'm poorer than a (trust fund millionaire) church mouse, I can't afford this" Mayor Rob Ford on big boat #TOpoli
Mayor Rob Ford meets skunk and possum #TOpoli http://t.co/jnWEoS6x
Rob ford goes fishing. Video. http://t.co/hsoyxzQV
CP24's Chris Fox writes that the mayor looked at ease catching a rainbow trout. He later released the fish.
The mayor also got some target practice in. But of course, it was the animals that stole the show.
Ford expressed a bit of reluctance to handle Blossom, a possum, and Petunia, a skunk but got a lot friendlier with Alexandra, an owl.
Global's Jackson Proskow captured a great Vine video of the mayor handling the owl, which showed off its pretty impressive wing span.
The National Post's Natalie Alcoba also reported that the owl and Mayor Ford may have even built a bit of a rapport.
"She certainly didn’t want to get off his fist, so I think there was some goo goo eyes going on here,” Mark Nash, executive director of the Canadian Peregrine Foundation told the National Post.
The Globe and Mail also rounded up the best tweets from their reporters covering the mayor's afternoon at the show.