Marmot hitchhikes from B.C. mainland to Vancouver Island

A stowaway from British Columbia’s Decrease Mainland is now within the care of the B.C. SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) after hitchhiking a journey to Victoria final month.

The yellow-bellied marmot is believed to have been hiding within the engine compartment of a automobile when the automobile travelled to Vancouver Island.

The furry rodent was discovered scurrying round in Saanich, B.C., earlier than it was captured by conservation officers on Might 30.


The animal was turned over to workers at Wild ARC in Metchosin, B.C., for care.

The animal had a lesion on its leg, seemingly a “burn from being contained in the engine whereas it was operating,” mentioned Wild ARC supervisor Ginelle Smith.

“He was in fairly fine condition moreover that. He has a really wholesome urge for food, he likes to eat yams and romaine lettuce and carrots and issues like that,” Smith mentioned.


Yellow-bellied marmots will not be naturally discovered on Vancouver Island and might pose each territorial and illness dangers to the island’s native and endangered inhabitants, the Vancouver Island marmot, based on the rehab centre.

The animal shall be launched again to conservation officers and returned to the Decrease Mainland, based on Wild ARC.


It is not the primary time {that a} yellow-bellied marmot is believed to have hitched a journey to the island.

A marmot named Roger has lived on the grounds of Victoria’s Fairmont Empress lodge since 2008, when he’s believed to have come over from the mainland.


The Wild ARC supervisor says the most recent hitchhiking marmot is the fourth within the final two years.  

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