A pair of moose calves rescued in northern British Columbia are thriving and giving hope for other orphaned wildlife in the region.
University of Northern BC instructor Roy Rea says the male and female calves were only days old when he discovered them near Prince George in May.
He says their mother had been killed by a car, leaving the newborns virtually helpless and nearly dead.
He rushed the animals to a veterinarian in Prince George before he took them to the Northern Lights Wildlife Society in Smithers.
The siblings — named Mackenzie and Bijoux — are about the size of small horses now at seven months old.
Rea says saving the young animals is important because the region’s moose population has dipped dramatically over the past 15 years.
They’re expected to leave the shelter in February or March.
The Canadian Press