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BC SPCA’s Wild ARC admits second river otter baby into its care

otter at wild arc
July 31, 2020

A young female river otter pup was recently found crying and wandering a beach in the Victoria area. Fortunately, a kind member of the public witnessed this distressing scene and recognized something was wrong. They quickly got in touch with staff at BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) and together it was determined …

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BC SPCA sounds alarm on dangers of rodenticides for wildlife and pets

July 29, 2020

Every year hundreds of native wild animals are brought to wildlife rehabilitation centres in Canada suffering from the effects of poison. This poison was not meant for them, but was set out in bait boxes at homes, parks, and buildings across communities to attract rodents. The full scale of the problem is unknown since most …

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Injured robin serves as good reminder to keep your dog or cat on a leash

injured robin at Wild ARC
July 22, 2020

Recently, an American Robin was brought into BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) after it was caught by a free-roaming cat. This nestling had fallen from its nest and was attacked while on the ground. The tiny bird was in very poor condition and barely breathing when a kind-hearted member of the public …

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BC SPCA confirms predators responsible for Kelowna cat deaths

July 9, 2020

The BC SPCA has confirmed that the deceased cats found in the Kelowna area since June 19 were victims of predator attacks. “We have now received necropsy results which indicate that the wounds are consistent with predation rather than incised or chop wounds,” says Brian Kijowski, the BC SPCA’s regional manager of cruelty investigators for …

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BC SPCA photo contest captures the beauty of local wildlife

bird outside
July 2, 2020

The BC SPCA invites the public to participate in its 12th annual Wildlife-In-Focus photography contest. Amateur photographers 14 years and older can submit their awe-inspiring images of hummingbirds, bears, bees, seals and other amazing creatures until July 31, 2020. “Wildlife-In-Focus is a celebration of the incredible diversity of wild animals who live in B.C.,” says …

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Orphaned baby otter rescued after mother is killed by car

baby otter in kennel
June 17, 2020

A mother river otter and her pup were struck by a car while crossing the road. Unfortunately, the mother was killed instantly, however the month old pup was miraculously uninjured. An eye-witness not only collected the dazed pup and brought it to BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) for care, but he also …

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Mother duck hit by car is a good reminder to slow down for wildlife at this time of year

ducklings at wild arc
June 8, 2020

An adult female mallard was recently hit by a car when she was trying to cross the road with her ducklings. After the unfortunate incident, her ducklings scattered with only one remaining next to her on the road. The driver collected the mallard and single duckling and brought them to the Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital, …

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Rescued baby raccoons a reminder to refrain from trapping or relocating wildlife

baby raccoons sleeping
May 29, 2020

An adult female raccoon was recently trapped and removed from an area, which meant her two baby raccoons were unknowingly left behind. The orphans were found a few days later by a caring member of the public when they were heard crying and calling for their mother. Fortunately, these two baby raccoons are now being …

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