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BC Wildlife Park welcomes pair of orphaned beavers from the Okanagan area

BC Wildlife Park has two new residents and they’re awfully cute!

The first furry critter is named Adler and was discovered wandering down a busy road in a Vernon residential area about five weeks ago.

The second baby beaver is named Willow and arrived at the park after being found alone under a bridge just over three weeks ago.

While the rehabilitation team isn’t exactly sure how the two kits became separated from their families, high water levels could have played a role.

Thankfully, both beavers are receiving around the clock care as well as bottle feeding and appear to be doing well.

Meet Alder, and Willow. These two rescued beavers were admitted to the Fawcett Family Wildlife Health Centre 5 and 3 weeks ago respectively. They were found separately and in different locations -Alder arrived first from the Vernon area. He was found walking down a busy road in a residential area. Willow arrived from the Kelowna area and was found alone under a bridge. Our rehabilitation team isn’t sure exactly what happened to orphan these two beavers, but it is thought that the high waters could have separated them from the rest of their family. . Upon arrival, both beavers still required around the clock care and bottle feeding. Alder is growing well and is now eating solid foods on his own; whereas Willow still requires a bit of encouragement with eating solid foods. . After careful consideration our, Rehabilitation team decided that Alder and Willow will remain in our care until they are fully rehabilitated and eligible for released. Rehabilitating beavers takes a copious amount of time, dedication, and resources. It takes 2 years until they are mature enough to released back into the wild. . Our facilities team has been working hard to repurpose an existing structure at the Park into a suitable beaver pool. Alder and Willow will be moved once they get bigger and stronger. The pair has a long road ahead of them, and we will be sure to share more of their journey as they progress. #soundon to hear Willow’s adorable sounds. . . . #beaver #rescuedanimals #wildlifepark #explorekamloops #exploreBClater #exploreBClocal #tourismkamloops #tourismbc #destinationbc #exploreokanagan #beautifulbritishcolumbia #getoutandexplore #explore #wildtimesawaityou #nonprofit #wildlife #animallovers #tourismmatters #ykastrong #roambcfromhome

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The rehabilitation team says it could take more than two years before the beavers are mature enough to be reintroduced into the wild.

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