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Rescued Cloverdale pups thrive
It took rescuers three, patience-testing days in late May to trap and rescue four wily little coyote pups from a burnt-out, abandoned home in Cloverdale.
It was also dangerous work; the property was covered in garbage, charred wood and debris.
One of the six-week-old orphans was so ill, it died even after being taken to see a vet.
The fifth pup was already dead – clearly killed by humans at the creepy site – a horrifying discovery for representatives of Critter Care Wildlife Society, an animal rescue and rehabilitation centre in South Langley.
But the survivors, Piper, Tennant and Barrowman, were nursed back to health at Critter Care, where they’ve thrived.
The centre, located at 481 216 Street in Langley in Campbell Valley Park, cares for sick, injured and orphaned animals and returns them to the wild.
Coyotes are among the most common animals from the Cloverdale area to wind up at the wildlife refuge.
It’s staffed by volunteers and interns from across the globe who are eager to work hands-on with wildlife such as bear cubs, sea otters, raccoons, and the urban coyote.
It’s demanding work; newborns must be bottle fed every two to three hours.
The centre is run on donations. Supporters can sponsor injured or orphaned animals, from a tiny chipmunk to a beaver, fawn, or bobcat.
Critter Care currently has 13 coyote pups in care – five are being housed in one of the society’s bear enclosures due to space constraints.
On Sunday, Oct. 6, Critter Care hosts its 5th annual walk-a-thon fundraiser at Campbell Valley Regional Park.
Participants put on their wildest walking gear and bring family, friends, and four-legged companions for a walk in Campbell Valley Regional Park. Meet at the south entrance, off 8 Avenue.
There are prizes and surprises for all participants. This year, there are two routes, along with a barbecue. Exhibitors include Bear Aware, OWL, and some environmental groups.
The deadline for registration is Sept. 21.
It’s $5 to register. Do so online at www.crittercarewildlife.org, by mail, or by phone, by calling 604-530-2054 (ask for Maureen Binnie).