Canada Two-foot ball python rescued after being dumped in Surrey park
Man caught driving impaired twice in 1 night 'selfish' say Surrey RCMP
Surrey RCMP are publicly calling out the actions of a 37-year-old man for what they are describing as"'selfish behaviour," after he was pulled over twice in one night for allegedly operating two different vehicles while drunk. In a statement, the force says the Surrey man may "face a long road through the court system," after officers pulled him over for impaired driving in two separate incidents involving two different vehicles just hours apart on the night of May 18. Police say around midnight, an RCMP officer came across a collision involving an SUV and a sedan in the area of 16th Avenue and 168 Street.
A two-foot ball python is recovering in care, after apparently being dumped in a Surrey park by a careless pet owner.
The snake was spotted earlier this week in Tynehead Park, and was recovered by the Westcoast Reptile Education Society (WRES) on Thursday.
Ball pythons are not venomous, and feed on small animals such as birds and mice.
WRES says the snake is likely between three and five years old, and underweight.
Dog rescued from river as water levels prompt safety concerns
A dog was successfully rescued from the North Saskatchewan River on Sunday morning. Edmonton Fire Rescue Services was called around 10 a.m. to reports of a dog in the river near the Walterdale Bridge, according to an emailed statement from spokesperson Brittany Lewchuk. The river rescue team reached the pet within six minutes and shortly afterwards brought the dog onto its boat. The pet was on its way back to its owners on shore, Lewchuk said. Edmontonians and their pets were being encouraged to stay off the river and away from its banks as rapidly rising water levels and more floating debris makes the river unsafe to be near or on, including for firefighters.
Dr. Adrian Walton from the Dewdney Animal Hospital says it is the fourth abandoned snake that he knows of this year alone.
"Every spring we get a bit of a deluge, especially on the first of every month," he said.
"One drowned in the container it was in, and two that were able to crawl a short distance, were recovered, and are now recovering," he said.
WRES says some snake owners abandon the animals in the spring, believing they'll fare better in the warmer weather.
Walton says anyone who finds themselves with a pet they can no longer care for should surrender it to a shelter, rather than dumping it in the wild where it may not survive.
Coronavirus: Couples separated by U.S.-Canadian border finally embrace at Peace Arch park .
The park, which stretches across the border, has been a loophole for couples to meet up ever since provincial and state parks reopened. Samantha Balenzano lives in Maple Ridge, B.C., her boyfriend Ian Forster lives in Tumwater, Wash. Forster, who hasn't been able to hug his girlfriend since the borders closed in March, calls the park magical. "I have just been running through scenarios of meeting up with her and hugging her in my mind for the past 11 weeks, so to actually be able to do it has been a dream come true.