On the morning of February 16, a private citizen in Smyth County contacted the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries when two infant Black Bear cubs were discovered in a box on the private citizen’s porch. There was no information with the cubs; no one knows how or when they were found. A conservation officer with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries picked up the cubs and they were transported to the Wildlife Center later that same evening.
On January 7, two adult Bald Eagles were found down in a field in Virginia Beach. The birds had their talons locked together, and did not fly away when approached; the birds were able to be captured and taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator. One of the eagles was banded and is a well-known eagle in the community; ND hatched at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in 2010, and is the younger brother to Buddy, the Wildlife Center of Virginia's Bald Eagle. Both birds were transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia the following morning.
On November 20, an officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service discovered an injured Bald Eagle in the woods in Accomack County. The eagle was captured by a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator, and taken to an animal hospital for radiographs, which revealed a closed left humeral fracture.
On the morning of February 12, a private citizen found a Bald Eagle on the ground near a country road in Carson, VA. Permitted wildlife rehabilitator Deborah Woodward was able capture the eagle, which she described as being extremely lethargic. Despite the inclement winter weather, it was decided that it was best to transport the eagle to the Wildlife Center as soon as possible. Bernadette Ames of the Wildlife Rescue League picked up the eagle and transported it to the Wildlife Center later that evening.
On December 6, a private citizen found an Eastern Screech-Owl standing in the road. The bird would not fly away but was able to be captured and transported to the Center. They placed the owl in a box and brought it to the Center.
On January 7, two adult Bald Eagles were found down in a field in Virginia Beach. The birds had their talons locked together, and did not fly away when approached; the birds were able to be captured and taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator. Both birds were transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia the following morning.
On the evening of December 15, a private citizen in Chesterfield County observed two Bald Eagles fighting on the ground in her pasture, an interaction not uncommon in this species. She was able to safely capture the injured eagle after the other had left. Chesterfield County Animal Services was contacted, and an officer arrived to transport the patient to a veterinarian.
Grayson was found as a young bird in June of 2010 in Grayson County, Virginia. She had fallen out of the nest and suffered a fractured right humerus, as well as injury to her patagium – the skin covering the leading edge of the wing. Grayson was initially taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator, who stabilized the injury and then brought her to the Wildlife Center. WCV veterinarians sutured the hole in the patagium and bandaged the wing; however, the fracture did not heal completely straight, and scarring on the patagium left Grayson unable to fully extend her wing.
On Sunday, December 13, a Bald Eagle was brought to the Center by a Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources officer after the bird was found in a field in Afton, Virginia. Dr. Sarah, one of the Center’s veterinary interns, did not find any significant external injuries, but found that the bird was dehydrated and had a very depressed mentation. This bird's blood was tested for lead, which came back positive for very high lead levels. Radiographs did not show any lead fragments in the bird's gastrointestinal system. Dr.