2017 Year in Review: Kelsey Pleasants, Wildlife Rehabilitator

It’s time to look back on 2017! Check our blog between Christmas and New Year’s for a variety of stories and memories of 2017 from the staff and volunteers of the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

When I was asked to write an end-of-year blog post, my first thought was “What in the world do I even write about? I’ve only been here a couple of months!” But, oh man, what a couple of months it’s been!

As some of you already know, I’m a WCV veteran.  I completed an eight-week rehabilitation externship in 2012, returned for my winter break from college that same year for some volunteering, and was the wildlife rehabilitation intern from 2013-2014.  I was so sad to leave WCV and knew that if a position ever became available that I would apply right away. Fast-forward three years to this fall – that opportunity finally happened! I was lucky to have been selected to fill the role of Wildlife Rehabilitator, and I packed all of my things and moved back from Fort Lauderdale in October. It’s been about two months since I started working again at WCV and I love it just as much as I did before, if not more!

So many incredible things have happened since October.  For one, I’ve missed working with black bears. I was fortunate enough to work with the 17 cubs of 2013, but haven’t gotten to work with bears since.  I absolutely love getting to care for them, even if it is just from a distance and by chucking bags of food over 10-foot fences. Another unforgettable (and unexpected) experience has been getting to work with not one, but two bobcats. Bobcats are an animal most rehabbers do not get the chance to rehabilitate, and it has been a thrilling, challenging, and rewarding experience … not to mention adorable (I mean, have you seen bobcat 17-2495?). And lastly, it has been so great to simply be back at WCV working alongside an amazing team of coworkers.  It is an environment full of supportive and caring people who are constantly encouraging you, challenging you, and supporting you in your endeavors.  I am so thankful to be back at a place that feels like a second home.

I’ve enjoyed these “first” two months back at WCV, and cannot wait to see what the future has in store.  Bring on the baby robins and bear cubs! 


Check out all of our year-in-review posts!