On March 9, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the ground in Gloucester County. The bird was rescued and taken to the Yorktown Animal Emergency Center. Two days later, on March 11, this bird was transferred to the Wildlife Center.
On May 5, a male Black Bear cub was admitted from Alleghany County. The history of the bear cub is limited, though the bear did spend some time with humans prior to his arrival at the Center.
Dr. Karra examined the cub when he arrived, and found that he was bright, alert, and very feisty. The cub weighed 1.9 kg and was in good body condition. No injuries or problems were found on radiographs and blood work; Dr. Karra elected to not ear tag this bear due to his small size. Throughout the procedure, the bear acted appropriately fearful of humans.
American Toad #19-3281 was admitted to the Center on December 7 after a private citizen found the amphibian in a plant she moved inside. It is likely that this toad was hibernating in the plant, and came out of hibernation after being warmed by inside temperatures.
In late April 2019, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2019. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.
The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2019 cubs will be released in the spring of 2020.
Lewis was rescued with his brother Clark in April 2019 after their mother was hit and killed by a car. Despite spending his first two months at the Wildlife Center as a patient in very limited contact with humans, it became clear that both Lewis and Clark remained far too friendly to be released. In July 2019, the decision was made to include both opossums in the Center’s team of outreach ambassadors.
On April 25, an immature Bald Eagle was struck by an airplane at the Norfolk International Airport in Norfolk, Virginia. The airport fire department was able to capture the bird and took him to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator; the eagle was transferred to the Wildlife Center on the morning of April 26.
On March 14, a yearling American black bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center of Virginia after a private citizen contacted the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries with concerns that the bear was struggling to climb and seemed very weak.
On August 19, 2017, a hatch-year female Bald Eagle was released at Mason Neck State Park in Fairfax County, Virginia. The eagle was rescued in Essex County in May 2017. Read more about the eagle’s history and rehabilitation here. Prior to release, the eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter.
On May 4, the Center admitted a young Bald Eagle from Middlesex County. The bird was seen in a field for two days, without any evidence of parents coming to feed it; the bird was taken to Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation and was transferred to the Wildlife Center two days later.