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iN VIDEO: Adorable snowshoe hares almost ready for release from B.C. Wildlife Park

The baby snowshoe hares with be ready to leave the Wildlife Park in a few weeks.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / BC Wildlife Park
September 17, 2020 - 2:30 PM

When a good Samaritan brought orphaned snowshoe hares to the B.C. Wildlife Park in Kamloops, they were tiny, adorable and in need of care.

While they're still adorable, the little family has grown since their arrival Aug. 3, and will soon be ready to be released back into the wild. 

“They’re still drinking some milk, so we’re in the process of weaning them now," wildlife park animal care manager Tracy Reynolds said.

In a few weeks, the hares should be ready to return to their natural habitat.

“We will do what we can here to get them eating the food they’d be eating out there, then find a suitable habitat," she said.

The babies were found in the Lavington area, near Vernon.

When they're ready for reintroduction into the wild they will be released together, as close to the area in which they were found as possible. 

"Snowshoe hares have incredible fur adaptations – during the summer months their fur is grey-brown in colour, while during the winter months their fur becomes nearly pure white," according to a wildlife park Facebook post. "Take a look at their adorable ears - the many veins in their ears help them regulate and cool their body temperature."


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