On the morning of February 12, a private citizen found a Bald Eagle on the ground near a country road in Carson, VA. Permitted wildlife rehabilitator Deborah Woodward was able capture the eagle, which she described as being extremely lethargic. Despite the inclement winter weather, it was decided that it was best to transport the eagle to the Wildlife Center as soon as possible. Bernadette Ames of the Wildlife Rescue League picked up the eagle and transported it to the Wildlife Center later that evening.
On December 6, a private citizen found an Eastern Screech-Owl standing in the road. The bird would not fly away but was able to be captured and transported to the Center. They placed the owl in a box and brought it to the Center.
On January 7, two adult Bald Eagles were found down in a field in Virginia Beach. The birds had their talons locked together, and did not fly away when approached; the birds were able to be captured and taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator. Both birds were transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia the following morning.
On the evening of December 15, a private citizen in Chesterfield County observed two Bald Eagles fighting on the ground in her pasture, an interaction not uncommon in this species. She was able to safely capture the injured eagle after the other had left. Chesterfield County Animal Services was contacted, and an officer arrived to transport the patient to a veterinarian.
Grayson was found as a young bird in June of 2010 in Grayson County, Virginia. She had fallen out of the nest and suffered a fractured right humerus, as well as injury to her patagium – the skin covering the leading edge of the wing. Grayson was initially taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator, who stabilized the injury and then brought her to the Wildlife Center. WCV veterinarians sutured the hole in the patagium and bandaged the wing; however, the fracture did not heal completely straight, and scarring on the patagium left Grayson unable to fully extend her wing.
On Sunday, December 13, a Bald Eagle was brought to the Center by a Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources officer after the bird was found in a field in Afton, Virginia. Dr. Sarah, one of the Center’s veterinary interns, did not find any significant external injuries, but found that the bird was dehydrated and had a very depressed mentation. This bird's blood was tested for lead, which came back positive for very high lead levels. Radiographs did not show any lead fragments in the bird's gastrointestinal system. Dr.
On December 2, a Black Bear cub was found on the side of the road in Augusta County, unable to move. The bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center that same evening.
On November 17, Bald Eagle "NZ" -- one of the original "Rock Star" Norfolk Botanical Garden eaglets that the Wildlife Center rehabilitated and released in 2011 -- was found injured with a broken leg in King George County. The eagle was picked up by the sheriff and taken to Alton's Keep in Suffolk, Virginia, where permitted rehabilitator Harley Thomas White examined the bird and bandaged her leg.
Edie came to the Wildlife Center in May 2005. She was found as an orphan in Roanoke, Virginia after her nest tree was damaged in a storm. She was kept by her rescuers for several days before being taken to a local wildlife rehabilitator. After several weeks of observation at the Wildlife Center, our veterinary staff determined that she was imprinted on humans. Young birds visually imprint on their caregiver and thereafter identify with that species for life; Edie was with her rescuers during this critical imprinting stage of her life.
On September 5, an immature Bald Eagle was found unable to fly in a horse pasture in Halifax County. The bird was admitted to Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center where it tested for slightly elevated levels of lead, and then transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia.