On November 17, a rescuer found a young Barn Own by the side of the road in Rockingham County. Suspecting that the owl was hit by a vehicle, the rescuer was able to contain the owl and transported it to the Wildlife Center for treatment.
On February 9, an adult male muskrat was admitted from Augusta County after it was found struggling to pull itself onto a pond bank. The rescuer brought the muskrat to the Center immediately, where it was admitted as patient #20-0093, making it the first muskrat admitted to the Wildlife Center of Virginia since 2016.
On February 6, an infant male Black Bear cub was admitted to the Wildlife Center. The cub was found the evening before in Washington County when a family dog brought home the tiny cub. The homeowners were unsure where the cub came from, so they called the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF). A biologist transported the cub to the Center.
On January 22, an infant Black Bear cub was found in Craig County by power line workers; the cub was on top of a brush pile and was nearly frozen. The workers thought the cub was dead at first, but after they warmed the infant bear, she started crying.
On Sunday, January 19, an Atlantic Puffin was admitted to the Wildlife Center – a very unusual species for the Center. Sadly, the bird had several health issues and died overnight. This was still a notable patient and interesting learning opportunity for the staff and students at the Center.
On November 7, an adult Bald Eagle was rescued after it was found down in the ground in Pittsylvania County. The eagle as taken to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke, where it was stabilized before it was sent to the Wildlife Center of Virginia the following day.
Alex was brought to The Wildlife Center in November 2007. She had been found by a road in Wythe County. Alex had a left wing fracture and damage to both eyes. While the wing fracture healed, Alex cannot be released back to the wild because of her limited vision.
On November 18, a juvenile Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Accomack County, Virginia. The eagle was stuck in thick, gloppy mud and appeared unable to extract itself. The bird was able to be contained, and was taken to a permitted rehabilitator on the Eastern Shore, where it was cleaned and stabilized for the night. The next day, a dedicated volunteer transporter drove the eagle to the Wildlife Center.
Clapper Rail patient #19-3171 was admitted on November 4, after it was kept for an extended period of time after the finder observed the bird unable to walk properly. Upon presentation, the patient was bright and alert and walking around. Dr. Ernesto noted some missing secondary feathers on the bird’s left wing, as well as reduced range of motion in the bird’s left hip joint. The missing feathers could have been a result of previous trauma, or inadequate housing while inappropriately kept. After taking radiographs, Dr.
Max was purchased at a pet store in North Carolina and lived as a family pet for several years before he was given to the Wildlife Center in January 2014. Reptile pets lack the necessary skills to survive in the wild and can never be released. Max has lived his whole life in captivity and can't protect himself, find food, or locate shelter in the wild. Because he is non-releasable, Max is a permanent education animal at the Center.
In December 2019, Max retired from the education life; after much assessment, it appeared as though he prefers a much quieter environment!