public to view selection of live cameras
Released by the BC SPCA Vancouver
A pair of playful otters in the
rehabilitation program smile for the camera.
wonder what wild animals do when they think no one is watching? Now
you can find out. From playful raccoons and curious otters to birds,
deer, mink and more, the cameras are now rolling at the BC SPCA's
Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) on Vancouver Island.
“We recognize that people
want to see the great work we do, and we want to show them,” says
Sara Dubois, chief scientific officer, BC SPCA. “Because our job is
to ensure there’s as little human contact as possible to help Wild
ARC patients recover and return to a normal life in the wild, live
streaming their daily activities gives the public the chance to see
them at their unsuspecting best – or worst – usually with food on
Wild ARC only opens to the public once a year, during their annual
open house event – the 10th annual open house happens from noon to 4
p.m. on March 29 and 30 this year – and while the wild patients will
not be on display to avoid stress, there will be educational raptors
on site. With upgrades completed on many of the facility’s outdoor
enclosures and a new pool pen building that increases Wild ARC
staff’s ability to care for sea birds and aquatic animals such as
river otters, there is much to see.
Each year, Wild ARC admits nearly 2,500 injured and orphaned wild
animals from southern Vancouver Island, and helps approximately 140
different species of wild animals, Dubois notes.
“There are five ‘critter cameras’ with one live streaming at a
time,” she says, explaining the live camera will be chosen by staff
based on the best animal action at the time. Outdoor cameras showing
the pool pen, flight pen, deer pen and raccoon habitat have night
viewing as well. “Understandably, our critters are not trained
actors, but when the baby raccoons arrive in May, for example, the
camera in the nursery will be on.”
Why not get a little wild? Launched to the public today, the Wild
ARC live stream can be viewed
here 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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