A look back on animals that took a walk on the wild side in 2017

Wallaby takes a walkabout in Langley, bears escape and animals rescued from B.C. wildfires

In February, a wayward wallaby went for a walkabout in Murrayville and was finally brought back home after two days on the hop.

The wallaby is owned by a Langley couple who have a small hobby farm that is home to some pretty unusual animals.

In June, five orphaned bear cubs managed to escape through a hole in the roof of their enclosure at Critter Care. Four of them were quickly recovered and returned while the other one is now living in the wild.

In August, TinyKittens volunteers rescued 18 feral kittens from two different wildfire evacuated regions of B.C. Mountainview Veterinary Hospital Dr. Renee Ferguson volunteered her time examining the felines.

Numerous efforts by Langley residents and non-profit animal care agencies helped with animals in need during the wildfires this summer. LAPS executive director Jayne Nelson and another staff member took vacation time to bring cat and dog food, crates, bedding and hay to a evacuation centre in Kamloops.

Resident cowgirl Sheryl Luker-McLelland and other ‘crazy cowgirls’ made at least seven trips to various evacuated areas, rescuing horses from the fires and reuniting them with their owners at special centres. She also filled her trailer up with hay with every trip.

A Great Blue Heron had to be euthanized in September after it was shot in Langley. the Great Blue Heron is a protected species. The shooter was never found.

A couple weeks ago this December, a trucker who volunteers with Furry Hobos N Highway Heroes let a hobo dog Frankie hitch a ride with him from Langley where he was wandering around on his own. He had gone missing from his home in Edmonton five months prior. Only Frankie knows how he got to Langley but with some detective work on LAPS part, they tracked down his owners, a mom and her two young children.

Also in December, animal cruelty charges were laid against three people in the seizure of 66 dogs in Langley in 2016. Glen Lawlor, Maria Wall Lawlor and James Shively, who legally changed his name to James Phoenix are each charged with two counts of cruelty.


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