The photo of this urban panda

The photo of this urban panda

Urban panda steals SPCA spotlight

A Vernon’s woman’s love of photography, and animals, is being put to work to help four-legged friends in need

A Vernon’s woman’s love of photography, and animals, is being put to work to help four-legged friends in need.

Lucille Schubert captured an awe-inspiring photo of a young raccoon, which she entered into the BC SPCA Wildlife-In-Focus photography contest in 2013. And now the photo has been transformed into a T-shirt design to help raise money for the BC SPCA.

“I love taking photos, and I am always out and about with my camera, taking pictures of wildlife,” said Schubert. “It is one of my favorite hobbies, and when you have subjects as adorable as this little guy, it makes it so easy.”

The photo was actually taken in 2012, while Schubert was at a friend’s house and the two of them spotted the urban panda in the back yard.

“This raccoon was a young one and was quite the character. We watched it and talked to it for a good half an hour as it played in the yard, first in the kiddy pool, then with a tennis ball,” she said. “This little one posed for the camera as if it knew exactly what was going on, it was really very charming and sweet.”

The shirt, labelled Urban Panda, along with many others, are available at http://bc-spca.myshopify.com/collections/all/products/urban-panda-long-sleeve-black-shirt

“Lucille’s photo was a great choice for this shirt – it really shows the expressiveness of raccoons and two of their most memorable features, the dexterous paws and characteristic black mask,” said BC SPCA’s Erin Ryan, who runs the annual Wildlife-In-Focus wildlife photography contest.

“We are constantly amazed by the stunning images of B.C.’s wildlife that come through our contest.”

Along with online ordering, the shirt is available at the SPCA Vancouver store located in the Vancouver branch, and will be at other branches soon.

“All funds raised from this shirt will go to our highest priority needs fund to help raise awareness across the province,” said Ryan.