Archive Patients

Atlantic Puffin #20-0039

On Sunday, January 19, an Atlantic Puffin was admitted to the Wildlife Center – a very unusual species for the Center. Sadly, the bird had several health issues and died overnight. This was still a notable patient and interesting learning opportunity for the staff and students at the Center.  

Bald Eagle #19-3193

On November 7, an adult Bald Eagle was rescued after it was found down in the ground in Pittsylvania County. The eagle as taken to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke, where it was stabilized before it was sent to the Wildlife Center of Virginia the following day.


Species Name (EN):
Eastern Screech Owl
Species Name (LA):
Megascops asio

Alex was brought to The Wildlife Center in November 2007. She had been found by a road in Wythe County. Alex had a left wing fracture and damage to both eyes. While the wing fracture healed, Alex cannot be released back to the wild because of her limited vision.

Bald Eagle #19-3231

On November 18, a juvenile Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Accomack County, Virginia. The eagle was stuck in thick, gloppy mud and appeared unable to extract itself. The bird was able to be contained, and was taken to a permitted rehabilitator on the Eastern Shore, where it was cleaned and stabilized for the night. The next day, a dedicated volunteer transporter drove the eagle to the Wildlife Center.

Clapper Rail #19-3171

Clapper Rail patient #19-3171 was admitted on November 4, after it was kept for an extended period of time after the finder observed the bird unable to walk properly.  Upon presentation, the patient was bright and alert and walking around.  Dr. Ernesto noted some missing secondary feathers on the bird’s left wing, as well as reduced range of motion in the bird’s left hip joint. The missing feathers could have been a result of previous trauma, or inadequate housing while inappropriately kept.  After taking radiographs, Dr.


Species Name (EN):
Species Name (LA):
Pantherophis guttatus

Max was purchased at a pet store in North Carolina and lived as a family pet for several years before he was given to the Wildlife Center in January 2014. Reptile pets lack the necessary skills to survive in the wild and can never be released. Max has lived his whole life in captivity and can't protect himself, find food, or locate shelter in the wild. Because he is non-releasable, Max is a permanent education animal at the Center.

In December 2019, Max retired from the education life; after much assessment, it appeared as though he prefers a much quieter environment!

Pied-billed Grebe #19-3094

On October 17, a man found a juvenile Pied-billed Grebe sitting in the middle of the road in Albemarle County, Virginia. He was able to capture the small waterbird and brought it to the Wildlife Center that same afternoon for treatment.

Brown Pelican #19-3008

On September 29, a Brown Pelican was seen standing in someone’s driveway; the pelican was spotted there for a full day, not attempting to fly. A nearby registered transporter was able to rescue the pelican on September 30 and drove the bird to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Diana O’Connor, who transferred the pelican to the Wildlife Center that same day.

Peregrine Falcon #19-0940

On May 14, a Peregrine Falcon chick fledged from its nest on the Benjamin Harrison Bridge in Prince George County and hit the road beneath the nest. Two cars drove over the young falcon without contact; the falcon was in the road for about 45 minutes before a registered transporter was able to successfully rescue the bird.

Great Horned Owlet #19-0341

On April 10, a Great Horned Owlet #19-0341 and its nest mate, owlet #19-0340, were transferred from a permitted wildlife rehabilitator to the Wildlife Center. Private citizens found the owlets after they fell from their nest.

Upon admission, the veterinary staff auscultated [listened to] the owlet’s heart and lungs and heard a heart murmur and crackles in the lungs.  Heart murmurs are not unremarkable in young birds, but it will need to be monitored. Crackles in the lungs indicate possible trauma or fluid in the lungs, though nothing unusual was identified on radiographs.