KELOWNA — It’s not a typical rescue for the Kelowna SPCA, but members slid into action to help a serpent in distress.
A gopher snake was spotted on a private property, tangled in netting.
That’s when the SPCA was called in to save the day.
“After removing the mesh that was tangled around the head and body of the snake and being satisfied the snake was healthy, [we were] able to release it back to its original habitat on the property,” says Kelowna SPCA branch manager, Suzanne Pugh.
Last year Kelowna SPCA staff rescued more than 100 wild exotic and farm animals.
But according to staff, the rescue also highlights a need in our community.
“There is a tremendous need for a professional wildlife rehabilitation centre in the Kelowna area to provide wildlife services across the region,” says Dr. Sara Dubois, BC SPCA chief scientific officer.
The only wildlife rehabilitation centres in the region are located in Oliver and Kamloops.