On August 28, an officer with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries captured a juvenile male beaver who was reportedly injured near the North River Dam in Rockingham County. The beaver was transported to the Wildlife Center and was admitted as patient #15-1914.
Upon presentation, the beaver was exceptionally calm and showed possible signs of impaired vision. The beaver was in good body condition – weighing approximately 9 kg – but had lacerations on his back, abdomen, and tail, indicating that the animal suffered physical trauma.
Blood work was within normal limits. Radiographs were unremarkable but showed open growth plates, confirming that the beaver is a juvenile –the beaver is likely around one year old. Several external parasites were found in the beaver’s fur, including lice, fly eggs, and ticks.
The vet staff cleaned the wounds and sutured several of the lacerations to assist with healing. The beaver was sprayed with an anti-parasitic solution and was given an anti-parasitic drug. The vet staff also prescribed pain medication and a course of antibiotics to prevent infection from the wounds.
The staff will continue to monitor the beaver’s wounds for infection and necrosis, and will assess the animal for further signs of visual impairment. As of August 30, the vet staff believes the beaver can see based on his reactions to human presence while he is in a crate.
The beaver was reluctant to eat the first night, but rehabilitation intern Kendra reports that he is now readily eating his offered meals, which consist of rodent chow, fruits, vegetables, and tree branches and twigs with leaves – the beaver eats both the woody twig and the leaves.
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