Wildlife Center of Virginia Blog

A New Destination

It is Saturday, September 12th, 2020, shortly after 1:00 pm. A thick fog blankets Rockfish Gap as my 2009 Hyundai Sonata makes it way eastward toward my hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. There is a Broad-Winged Hawk sitting in the back seat. This is distinctly not where I am supposed to be.

"Painted" Turtles

Last week, Genesis came into the library and said, "We just admitted a painted turtle ."  I perked up and said, "Oh yeah? That's an exciting patient!" (because painted turtles are cool!)  Genesis responded, "Sorry, I mean a turtle that has been painted."  

"Oh, that's not as exciting."

Unfortunately, the Center sees more turtles with painted shells than you'd expect.  This one was decorated with shiny blue paint -- which appears to be spray paint.


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