“Peanut” a baby chipmunk rescued in the local Whistler Village. He was lying in the road not moving. Reduced by good samaritans, brought in for emergency vet care. They looked around for a long time, but the baby's mom could not be found. He was named by the angel who save him.
The designated provincial wildlife rehabilitators were contacted. He may need to be transferred to a rehabilitation facility if continued care is needed. He wasn’t looking so good at first: cold, unresponsive, dehydrated, low blood sugar. He was treated with re-warming, re-hydration and mammalian milk replacer. He looked much more lively a couple hours later- starting to move around more and groom himself.
He was cared for overnight by volunteers from @seatoskyinjuredwildlife. He was feeling much better in the morning. They will try to reunite him with his mom. Otherwise, he will be transferred to the nearest provincial wildlife rehabilitation centre for ongoing care.
To learn more on what to do if you find injured wildlife in Whistler, Pemberton and Squamish (CANADA), you can connect with Sea to Sky Injured Wildlife online:
INJURED WILDLIFE IN BC:
BCSPCA ANIMALS IN DISTRESS:Please contact the BC SPCA Call Centre: 1 (855) 6BC SPCA (1-855-622-7722) toll free to report animal cruelty, neglect, and animals in distress, including wildlife.
WILDLIFE EMERGENCY RESPONSE:
Please note that it is illegal to care for wild animals unless you are a licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility. Every wild animal has species-specific medical, care, and diet requirements that can not be just looked up online – please contact a professional wildlife rehabilitator for advice and speedy transfer to a licensed facility. Not sure if there is a rehabilitator near you? Call the BC SPCA Provincial Call Centre at 1-855-6BC-SPCA (1-855-622-7722) to find out where the nearest facility is and if the wild animal needs needs intervention.
SIGNS A WILD ANIMAL IS IN NEED OF HELP:
- an adult animal that can be captured easily
- seriously favouring a leg or wing
- sitting on the road, not moving for traffic
- having difficulty breathing or convulsing
- a bird sitting with its feathers puffed and not moving for a long period
- a bird running on the ground when others fly away
In most cases, leave baby animals alone! They only need help if they appear to be dehydrated or emaciated, have sunken eyes and dull coat, or are listless or injured. After careful observation, if you believe that the animal is in need of help call the closest wildlife rehabilitation facility before you attempt to capture it.
WILDLIFE REHABILITATION AND RESCUE CONTACTS
- For all wildlife inquires in British Columbia, call the BC SPCA Provincial Call Centre 1-855-6BC-SPCA (1-855-622-7722). The call centre is open seven days per week; Mon to Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat & Sun: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- For injured wildlife on Southern Vancouver Island, call BC SPCA Wild ARC at 250-478-9453
- For the rest of BC, you can also find the closest wildlife rehabilitator on the Wildlife Rehabilitators Network of BC website
For outside of BC and Canada, check the wildlife rehabilitator listings