Mother's Day has come early for some Revelstoke, B.C. mountain caribou.

Hoping to increase the survival rates of spring newborns, volunteers have set up a temporary maternity ward for expectant caribou mothers in the North Columbia mountains.

  • Watch the video above of female caribou being rounded up

They rounded up numerous female caribou and one calf, and have housed them in a maternity pen.

The caribou will stay in the 6.4-hectare enclosure for the coming weeks, safe from predators. The mothers and their young will be fed and monitored, allowing the calves to grow and gain strength.

They will then be released back into the wild in mid-summer.

This is the second year in a row for the project.