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2015 TOP STORIES: Cute, fuzzy, and far out animal stories from around the Southern Interior

Little Miss the goat enjoys riding on the back of her buddy Bella at Mile High Resort near Logan Lake.
Image Credit: Mile High Resort
January 02, 2016 - 8:30 AM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - From the cute, to the sad, to the downright weird, 2015 definitely had its share of animal tales.

There were celebrities like Miss P, the tail-wagging beagle from Enderby that won best in show at Madison Square Garden, and Clover the spirit bear in Kamloops.

There were unusual animal encounters, like this standoff between a cougar and a horse, and downright frightening ones, like this man’s experience hitting a moose in the unlikely location of downtown Kelowna.

Allison Griffiths spent her afternoon off trying to reunite a missing bird with its family, and was happy to do it.
Allison Griffiths spent her afternoon off trying to reunite a missing bird with its family, and was happy to do it.
Image Credit: Contributed

There were heartwarming stories, like this lamb and its wheelchair, and this cockatiel that was reunited with its family through the power of social media. Also, this goat that likes to ride around on a donkey.

At times, it felt like the Wild West as cattle rustling became an issue in the North Okanagan. Numerous cows were killed and slaughtered, several with only the most expensive cuts taken. Meanwhile, a man was sentenced in a Kamloops courtroom for stealing cows in Alberta, a crime the judge didn't hear enough about. We brought you the untold story of what he really did, according to the owner of the farm he worked on.

Some of the horses seized from an Armstrong farm by the SPCA.
Some of the horses seized from an Armstrong farm by the SPCA.
Image Credit: B.C. SPCA

An SPCA cruelty investigation resulted in more than 100 horses removed from an Armstrong man’s care and auctioned off to new homes. Gary Roberts’ cruelty trial is expected happen in the New Year.

Problems also piled up for the owner of a reptile and exotic animal facility in East Kelowna. Read more about Croc Talk here.

A Kamloops man also got in some trouble for feeding crows. Toby Jackson, who is interested in the intelligence of crows, was handed nuisance-related bylaw violation tickets, but vowed to dispute them in court.

Another animal that made headlines in 2015 was the rat. We heard some hair-raising stories about the rodent, and learned how it's making its way across the Interior.

We also heard about a controversial animal rescue in Vernon called Saving Grace. The rescue closed down amid numerous allegations about poor practices.

The year ended with perhaps the most sensational animal story of all: a cheetah roaming the Kootenays.

Creston RCMP released this photo of an adult cheetah that was spotted along Highway 3a Thursday afternoon in the Crawford Bay and Kootenay Bay areas of British Columbia.
Creston RCMP released this photo of an adult cheetah that was spotted along Highway 3a Thursday afternoon in the Crawford Bay and Kootenay Bay areas of British Columbia.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/ho-Creston RCMP

To contact a reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infonews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724. 

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