What's New at Bear Creek!

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

Newe (short) video of Tessa and Ussuri posted on our You Tube channel Go see!

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!

October 23, 2016

Baloo is wondering if today is the right day to start his winter nap!

September 7, 2016

Thank you for everything you do for us, for your family, and especially for the animals you
devote your life to in order to save theirs.

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.

August 10, 2016

Happy International Lion day from the Bear Creek Sanctury lions:
Zulu, Woody, Bwana, Lola and Nala!






July 31, 2016

We have had a wonderful season so far. Unfortunately for those of you who did not book a tour for this year,
will have to wait for 2017. All tour dates and times have been filled right through to September, and we are
no longer booking tours for this year. Thank you for all your support.

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 DO NOT MAKE 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 27, 2016

It's ‪#‎MacaqueMonday‬ ! Meet Chico, our Japanese macaque or snow monkey.
Chico is pretty assertive and very macho, but he loves to swing in his baby chair. He gets very
embarrassed when we catch him, that's why he has that look on his face! Chico is the only one of our
"little guys" who stays outside all winter.

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.

June 3, 2016

We have new foxes! Meet Huck (foreground) and Finn (background). Huck's colour is called sapphire,
and Finn's colour is called caramel. Welcome home, Huck and Finn!



May 29 2016

New video posted! It has been unseasonably hot here the last few days, so Baloo had his pool reinstalled
(he dug it up. And filled in the hole) filled up, and with some bear-proof toys added we had
a very happy bear! Go see!

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 17, 2016

We would like to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to Pet Valu on Essa Road in Barrie for their gigantic
donation of Perfomatrin pet food! We depend on the generosity of sponsors like Pet Valu to
help us do the work we do and help our animals.

Bob loves Perfomatrin!

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 5 2016

All of our black bears are awake and hungry! This is BooBoo, our original Bear Creek black bear. This means
that all of the wild black bears in Ontario are awake too, and hungry too, so keep an eye out when you're walking
in the bush, also keep your garbage inside and your BBQs clean.

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

Darling Siberian tiger Tessa (nad Mary and Rob) is on her way home from surgery. It went well, more info later. We've posted a short video on our Faceook page. Thank you for all the prayers and good thoughts,
please keep them coming!

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.