Archive Patients

Black Bear cubs of 2013

In 2013, the Wildlife Center admitted a record number of Black Bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. Some of these cubs were orphaned, some were separated from their mothers, and others were found and kept by people for a short period of time.

Black Bear Cub #13-0389

On April 10, the Wildlife Center admitted two small Black Bear cubs from Shenandoah National Park. On April 10-11, the Shenandoah National Park completed a 500-acre prescribed burn at Jarman Gap. Prescribed burns are routine procedures that help reduce the threat of major wildfires; they also promote oak and pine regeneration and additional animal food sources.

Black Bear #12-2655

On the night of December 20, police officers in Chesterfield County found a yearling bear on the side of the road. It appeared as though the young bear had been hit by a vehicle. The police called the Richmond Zoo, and several Zoo personnel responded to the scene, including zoo vet Dr. Cheryl Antonucci. Dr. Antonucci sedated the bear and performed a quick physical examination before she transported the bear to the Wildlife Center. The male yearling arrived at 1:00 a.m. on the morning of December 21.

Virginia Beach Peregrine Falcon

PATIENT:  Peregrine Falcon, #12-0023


INJURY:   Fractured metacarpals

ADMISSION DATE:  January 8, 2012

OUTCOME:  Released June 6, 2012

Bailing Out a Bale of Turtles

PATIENTS:  Common Snapping Turtles

Red-shouldered Hawk #17-1097

On May 23, a Red-shouldered Hawk baby was transferred to the Center from a small animal hospital after the young bird was separated from its parents.

Upon completion of a physical exam, an eye exam, and radiographs, the veterinary staff determined that hawk #17-1097 was healthy. Surprisingly, the baby bird tested positive for lead; the levels are low enough that it should not affect the bird's prognosis or recovery.

Tracking Saltville Golden Eagle

On November 28, 2016, a juvenile male Golden Eagle was released at Big Walker Lookout in Wytheville, Virginia nearly three months after being admitted as a patient in late August 2016. Read more about the eagle’s history and rehabilitation here. Prior to release, the eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter.

Tracking NX

On May 16, 2012, Bald Eagle NX was released at the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Richmond County, Virginia. NX was equipped with a GPS transmitter before release. Read more about NX’s most recent [December 2011 - May 2012] case history.

Bald Eagle #17-1613

On June 28, a hatch-year Bald Eagle with suspected avian pox was admitted to the Wildlife Center. The bird was found down on the ground in Fredericksburg and was easily caught by animal control; the bird was transported to the Wildlife Center that same afternoon.

Bald Eagle #15-0355

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County. An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.