On Monday, June 22, the Richmond Peregrine Falcon fledgling was admitted to the Wildlife Center. This young female falcon hatched on the Richmond Falcon Cam; thousands of people watched the chick grow up in downtown Richmond, Virginia. This is the same nesting location where Maggie, the Center's education Peregrine Falcon, hatched and grew up, though the young bird is no relation to Maggie.
On July 2, a juvenile Bald Eagle was found after it reportedly flew into a window and crash landed in Portsmouth, Virginia. Animal Control was able to contain the eagle, and took it to Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation for initial treatment. The following day, the eagle was transported to the Wildlife Center.
PATIENT: Northern Ring-necked Snake, #11-1749
LOCATION OF RESCUE: Waynesboro, Virginia
CIRCUMSTANCE OF ADMISSION: Entrapment
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.