Archive Patients

Black Bear yearling #18-1120

On May 26, a Black Bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. A homeowner in Rockingham County had seen the bear in a tree for two days; the citizen thought that the bear was a cub and called the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. A biologist responded to the scene and found that the bear was an injured yearling; he was able to dart and capture the bear.

Common Snapping Turtle #17-2211

On August 26, the Wildlife Center admitted a Snapping Turtle from Spotsylvania County. Snapping Turtle #17-2211 was rescued by animal control after it was observed with  fishing line coming out of its mouth.
During the initial exam, radiographs revealed two fishing hooks in the turtle: one in the esophagus and one in the gastrointestinal tract, likely within the stomach. The veterinary team performed an endoscopy to remove the fish hook from the esophagus, but the hook in the stomach could not be removed using this technique.

Bobcat #17-2495

On September 30, a juvenile female bobcat was hit by a vehicle while crossing Route 33 in Rockingham County, Virginia. The bobcat was captured and transported to the Wildlife Center, where Dr. Monica, one of the Center’s veterinary interns, examined the bobcat.

Bald Eagle #18-0492

On April 24, a private citizen found an eagle down on the ground near her house in Widewater, Virginia. The eagle was bleeding and was unable to fly away. Two other immature eagles were on the ground near the eagle; it appeared as though they may have been fighting with the injured eagle. The citizen was able to contain the eagle and transported it to the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Black Bear cubs of 2017

At the end of March 2017, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2017. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

Patient 75,000: Great Horned Owlet #18-0232

On March 29, a private citizen saw two young Great Horned Owl chicks on a street in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. The owlets’ nest had fallen from the tree; animal control responded to the scene but could only find one chick, which was sitting near a mailbox. The owlet was taken to a permitted rehabilitator and was examined at a veterinary clinic. The owl had a bruised keel and stomach and suspected internal bleeding.

Red Fox kit #18-0207

On March 26, a female Red Fox kit was rescued after her nest was destroyed in a construction area. As concrete was broken up, the young fox inhaled the dust and was in respiratory distress. The rescuer brought the fox kit to the Wildlife Center, where she was admitted as patient #18-0207.

Black Bear yearling 18-0222

A yearling male Black Bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center on March 29 – the first bear of 2018! A citizen in Bland County saw the thin yearling hanging out in the same area for a few days and reported the bear to the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries; a biologist responded to the call and was able to trap the bear and bring him to the Wildlife Center.

Bald Eagle #17-2705

On December 1, a citizen in Charles City County saw a mature Bald Eagle on the ground, unable to fly. The Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries was called, and an officer responded to the scene and was able to capture the eagle and take it to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator in the area. The following morning, the rehabilitator noted a wound on the eagle's wing; it appeared as though the eagle self-inflicted the wound during the night in the crate.

Bald Eagle #18-0139

On March 7, the Wildlife Center admitted juvenile Bald Eagle #18-0139 - the sixth eagle admitted in two days.

The eagle was rescued in Newport News, Virginia after someone saw it in a ditch by the airport, likely after it was hit by a car. The bird was initially brought to a nearby veterinarian for assessment before it was transferred to the Center for treatment.