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Great Horned Owlet #18-0408

On April 19, Great Horned Owlet #18-0408 was admitted to the Wildlife Center from a group of permitted wildlife rehabilitators in the Richmond area. The young bird had been found on the ground in Chesterfield County on April 14; the owlet’s nest could not be found and it was not possible to reunite the young owlet was its parents.

Great Horned Owlet #18-0299

In early March, a Great Horned Owlet was blown out of its nest in Fauquier County, Virginia. Homeowners found the baby, along with its deceased sibling, and took the young bird to a wildlife rehabilitator. The bird was placed with a non-releasable surrogate Great Horned Owl about a week later and was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 10.

Great Horned Owlet #18-0210

On March 27, a homeowner in Augusta County found a young Great Horned Owl in the front yard. The rescuer was unsure if the owl was injured or orphaned, so picked it up and brought it to the Wildlife Center for an examination.

The veterinary team found a few flat flies on the young owl, but otherwise, the bird was healthy. The front-desk staff called the homeowners to see if they could locate the owlet’s nest on their property, but they did not see a nest. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie visited the property to look as well, but there was no sign of any Great Horned Owls.

Black Bear #18-2569

On August 27, a yearling male Black Bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center. The bear had been spotted in Madison County for a couple of weeks; he was thin and weak. A private citizen was able to enclose the bear in an empty dog kennel; DGIF biologists responded to the scene to sedate and transport the bear to the Center.

Black Bear #18-1952

On July 11, an adult female Black Bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center. The severely thin and mangy bear had been seen in Loudoun County; DGIF biologists were able to trap the bear on July 10 to bring her to the Center for treatment.

Bald Eaglet #18-1139

On May 25, a young Bald Eagle nestling fell from its nest in Virginia Beach; the eaglet hit a branch and stayed there for two nights, before falling out of the tree entirely on Sunday, May 27. Rescuers were unsure if the eaglet was injured; they also didn’t want to risk re-nesting the bird and making the eaglet’s siblings jump from the nest prematurely. The nest is known as #1401 by the Center for Conservation Biology’s eagle nest monitoring project; the parent of this young eagle is known as “ND”, one of the young from the Norfolk Botanical Garden nest.


Species Name (EN):
Northern Rough Greensnake
Species Name (LA):
Opheodrys aestivus

Greenbean was an education snake at a nature center in Virginia for nine years; her origins are unknown. When the nature center closed down in the spring of 2017, her keeper contacted the Wildlife Center to see if Greenbean could continue her role as an ambassador. Greenbean officially joined the team in June 2017.

Greenbean passed away in September 2018. 


Species Name (EN):
Virginia Opossum
Species Name (LA):
Didelphis virginiana

On July 26, 2013, the Wildlife Center admitted Virginia Opossum #13-2013 along with her three siblings. The young opossums were found on their dead mother [who had likely been hit by a car] in Staunton, Virginia. While her three siblings were healthy, Phebe had an injury to her right eye. The eye injury did not respond to treatment, and on September 1, the veterinary staff determined that the eye would need to be surgically removed, making Phebe non-releasable.


Species Name (EN):
Great Horned Owl
Species Name (LA):
Bubo virginianus

Briscoe came to the Wildlife Center in September 2010 after he was found trapped in a chimney – for two weeks!  When Briscoe was admitted, he was emaciated and had injuries to the carpal areas [“wrists”] of both wings.

Barred Owl #18-2349

On August 5, an adult Barred Owl was found entangled in fishing line in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond Animal Care and Control responded to the scene and was able to catch the owl; a volunteer transporter brought the bird to the Wildlife Center that same day.