Animals

Eli Gagne holds up his phone on Aug. 12, 2021 with a photo of his miniature pot-bellied pig Hamson who had to be re-homed as Fraser Valley Regional District bylaws do not permit livestock as pets within a residence or on real property. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Pigs as pets: B.C. man starts petition following death of illegal pet pig Hamson

Eli Gagne wants to change FVRD bylaw after pet pig was re-homed and died 4 hours later

 

The zoo in Aldergrove is expecting to release close to 200 western painted turtles throughout the Fraser Valley this year. (Greater Vancouver Zoo/Special to The Star)

VIDEO: Western painted turtles reclaiming their habitat

Program at Aldergrove’s Greater Vancouver Zoo allows only native B.C. turtle to gain in numbers

  • Aug 9, 2022

 

Hosted by the four Rotary Clubs in Langley, the third annual RibFest is expected to attract more than 35,000 people this year. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley RibFest to be close to 100% sustainable this year

Kids’ zone to offer Nintendo gaming experience, for the first time

 

Babes and Bullies is a fundraiser for Hugabull Advocacy and Rescue. The event is being organized to honour the Marvin – the dog passed away in April. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

United by their love of a dog, two women initiate ‘hug-a-bull’ fundraiser

Langley event will honour Marvin, who passed away in April

Babes and Bullies is a fundraiser for Hugabull Advocacy and Rescue. The event is being organized to honour the Marvin – the dog passed away in April. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
A blonde raccoon out and about with its family on Saysutshun north of Midden Bay on Wednesday, July 27. (Photo courtesy Marian Stewart)

Island-dwelling blonde raccoon hits the beach on hot summer day in B.C.

Boater gets up close to blonde mother raccoon and kits on island off Nanaimo

A blonde raccoon out and about with its family on Saysutshun north of Midden Bay on Wednesday, July 27. (Photo courtesy Marian Stewart)
Adoptathon initiative by Canadian Animal Rescue and Extended Shelter (CARES) cat shelter led to 17 cats getting adopted by local families. The local shelter is seeing rising pet surrender rates this summer. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Despite rising animal surrender rates, 17 cats find their furever homes

‘Kitty kisser’ shares his journey and love for animals

Adoptathon initiative by Canadian Animal Rescue and Extended Shelter (CARES) cat shelter led to 17 cats getting adopted by local families. The local shelter is seeing rising pet surrender rates this summer. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)
Two lovebirds were rescued separately in Hope over the weekend, and are likely a bonded pair. The two rescuers are each hoping to hear from the rightful owners of the birds.

Pair of lovebirds, lost and separated in Hope, still without their owner

1 flew into restaurant and 1 was saved in a grocery store parking lot; but they remain apart

Two lovebirds were rescued separately in Hope over the weekend, and are likely a bonded pair. The two rescuers are each hoping to hear from the rightful owners of the birds.
Nun cho ga, the mummified baby woolly mammoth shortly after discovery. (Yukon Government/Submitted)

Mummified baby woolly mammoth discovered in Yukon was likely weeks old when she died

Nun cho ga being preserved in freezer storage while next steps are determined

Nun cho ga, the mummified baby woolly mammoth shortly after discovery. (Yukon Government/Submitted)
One of the four Vancouver Island marmots released on Mount Washington July 6 pokes its head out of the burrow for the first time after its release. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Threatened Vancouver Island marmots continue to re-emerge from the brink

4 captive-bred marmots released on Mount Washington, population up to 258

One of the four Vancouver Island marmots released on Mount Washington July 6 pokes its head out of the burrow for the first time after its release. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews were able to rescue a beagle from a drain pipe Friday, July 1. (Photos courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)

B.C. firefighters rescue dog trapped in drain pipe after ‘yelp for help’

Firefighters fasten blanket to fire hose to create ‘Q-tip’ to pull out panicked pooch

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews were able to rescue a beagle from a drain pipe Friday, July 1. (Photos courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)
Uplands Elementary School student Lyla Babcock raised $77.50 for BC SPCA. She sold handmade pillows at her school's entrepreneurship market. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

School marketplace has young Langley student dreaming up ways to help animals

Nine-year-old sold her handmade pillows and donated all the profits to the BCSPCA

Uplands Elementary School student Lyla Babcock raised $77.50 for BC SPCA. She sold handmade pillows at her school's entrepreneurship market. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
A baby red-tailed hawk, right, originally captured as live food for an eaglet, left, has become part of a family of eagles on Gabriola Island. The eagles are feeding and caring for it after the eaglet wouldn’t kill it when it was brought to the nest in early June. (Photo courtesy Sharron Palmer-Hunt)

From food to family member: Baby B.C. hawk goes from eagle bait to roommate

Red-tailed hawklet brought to the nest as food instead gets adopted by eagles near Nanaimo

A baby red-tailed hawk, right, originally captured as live food for an eaglet, left, has become part of a family of eagles on Gabriola Island. The eagles are feeding and caring for it after the eaglet wouldn’t kill it when it was brought to the nest in early June. (Photo courtesy Sharron Palmer-Hunt)
BC SPCA is seeing cat hoarder situations become more common, leading to crowding in the society’s shelters. (Black Press Media file)

BC SPCA halves cat adoption fees to ease shelter crowding

Society says it’s seen a spike in massive donations from hoarder situations

BC SPCA is seeing cat hoarder situations become more common, leading to crowding in the society’s shelters. (Black Press Media file)
A Vancouver Aquarium staff member gently moves harbour seal pup ‘Cupcake’ (inset) from a log floe to the safety of a kennel for transport to Vancouver. Harrison residents worked together to rescue the pup, who was discovered floating on a log, crying beside its dead mother. (Photos/Brooke Kirkham and Deanna Boudreau)

VIDEO: A B.C. community is banding together to save ‘Cupcake,’ an orphaned baby seal

‘Cupcake’ was transported to Vancouver Aquarium

A Vancouver Aquarium staff member gently moves harbour seal pup ‘Cupcake’ (inset) from a log floe to the safety of a kennel for transport to Vancouver. Harrison residents worked together to rescue the pup, who was discovered floating on a log, crying beside its dead mother. (Photos/Brooke Kirkham and Deanna Boudreau)
Campbell Riverite Chelsea Cheeba was attacked by an eagle in Campbell River. Photo courtesy Chelsea Cheeba

B.C. eagle lover ‘dive bombed’ by bald eagle on Vancouver Island

Woman sustained injuries to her head in incident

Campbell Riverite Chelsea Cheeba was attacked by an eagle in Campbell River. Photo courtesy Chelsea Cheeba
Necrotizing fasciitis, a disease that is difficult and expensive to treat and often fatal, has cropped up in six dogs in Nanaimo, Parksville and Qualicum Beach since October. (Stock photo)

B.C. veterinarian issues alert about flesh-eating disease in dogs on Vancouver Island

Six cases of necrotizing fasciitis reported on central Island since the fall

Necrotizing fasciitis, a disease that is difficult and expensive to treat and often fatal, has cropped up in six dogs in Nanaimo, Parksville and Qualicum Beach since October. (Stock photo)
Langley Animal Protection Society is organizing a dog adoption event, offering half-price adoption fees for all of their adoptable dogs from May 15 to 21. (LAPS Facebook)

Langley’s animal shelter to reduce dog adoption fee by half

The move is expected to help deal with shelter overcrowding crisis

Langley Animal Protection Society is organizing a dog adoption event, offering half-price adoption fees for all of their adoptable dogs from May 15 to 21. (LAPS Facebook)
This Feb. 10, 2022, image released by the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance shows Msituni, a giraffe calf born with an unusual disorder that caused her legs to bend the wrong way, at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, north of San Diego. (San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance via AP)

Bracing for her future: Human medicine rescues giraffe

Calf was born with her front limb bending the wrong way

This Feb. 10, 2022, image released by the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance shows Msituni, a giraffe calf born with an unusual disorder that caused her legs to bend the wrong way, at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, north of San Diego. (San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance via AP)
The eagle that was rescued from inside the house in Port Hardy. (Jill Laviolette photo)

B.C. eagle recovering after crashing through window

Rescuer hopes the eagle can be rehabilitated and released after recovering at wildlife rescue centre

The eagle that was rescued from inside the house in Port Hardy. (Jill Laviolette photo)
(Black Press Media File)

Dog illness from ingesting cannabis ‘more and more common’, Harrison Hot Springs vet says

Symptoms like staggering, disorientation can also mimic more serious ailments

(Black Press Media File)