Archive Patients


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

Malcolm came to the Center in February 2010 as an unwanted pet and was most likely hatched in captivity. Malcolm’s life-experience as a pet means that he likely lacks the ability to survive in the wild, find his own food, and locate shelter. As a result, Malcolm has landed a permanent home at the Wildlife Center.

Malcolm was humanely euthanized in July 2019, at the age of 25. 


Species Name (EN):
Red-shouldered Hawk
Species Name (LA):
Buteo lineatus

Keeya was found by a road in Hanover County in September 2013. When she was first admitted, Keeya was extremely thin and dehydrated -- she had been unable to hunt and care for herself for several days. Radiographs revealed two fractures in her right wing – both the radius and ulna were fractured. Both fractures were close to the hawk’s joints, and WCV vets could not pin the broken bones in surgery.

Black Bear #19-1743

An adult female Black Bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center on June 19; the bear had been seen in Stanardsville, Virginia, by a homeowner who was concerned about the bear's appearance. A DGIF biologist was able to trap the bear on June 18. 

Black Bear cub #19-1176 [Orange Tag]

On May 27, a young Black Bear cub was found in the middle of a road in Franklin County, Virginia. There was no sow in the area, and the bear was picked up and taken to the Southside Virginia Wildlife Center, where he stayed for the night before he was transported the next day to the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Great Horned Owlet #19-0148

On March 13, the Wildlife Center admitted hatchling Great Horned Owl #19-0148 from Chesterfield County. The owl was found by Chesterfield County Animal Control after the young bird fell from the nest and was then taken to a nearby veterinary hospital for initial assessment before being transferred to the Wildlife Center for continued care.

Bald Eagle #19-0031

On January 15, an adult female Bald Eagle was rescued by a Newport News Parks and Recreation ranger after the bird was hit by a car. After a veterinary clinic in Yorktown assessed and stabilized the eagle, a volunteer transported the bird to the Wildlife Center.

Western Grebe

The Wildlife Center received a rare patient on February 10 -- a Western Grebe. On its way to becoming well-known in the birding community, this unusual water bird had been spotted swimming and feeding on Lake Anna for several days.  Western Grebes are typically found in the western half of the U.S.

Bald Eagle #19-1068

On May 23, the Wildlife Center admitted a Bald Eagle from Giles County, Virginia. The bird was found down in a landfill by an animal control officer and was taken to Virginia Tech. The ACO and clinicians at Virginia Tech suspected that the bird ingested a toxin at the landfill; they were able to stabilize the bird before sending it to the Center later that afternoon.

American Toad #19-0654

On April 30, a private citizen found an American Toad being pecked at by their chickens; it appeared that the toad was already wounded before the chickens found it. The rescuer brought the toad to the Wildlife Center, where it was admitted as patient #19-0654.

The veterinary staff examined the toad, who was quiet but alert and responsive. The toad was unable to use its left hind limb, which also had abrasions. No fractures were identified on physical exam or radiographs. It’s unclear what might have caused the toad’s injuries, but it’s possible it was attacked by another animal.

Black Bear #19-0328

On April 8, DGIF responded to several concerned calls about a Black Bear yearling in a townhouse complex in Albemarle County; although some residents were simply concerned about the bear's general presence in the neighborhood, others were worried that the bear was hurt or sick, because of visible hair loss and a possible limp. A DGIF biologist was able to tranquilize the bear and transport it to the Wildlife Center for assessment and care.