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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  • Kristin Eff

    RT @thewherefores: Like, ok, an owl tried to mate with Rob Ford. I'm not even surprised at this point.

  • Alek

    Rob Ford can no longer count Woodbine Live amongst his successes, but he can now boast about seducing a predatory bird. #TOPoli

  • Don Peat

    Photo of the Day: Mayor Rob Ford takes a shot. New blog post #TOpoli

  • Bruce Arthur

    The best RT @reporterdonpeat: Wing flap during Mayor Rob Ford owl photo-op #TOpoli

  • Toronto Sun

    Caption This: Mayor Rob Ford gets up close and personal with an owl #TOpoli

  • James Cowan

    If there's one thing I miss about covering politics, it's watching elected officials get scared by birds:

  • Robert Fisher

    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.

  • Don Peat

    Mayor Rob Ford meets an owl #TOpoli

  • Ian MacIntyre

    "I'm poorer than a (trust fund millionaire) church mouse, I can't afford this" Mayor Rob Ford on big boat #TOpoli

  • Don Peat

    Mayor Rob Ford meets skunk and possum #TOpoli

  • Jackson Proskow

    Rob ford goes fishing. Video.

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.