July 08, 2016 - 10:48 AM
WEST KELOWNA – The three baby raccoons found on a West Kelowna property that were facing euthanasia have been saved.
Critter Care Wildlife Society in Langley offered to take the weeks-old raccoons when they heard about the difficult decision Dr. Moshe Oz of Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital was facing.
If homes for the trio could not be found, Oz would have been forced to euthanize them after he and his staff spent a week nursing them back to health.
“They were in the process of dying,” he said. “Out in the sun, no food. They were barely moving. It might be a mistake but I could not leave them to die in the sun."
The Wildlife Care Society will keep all three together at their facility for as long as they live.
“They are eating and doing very, very well,” he says. “It wasn’t easy to find (a place for them) because there are three. If there was one it would be easier.”
The raccoons were driven as far as Merritt by a generous client of the clinic and the Society took it from there.
Oz says in the week they were at the clinic, staff became very attached to them but are happy they now have a stable, safe home.
“They were really sad but it’s a happy ending,” he says. “It would be fun to go visit them one day.”
Oz says he hasn’t even calculated how much the week of care and medicine cost his clinic.
“I didn’t think about it,” he says. “We don’t even put a price. It’s priceless.”
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