What's New at Bear Creek!

January 10, 2018

It's Wolf Wednesday! Well, sort of. This is Huck, a red fox. (His species is red fox, his colour is sapphire).
Huck and his brother Ffinn were rescued from a fur farm and are much happier at Bear Creek!

December 23, 2017

Greg, a donation has been made in your honour from Dawn.
Merry Christmas Greg! Lady Raven will show her appreciation by howling all night long!

December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas Kat!
A donation has been made in your honour towards the care of the Bear Creek animals.
Love, Aunt Judy

December 12, 2017

Check out our holiday stuff! Sponsor animals, buy gift certificates for tours, buy postesr sets,
or buy stuff for our animals (and for us to take care of our animals) from our Amazon.ca Wish List!

December 12, 2017

ok here's timber (gray) wolf Sersey with her face (badly) circled!

And Sersey not hiding! She's very beautiful and very shy!

December 7, 2017

Can you find timber (gray) wolf Sersey in the photo? Sersey is very shy!

December 5, 2017

It's Tiger Tuesday! Do you need a unique gift for someone special? Check out our Sponsorship Program!
You can sponsor an Amur (Siberian) tiger like Tessa or Ussuri, or almost any one of our other animals! We have LOTS to choose from! Go see!

December 1, 2017

New video posted to our You Tube channel! Do you need a couple of minutes of calm?
Check out beautiful timber (gray) wolf Nequa watching us working and listening to our
other wolves and coyotes howling. Go see!

Tuesday, November 28th, is #GivingTuesday.

During your holiday shopping please consider a donation to Bear Creek. We are a
Private Foundation registered charity, our ONLY source of funding comes from
donations from people like you. 100% of all money donated to Bear Creek goes directly to the care
of our animals and allows us to contnue our work and ba available for animals who need us.

Please visit our Donate and Sponsor Page or use the Donate Now button
featured on the left side of every page on the website. Thank you all for your continued support,
we wouldnt' be able to do what we do without you.


Beaver trapped & drowning

Mary & our rescue team found this many illegal snares

Beaver relaxing after rescue, getting ready to swim away

November 27, 2017

The holiday seson is here and we have great ideas for gifts! 100% of all money you donate to Bear Creek
goes directly to the care of our animals.

SPONSOR one or more of or animals! A truly unique gift for special people! Be a hero,
give the gift that gives twice! There are several sponsorships levels available. Go see!

Purchase a gift certificate for a private tour!

Poster sets make great gifts for kids!

AND you can buy stuff for the animals themselves! We have an Amazon.ca Wish List. You choose from the
list we have built and Amazon ships the items directly to us. You can choose enrichment items for the animals
or you can choose items that help us take care of them. Our animals LOVE their enrichent items!
Go see video on our You Tube channel of Tessa and Ussuri playing with their toys
donated by one our our supporters!

Nadezdha loves her jolly ball!

Our first shipment

November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American friends and supporters!

November 20, 2017

Did you know we have an Amazon.ca Wish List? It's full of all kinds of toys and accessories for our animals
and even some stuff to help us take care of them! Super easy, you just order what you want to gift the
furrkids withand Amazon delivers it straight to us! Go see!

Nadezsha LOVES her Jolly Ball!

November 15, 2017

Breakfast for the little guys (monkeys, lemurs, coati, raccoon, etc.) being prepared.

November 14, 2017

Beautiful timber (grey) wolf Chloe relaxing last week. Chloe lost a front leg when she was a tiny pup. She
recently had surgery to clean up the original injury and she's doing beautifully! She has no trouble getting around.
Go see Chloe's Gallery Page!

November 13, 2017

New video posted on our You Tube channel! BooBoo bear is getting ready for her winter nap by doing
some power eating. Check out how she eats peanuts! Go see!

November 8, 2017

Timber (grey) wolf Nequa gets the MOST beautiful winter coat of all the Bear Creek wolves!

November 8, 2017

We have had a super wet fall, this mushroom is the size of a dinner plate!

November 5, 2017

New video posted on our You Tube channel! Like most animals sanctuaries and zoos we give our
animals pumpkins to play with this time of year. (Thank you Barrie Hill Farms!) Please enjoy our video
"Big Cats (Mostly) Ignore Pumpkins". A couple of notes, the video is about 13 minjtes long, and
please excuse our mud. It has rained every day for WEEKS here. Our animals all have warm
houses with dry straw and platforms for them to escape the mud.

November 4, 2017

HUGE thank you to Barrie Hill Farms for donating their left over Halloween pumpkins
(and squash and gourds) for our animals to play with! Video coming later...

October 31, 2017

Please keep your furrkids safe tonight!!

October 30, 2017

New video posted on our You Tube channel! Timber wolf (also known as grey wolf) Lady Raven playing
on a cool day in October. Our wolves love cooler weather and snow! Go see!

October 19, 2017

Beautiful Nadezdha taking in the cooler October weather. All of the Bear Creek tigers are
Amur (Siberian) tigers, so they think colder is better! They love snow and sub-zero temperatures.
Nadezdha is also the tiger in our logo (when she was just a baby!)

October 13, 2017

Thank you so much to all of our tour guests for 2017! We had a wonderful time and
hope you did too. Please book a tour for next year! We will start booking tours in the spring of
2018, watch here, Facebook and Twitter for our announcement. Your continued support allows
us to take care of our animals and continue to rescue more.

For information about our private tours please see our Tours Page

October 8, 2017


October 4, 2017

Baloo bear has been bulking up for his winter dormancy. He's a big, BIG boy!
Go See Baloo's Gallery page! (BABY PICTURES!)

September 29, 2017

Please join us in wishing a VERY happy birthday to super volunteer Beth Boddy!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Beth! We hope you have a wonderful day!

September 26, 2017

It's Tiger Tuesday! Meet Ussuri, Amur (Siberian) tiger and giant clown. Ussuril lives with Tessa.

September 22, 2017

New video posted on our You Tuve channel - Baloo bear taking a bath with his favourite background
music, the Bear Creek wolves and coyotess howling! Go see!

September 22, 2017

This week we said a fond farewell to another of our beloved primate girls. MaMere, a red fronted lemur,
passed away peacefully after suffering a stroke at the advanced age of 27.  MaMere came to Bear Creek in
2010, as part of a transfer of several animals from a facility in BC. MaMere arrived in the first shipment without
her son Twill, and her mate, black lemur Fonzie.  After six months time, another group of lemurs arrived and MaMere was reunited with Fonzie. It was a sight none of us who were witness will ever forget. They took one
look at one another and then rushed into the biggest, longest, tightest hug the world has ever seen, leaving no doubt about the depth of their love. There wasn't a dry eye in the house. And thus began MaMere's and
Fonzie's happy life at Bear Creek. As a female lemur, MaMere was typically dominant and, notwithstanding
her feelings for her mate, she sometimes ruled him with an iron fist. She insisted on being fed first, and if he
had a piece of food she wanted, she would simply take it. If he came too close while she was eating, she
would reach around without looking and slap him. Fonzie never seemed to mind, as a male lemur, he was
typically docile and subservient to his queen. As she aged, MaMere's vision started to fail and it became harder
for her to get around, but as long as her enclosure remained the same, she was fine. She was a feisty,
beautiful, and regal being.  Fonzie loved her until the end and he will miss her. And so will we.

Photo courtesy of Beth Boddy

Photo courtesy of Beth Boddy

Ma Mere and Fonzie's son

September 10, 2017

It's Monkey Monday! (ok today is Sunday, I'm trying to get a jump on the week...)
Meet Chico, our Japanese macaque. Japaneses macaques are also known
as snow monkeys, and Chico is our only primate who stays out all winter!

September 7, 2017

Thank you for everything you do for us!

August 30, 2017

It's Wolf Wednesday! Meet timber wolf Sersey. Sersey is super shy so it's hard to get photos of her.
And she has HUGE beautiful eyes! (Sorry this posted so late, I know it's not Wednesday any more,
my internet access has been zero for two days!)

August 16, 2017

We've gone batty! Recently we added 17 Ruwenzori long haired fruit bats to our family! They're adorable!
In the wild they occur in central and east Africa. (It's normal for them to huddle like this). They eat only
fruits and vegetables. Video posted on our You Tube channel - go see!

August 12, 2017

We have some sad news to share with everyone.

Marika was born on June 1995.  She was a lab monkey for many years prior to going to a zoo.

We were asked to take Marika in as she was very shy and did not like to be outside in public view.  We
were very excited about having her live with us.  She was beautiful, and we love challenges.  Beth, one of
our volunteers, spent many days trying to get Marika to take food from her hand, and eventually she did. 
Marika came to us in 2004 and then around 2012, she was diagnosed with diabetes. 

On Friday August 4th, Marika passed away peacefully.  We sure have felt her loss around here and she
will be missed terribly.  Those of you who got the chance to meet her, know why she will be missed.  She had
an amazing personality and was an incredible friend.

Until we all meet again sweet girl

Photos Courtesy of Beth Boddy

August 3, 2017

New video posted on our You Tube channel! It's SUMMER and our bears
(and a bunch of our other animals) love fresh corn! Spend a couple of minutes
relaxing with Edna bear and her ear of corn. Go see!

August 3, 2017

This is Bob T Cat, our (yep) bobcat. Here he is relaxing on a quiet day in July.

July 31, 2017

Don't forget we have an Amazon.ca Wish List! Tessa and Ussuri love their Jolly Balls - Go see!
We also have a bunch of other stuff listed that we need, from office supplies to medical supplies,
animal enrichment items, enclosure maintenance items and treats. Amazon makes it easy,
you shop for us and whateveryou choose is shipped directly to us from Amazon.
100% of everything donated to us goes directly to the care and maintenance of our animals.
Thank you all for your continuing support!

July 30, 2017
Today is Global Tiger Day. Did you know that every species of wild tiger is critically endangered?
All specoes are suffering from poaching for the Asian medicine market and habitat loss.
From our tiger family to the world -


July 22, 2017

New video posted on our You Tube channel! Cougar Cassie enjoying a lazy summer day
with her special background singers, the Bear Creek wolves! (Wolf howling starts about
2/3 of the way through the video. So volume up and GO SEE!

July 9, 2017

We had an amazing day yesterday. A wonderful tour with amazing and fun people. At the end of the
day we received a call from a gentleman named Ian. He was walking along Huronia Rd. in Barrie when
he came across an adult beaver that had been caught in a snare, attached to a tree log in the water.
Beaver was hanging on to farm fence to stay afloat. We arrived to find him struggling with his head above
the water. The snare was around his waist and would tighten as he turned. If he let go of the farm fence, he
would go under with the log. Not sure why this was left there. Misha and Tiory cut away the remainder of the
snares and we brought them back with us. Beaver was quite happy once freed and hung around for a bit
grooming himself. Wonderful ending to the day! Thank you Little Mary, Tiory, Misha and the wonderful
gentleman Ian, who stayed with beaver until we arrived.

This is how we found him. If he let go of the farm fence the log he was attached to (under water) would sink and he'd go with it.

Tiory and Misha destroy the other snares on the log.

Tiory, Misha and Mary collecting snares.

He didn't seem to have any serious damage.

There were probably 20 more snares.

July 6, 2017

We regret that we have to report that the young raccoon transferred to us yesterday by the South Simcoe
Police had to be humanely euthanized. After his exam by our veterinarian (no fractures but neurological deficits)
he began having severe seizures and was euthanized then. When he was hit by the car he suffered traumatic
brain injuries. (His eyes look blue in the photos because his pupils were so dilated). Thank you to the motorist
who stopped for him and the South Simcoe Police for bringing him to us,
we were at least able to ease his passing.

July 3, 2017

New video posted! Ever wonder what 6 coyotes and 6 wolves howling together sounds like?
Turn up your volume and go see!

Photo courtesy of Beth Boddy
Copyright © 2017 Bear Creek Sanctuary and Beth Boddy All Rights Reserved

June 27

Happy International Sunglasses Day from Annie Allama!!

June 26, 2017

Our beautiful boy, African lion Zulu, basking in the sun a couple of weeks ago...

June 24, 2017

Canada will be celebrating its 150th birthday on July 1st! Many animals are frightened by fireworks,
and this holiday will have more fireworks than many. So please, keep your pets safe! Especially
don't let them escape. Follow these handy tips (they include cats too!) to helpmkeep everyone safe and happy!

Many people have had good results with pressure garments like Thundershirts too,
you can find information about them on the internet.

June 8, 2017

New video posted! Miss Edna Bear having a relaxing day. Go see!

May 30, 2017

URGENT! We are in desperate need of donated chain link dog runs, any size, for our rehab centre in Barrie, Ontario. The more enclosures we are able to build the more orphans we will be able to rescue, rehabilitate, and release back to the wild. Needed ASAP! The number of orphaned animals is very high this year, rehab
centres all over Ontario are overflowing already and it isn't even summer yet! If you have chain link dog runs or panels you can donate please call Mary at (705) 721-4730 or email mary@bearcreeksanctuary.com
Thanks again and please tell your friends! The more people we can reach the more animals we can save.

May 18, 2017

More from Hoolia today. New video posted! Hoolia is in a small cage temporarily so she can be medicated and monitored. (See below for why). So in the video Mary is hooting at her, and Hoolia is honking back! We've never heard her make this noise before! Go see!

May 18, 2017

Recently we noticed that Hoolia, our 37 year old great horned owl, had some minor lacerations on her feet. So we took her to see Dr Emms at Ivy Veterinary Services to have her checked out. She's fine, she just needs some antibiotics and to be confined for a bit. (For medication and observation). While she was there we figured we'd do some films to make sure nothing else was going on. She was SO GOOD! Dr. Emms put her down on the table and she sat completely still with NO SEDATION! Films were all clear. We are so grateful to Dr. Emms (again!)

Hoolia being SUCH a good girl for Dr. Emms!

May 18, 2017

We are now fully booked up for tours for the 2017 season. If you would like to get on a
cancellation list for a private tour appointment please call Mary at 705-721-4730 and leave a message,
including a phone number where you can be reached
We will not be using email to notify people that they're on the cancellation list or
that we havehad an opening. Thank you so much for your support!

May 13, 2017

It's CATURDAY! Zulu doing some epic napping and sun worshiping yesterday...

May 12, 2017

New video posted on our You Tube channel! Cougar Cassie relaxing in the gorgeous warm spring
weather yesteray. Go see!

Photo Courtesy of Beth Boddy

April 18, 2017

One year ago today our beautiful Siberian tiger Tessa was on her way to surgery for pyometra, (infected uterus). This is what we posted after her surgery:

April 19, 2016

All of us at Bear Creek Sanctuary, would like to give a most sincere and grateful thank you to the following extraordinary group of people..... Dr. Cathy Emms, our family veterinary who originally started to treat and
then diagnosed Tessa. Dr. Emms then contacted the next group of extraordinary people at the
Ontario Veterinary College Surgery Team in Guelph..... Surgeons - Dr. Ameet Singh (faculty),
Dr. Katie Hoddinott (resident), Dr. Jacqueline Scott (resident), and Dr. Shannon Wainberg (Intern). Anesthesiologist's - Dr. Alex Velvarde and Dr. Ben Liao. Exotic Medicine Dr. Dale Smith.
We would also like to thank Rae-Lee,our contact person at OVC, for assisting us through this time.
Here are a few photos from the surgery room.
Have a wonderful day everyone!

These people saved Tessa's life! She recovered beautifully and recently celebrated her 20th birthday!
Without the support of these people and all of the people who donated money to help us with her veterinary
bills she wouldn't still be with us today. And she is! Still bossing giant Ussur around every day...
thank you all so much!

April 12, 2017

Jasper got a hold of Uncle Pete Collette's credit card and went shopping for himself on our
Amazon.ca Wish List! Check out what he ordered!

April 12, 2016

A while back we rescued a litter of kittens and they are ready to be re-homed! They are all spayed / neutered
and are up to date on vaccinations. Please go see our ad for them on Kijiji! Selena, Salem or Samson would
be a great addition to any household!

April 7, 2017

Private Tours Update: As of now all of our Saturday tour appointments are booked until the end of the season.
We still have some Monday and Thursday appointments, starting time 1:00, available
for booking. So if you want to come and visit us this summer BOOK NOW!
Thank you all so much for your continuing support.

Please read our Tours Page for more info!

April 6, 2017

New video posted on our You Tube Channel-big bad melanistic (black) jaguar Diablo SNORING! Go see!

March 29, 2017

New fennec fox Hunter's shark bed arrived! It's SO CUTE! Thank you Dionne! Hunter's new bed and
new toys were purchased for him from our Amazon.ca Wish List!

March 28, 2017

Happiest of Birthdays to Alanna Davis!

Happy Birthday Alanna Davis! Alanna with lemurs Buddy and Twill.

March 23, 2017

By now most of you have probably visited our Amazon.ca Wish List and we'd like to ask: Is there anything you've
noticed that we've missed? If you have any ideas for items to add to the Wish List we'd love to hear from you. Please send your suggestions to beth@bearcreeksanctuary.com Thank you for your help and continued support!

March 19, 2017

One of our Facebook supporters fell in love with Hunter, our new fennec fox, and went shopping for him on our
Amazon.ca Wish List for him! We are still expecting more stuff, but here is Hunter with one of his new toys.

March 15, 2017

It's Wolf Wednesday! This is Lady Raven (from last summer) who was part of a group of animals
placed with us when the Bergeron Wildlife Sanctuary closed down. Lady Raven is very sweet and
VERY pretty! You can visit her gallery page here!

March 13, 2017

Identical twin sisters of our long-time volunteer Kat Berington, Anna and Kristy Berington of
Seeing Double Sled Dog Racing, are currently racing in the Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska! We are so
proud of Kat's sisters, who have been to Bear Creek, and we are following the race on their website and
Iditarod blog Seeing Double Sled Dog Racing! You can too!

How to get along with cats and dogs!
Anna and Kristy Berington and Tatianna

March 7, 2017

Meet our newest rescue, 2 year old fennec fox Hunter. Hunter was brought to us by people who had rescued him from a private owner. He is in kind of rough shape. He has 2 burns and 3 old fractures in his tail. Dr. Emms said the fractures are too old to treat, but we are treating his burns and he will be fine. He is settling in nicely already. His favourite food is silk worms! Live silk worms are expensive, but he needs the high quality protein. We have found freeze dried sik worms on Amazon.ca, and we've added them to our Wish List. Any help with Hunter's care would be greatly appreciated. You can make a donation through this website or go to our Wish List and pick stuff out especially for Hunter. Video of Hunter is being uploaded to our You Tube channel now, and when it's available you can go see it here! Hunter will stay with us for the rest of his life.

Photo courtesy of Mary Barros

February 25, 2017

With very warm weather this last couple of weeks, female cougars Cassie and Karma have decided that
spring has sprung! (It hasn't). But they're both in heat (estrus) and have some amazing vocalizations to
show you! Posted on our Facebook Page and on our You Tube channel, go see!


February 22, 2017

New video from today posted on our You Tube Channel and on our Facebook Page!
Siberian tigers Ussuri and Tessa play with their new toys from our Amazon.ca Wish List! Go see!

Photo from summer 2016, video from today!

February 19, 2017

Our darling new foxes, Huck and Finn, have their own gallery page now. Go see!

Photo courtesy of Mary Sever

February 14, 2017

If you were watching the Barrie news tonight you would have seen a story about Mary Jr. saving
a man's life in a Zehr's grocery store last month. Lloyd had a heart attack in line in front of Mary and she
and nurse Teresa did CPR until the EMTs were able to transport Lloyd to RVH. But wait, there's more!
Lloyd was transferred to the hospital in Newmarket for his heart surgery where Mary Jr works as a
phlebotomist so they got to have a reunion there in the hospital! WAY TO GO HERO MARY JR!
We are so proud of you!

Mary Jr, Lloyd, and Teresa

February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day from our family to yours!

February 2, 2017

New (short) video of Zulu on our You Tube channel, go see!

January 26, 2017

We are now booking tours for July and August 2017!

Tours are offered Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays with start times at 1pm.

Prior purchased certificates are valid for the same season only.

Please note, we do not have any interact or credit card access.

Please go to our Tours Page for more info

January 26, 2017

Buddy and Twill, best friend lemurs, now have their own gallery page! Twill is a hybrid lemur,
Buddy is a ring tailed lemur. Go see!

Phot courtesy of Beth Boddy

January 14, 2017

New video posted on our You Tube channel! Our Amazon.ca Wish List is doing REALLY well!
So to thank you all for shopping for us. Here's video of Nadezdha playing with her new Jolly Ball
She LOVES it! Go see!

January 10, 2017


These are some of the gifts /supplies/toys we've had delivered to us from our Amazon.ca Wish List in the
past few weeks. We clearly have the best and most caring supporters/friends in the whole world. These
things all help to make our jobs easier and help us to enrich the animals' lives with play. And we can't do
what we do without YOUR help, which we truly appreciate.

Stay tuned, between snow storms this week, we'll be distributing the Jolly Balls to some lucky animals
and we'll take video to share with you.

If you haven't seen the Wish List, or would like to see what's new there, here is the link:

A HUGE bunch of chuffs and purrs and THANKK YOU to volunteer Beth Boddy for setting up this program for us!

January 10, 2016

Thank You for the wonderful 20 years of memories old friend.

Tonka - May 1996 - January 2017

January 5, 2017

Our adorabel ambassador Bob T Cat has his own gallery page (pages) now! Go see!

December 31, 2016

December 29, 2016

Amazon.ca Wish List update! All of the needed ceramic UV light heater bulbs we needed have been purchased! Thank you all so much for the AMAZING response! There are many other items on our wish list that we need,
so go shopping!

December 28, 2016

Good afternoon Bear Creek friends! We are starting an overhaul of our indoor enclosure heating to
make it darker and more comfortable for the animals at night. If you would like to help, we need several
of the dark infra red light bulbs that are on the top of our Wish List at Amazon.ca.

Many of you have already sent us gifts from the Wish List and we would like to thank you
very much. It is wonderful to receive the shipments and see how much you love our animals.
(And they have great fun playing with the boxes, too!)


December 21, 2016

Big News!!  If you're online shopping this Boxing Day, check out Bear Creek Sanctuary's new
Wish List on Amazon.ca.  Now all our friends can get their shopping fix AND buy much needed
supplies and toys for their favourite Bear Creek animals at the same time.  Choose the option to
ship to Bear Creek and your purchases will be delivered directly to the animals. We notice there
are already shipments on the way - we'll post pictures when the animals get their Amazon boxes!! 
Happy New Year and Happy Shopping!  As always, your support is greatly appreciated. 

December 13, 2016

Also toxic to dogs and cats is xylitol (and artifical sweetener found in gum and candies),
poinsettia plants and lily plants. Please protect your furkids!

December 10, 2016

Happy Birthday to long time volunteer Lori Winott! Thank you for your invaluable help through the years!

December 8, 2016

It is with great sadness that we have to share some news that will affect the hearts of
many, but not as heartfelt as it was to all of us at the sanctuary.

On Friday December 2nd we called Dr. Emms to have a look at our loving tiger Tatiana. 
She was not feeling well for a few days. Through some blood work, we were informed Tatiana was diabetic.
Tatiana passed away on her own in the early morning hours of Saturday December 3rd.

To all of you who knew her, and to those who only briefly met her, we could not have posted this any
earlier as many family members had to be notified prior to doing so. And...this is very hard to do!

Every day, we pass by where she stalked us.  Every day, we look in the direction she chuffed at us.
Every day, we will whisper a little "hello girl" to her.  Every day, we miss her!


Are you going to visit the Barrie area during the summer? We are only an hour north of metro Toronto.
Our private tour gift certificates are a GREAT family gift! For all information about private tours
please see our Tours page! We will start booking tours in the sprint of 2017.

Actual certificates may not appear exactly as this example!

Poster sets are a great gift for kids or for offices!



November 25, 2016

After an 18 month long medical odyssey Nequa has just moved into his new enclosure! We've posted
new video on our YouTube channel that tells the whole story, GO SEE!

November 6, 2016

It is with great regreat that I must announce the passing of our beautiul Eurasian (Siberian) lynx Gurl.
Gurl had a strong and wonderful personaltiy, was always honest and very true to her wild heritage. She had a
great life with us and passed quietly several days ago. Gurl was 21 years old. We miss her already.

November 1, 2016

It's that time of year again! New short video on our You Tube channel
of timber wolf Nequa playing with his pumpkin! Go see!

October 30, 2016

When you come for a tour and fall in love with our spider monkey Priscilla, what do you do????
Get a tattoo of her and have her with you forever! Craig, one of our guests this past summer,
has permitted the use of a photo of hisnrecent tattoo.

October 29, 2016

Please keep your furr and feather kids safe this Halloween!

October 25, 2016

This is what a healthy fox coat looks like! This is Huck, one of our new foxes. Huck was rescued from a fur
farm and his colour is called sapphire. He's a beautiful boy!

August 25, 2016

Beautiful Bwana approximately 8 weeks after her emergency pyometra surgery! She is doing really well.
Back in her old enclosure with tiger sister Kaya, eating and behaving normally. (VERY friendly!) We are extremely pleased and grateful for her continued recovery.

August 20, 2016

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to an old friend. Woody, our giant lion, left us peacefully
Friday, August 19, 2016 at the wonderful age of 20.

Thank you for all of the wonderful moments that you gave each and every one of us who stopped to say hello.
Walking down the path to where you lived for so many years will never be the same. Goodbye, old friend,
we miss you so much already.

July 4, 2016

Little Mango monkey (who we rescued after she escaped during Canada Day fireworks) is going to go live
at the Elmvale Zoo! It's a perfect place for her, she will have other capuchin monkeys to live with!

We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that MONKEYS ARE NOT GOOD PETS. And
to PLEASE keep your pets safe and secure during holiday celebrations. These ownsers are doing the
right thing for little Mango.

July 3, 2016

Mary and Alanna were called by the South Simcoe Police Services to help capture an escaped capuchin
monkey in Alcona today. Princess (Mango) was frightened by Canada Day fireworks and managed to escape.
She was very scared, but Mary and Alanna managed to settle her and lure her home to her owners.

We would like to take this opportunity to say once again that exotic animals DO NOT MAKE GOOD PETS,
and to PLEASE make sure your animals, all animals, are safe and secure during holiday celebrations. This
story had a happy ending, but many of them don't. Often the animals end up paying the price.

June 24, 2016

Bwana is recovering from her surgery well. She is eating, coming to the fence to say hello, and doing big belly stretches. She is much more relaxed and is in less pain. She probably still has some discomfort, this was very extensive surgery and she has a very large incision. Here's a picture of Bwana from today, sleepy and basking
in the sun. We are very happy with our girl so far! The material you can see on her belly that is peeling is a biodegradable bandage material designed to keep her incision clean. After a while it will all disintegrate, which means we won't have to sedate her to remove it.

June 12, 2016

We apologize for being out of touch this past week, but we have been very busy getting
our primates outside after the cold spell the past while. But that has not been the only reason. We
have had a very difficult time since Saturday morning. One of our beautiful ladies, Bwana our lioness,
was not her normal self Saturday morning. Our veterinary Dr. Cathy Emms, which by now we are all familiar
with,was called to come by and see Bwana. Bwana has never been ill a day in her 14 years, and when she
did not give us her morning greeting, we knew we had a problem. A BIG one. Dr Emms, sedated and
got working on her with fluids, antibiotics and painkillers and blood work. 20 minutes later, blood work
show Bwana had an extremely high level of WBC. She has a major infection going on. When animals can't
tell you what is wrong, it makes it very difficult to discover the problem. We hoped for the best for Sunday
but there was no change. We needed an x-ray. So Monday morning, we asked Dr. Drew Hunnisett if he could
stop by with his mobile x-ray machine, and so he did. Only problem was, the x-ray machine was not clear enough
for a good enough image. So.....off to Guelph we go Tuesday morning. The following pictures will show before Guelph OVC visit and at OVC for treatment. Because we did not know where the infection was, (although
Dr. Emms had suspected a blockage or possibly a closed pyometra) we had to do imaging and then a scope.
In doing so, Bwana's incision is stem to sternum. The discovery was also pyometra. Once again. Apparently
common in large cats. I will post an article about that later. Very interesting read. After closely monitoring
Bwana for 2 days, we have moved her into a temporary enclosure next to her pen mate Kaya. Bwana has
a long road ahead as her recovery will take some time. Full recovery is expected to take up to 3
months. At the moment, we are hoping the next 2 weeks go smoothly. So far, I am having to say, I am sad
she is not recovering as well as I had hoped. It is very hard to see such a social and happy lioness look so sad, and me feel so helpless. We are going to get through this. I will post the names of all the wonderful people who
made up an incredible team to get Bwana through the 7 hour surgery as soon as I get all their names.


Dr Drew Hunnisett & Dr Cathy Emms (and team) to the rescue doing films too see what's wrong.

Bwana at OVC Guelph

Bwana at OVC Guelph

Bwana on her way to surgery

Bwana Day 2, basking in the sun.

May 26, 2016

5 weeks post emergency spay surgery, 19 year old Tessa looks wonderful!
THANK YOU Ontario Veterinary College Surgery Team in Guelph and Dr. Cathy Emms,
Ivy Veterinary Services, you saved our beautiful girl's life!

May 5, 2016

New video posted of Tessa (and Ussuri) 16 days after her surgery for an infected uterus. She is doing really well!
Go see!

Photo courtesy of Mary Barros

May 3, 2016

This is Tessa today, 16 days after her surgery, coming to say hi at the fence. She is recovering REALLY well!

April 28, 2016

Update on Tessa - It's been ten days today since Tessa had her surgery. She still has some tender moments
and is cautious of her movements, but is coming along wonderfully. Her appetite is back to normal and she
is putting on some weight again. These pictures were taken this morning. Thank you to all our friends for your wonderful thoughts and encouraging words.

April 20, 2016

Tessa is recovering well at home. She says thanks for all the well wishes and chuffs!

April 19, 2016

All of us at Bear Creek Sanctuary, would like to give a most sincere and grateful thank you to the following extraordinary group of people..... Dr. Cathy Emms, our family veterinary who originally started to treat and
then diagnosed Tessa. Dr. Emms then contacted the next group of extraordinary people at the
Ontario Veterinary College Surgery Team in Guelph..... Surgeons - Dr. Ameet Singh (faculty),
Dr. Katie Hoddinott (resident), Dr. Jacqueline Scott (resident), and Dr. Shannon Wainberg (Intern). Anesthesiologist's - Dr. Alex Velvarde and Dr. Ben Liao. Exotic Medicine Dr. Dale Smith.
We would also like to thank Rae-Lee,our contact person at OVC, for assisting us through this time.
Here are a few photos from the surgery room.
Have a wonderful day everyone!


April 18, 2016

Tessa is currently in surgery, please keep her in your thoughts. This surgery is extremely expensive, if you can
help us take care of our beautiful girl with a donation please visit our Donations page.

Tessa being prepped. Mary is on the right.

After surgery prep, heading to OR

On the way to the OR, Mary is on the right.

April 15, 2016

We have some upsetting news.

Tessa, one of our Siberian tigers, has pyometra. (Her uterus is infected.) Because of her age (19 years) our extraordinary veterinarian, Dr. Cathy Emms, has done bloodwork on Tessa and that has shown that there are no signs of organ failure and she is in pretty good shape. That means she is a good candidate for surgery.

There will be several board certified surgeons doing the surgery. Our appointment is Monday.

There will be additional charges for post surgery medications, as well as the medications she has received so far.

Many of our friends had helped us through our battle with wolf Nequa and his illness of blastomycosis.
(Nequa is doing quite well and will be off of his medications next month as a test run.) He has been
on medications since June of last year.

We are asking if you would consider a donation towards Tessa, for her surgery and her recovery. We will keep everyone posted throughout the day Monday from the time we leave until after the surgery.

Donations can be made here.

Thank you for your kindness!


Your Pets' Ten Commandments

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends,
your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me.
Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so. ALWAYS!


The above article was written by ©Stan Rawlinson (The Original Doglistener).
A professional full time Dog Behaviourist and Obedience Trainer.
You can visit his website at www.doglistener.co.uk for more articles and training information.

Bear Creek Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary has always lived by these rules. But we've never seen them written so well.
Please, take care of your animals the way we take care of ours. Read this, know this, do this.