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News Category: Wildlife

Bear family, bathing hummingbird among winners in BC SPCA’s 10th annual Wildlife Photography Contest

October 12, 2018

Amateur wildlife photographers in B.C. have once again made tough work for judges as the BC SPCA’s 10th annual Wildlife-In-Focus photography contest winners are announced. In addition, there were a number of incredible honourable mentions that celebrate the beauty in B.C.’s wild and urban environments. The People’s Choice Award was also determined as a result …

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Exotic pets on the loose

September 25, 2018

When it comes to exotic pets, many people are simply unaware of what they’re getting into when they bring home that cool-looking snake with the striking markings or that adorable baby turtle the size of a loonie. The novelty soon wears off, and the reality of the responsibility sets in. Perhaps the cool-looking snake is …

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Big brown bird flies to freedom – the rehabilitation journey of a brown pelican

September 24, 2018

The release of the brown pelican who was admitted to Wild ARC this summer was a cause for celebration, especially since the journey to get her back to the wild wasn’t an easy one. This young brown pelican was transferred to Wild ARC from Wildlife Rescue Association. She was found at landfill site in Delta …

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Keep wild neighbours at bay by being bear-aware

September 24, 2018

Fall is here and, around the province, bears are fattening up in preparation for hibernation. “Bears can almost double their weight in a matter of weeks,” says Meghann Cant, BC SPCA animal welfare educator. “They need to rapidly build up their fat reserves in order to survive the winter.” Finding enough food, however, could prove …

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BC SPCA urges drivers to use extra caution as daylight hours dwindle

Barn owl perched on branch with wings up
September 20, 2018

A recent increase of owl patients at the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) on Vancouver Island showcases how dangerous this time of year can be for nocturnal wildlife. This is a very risky time for owls who like to hunt in low light. Wild ARC has seen an increase in owl patients, …

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Help wild patients stay warm and dry this winter

Wild ARC building on a snowy day
September 18, 2018

September 19, 2018 update We are simply overwhelmed by our supporter’s wonderful generosity, and have already met the $10,000 match. Our amazing volunteer Birthe Levie has even offered to give an additional $5,000 to increase the match! We do have additional expenses to coordinate with the roof repair – we also have plans in place …

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Reptiles as pets: Five common myths debunked

July 23, 2018

A swaying elephant. A feather-plucked parrot. A pacing tiger. For many exotic animals, the signs of poor welfare in captivity are easy to spot. But what about reptiles? How can we tell when a snake is suffering? Can a snake suffer? The traditional view Reptiles have long been regarded as simple animals with little capacity …

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The best of B.C.’s wildlife: Get behind the lens with our annual photo contest

July 16, 2018

Now celebrating its tenth year, the BC SPCA’s Wildlife-in-Focus Photography Contest is officially open for entries. Whether the subjects are in your own backyard, foraging for food in rivers, or exploring B.C.’s beautiful forests, amateur photographers at least 14 years of age, are invited to send in their work. The contest runs until Sept. 15 …

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