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Eastern Ratsnake #19-2127

On July 9, a private citizen in Hanover County found an adult Eastern Ratsnake in a chicken coop, and suspected that the snake had ingested several “dummy” ceramic eggs that were missing from the coop; ceramic eggs are commonly used to encourage chickens to lay eggs in specific nest boxes. After spending two days inside the coop, the snake was captured and taken to a nearby veterinary hospital before a registered volunteer transporter drove the snake to the Center on July 11.

White-tailed Deer Fawns of 2018

 Each spring and summer, the Wildlife Center of Virginia admits dozens of White-tailed Deer fawns. The most common reasons fawns are admitted to the Center include injuries due to collisions with vehicles, dog attacks, lack of parental care (orphaned), and unintended “fawn-napping”.

Red-shouldered Hawk, #12-1054

Red-shouldered Hawks Grow Up At Wildlife Center
Species Name (EN):
Red-shouldered Hawks
Species Name (LA):
Buteo lineatus

On May 29, a fourth Red-shouldered Hawk fledgling was admitted to the Wildlife Center -- this bird, #12-1054, was found on the ground in Albemarle County, Virginia. The young bird was very thin and dehydrated.

After several days of fluids and several small meals a day, the Red-shouldered Hawk perked up considerably and was moved into the outdoor enclosure with the other three Red-shouldered Hawks. The rehabilitation staff carefully monitored the four hawks to ensure that all were getting their fair share of food and were putting on weight.

Virginia Opossum #21-3141 Release

During the month of October, opossum #21-3141 received two more courses of chelation therapy to remove the lead in his system. A repeat lead test performed on October 31 came back positive for lead, though the result of 0.034 ppm indicated a much lower subclinical level. Normally, the veterinary team would continue chelation therapy until all of the lead in a patient’s system is removed. However, because this opossum had undergone five courses of chelation therapy, which can be hard on the kidneys, they decided not to administer another round of treatment to remove the remaining lead. 

Turkey Vulture #21-3227

On September 12, a private citizen found a young Turkey Vulture stuck in a large mud pit near a construction site in Charlottesville. The citizen contacted some friends and family, who quickly gathered resources to rescue the vulture and met her at the site. Working together, they placed boards down to form a safe path over the mud. After an hour of difficult progress, they were finally able to reach the vulture and free it from the mud. They bathed it to remove the mud and brought it to the Wildlife Center later that day.

Tracking KG09

On November 4, 2015, an immature [2.5 year old] male Bald Eagle was released at Caledon State Park, Virginia. The eagle was rescued from King George County in August 2015; the bird suffered from lead poisoning. Read more about the eagle’s history and rehabilitation here. Prior to release, the eagle was fitted with a GPS transmitter.

Bald Eagle #21-1979

On June 16, a fisherman found an immature Bald Eagle down in a stream in Spotsylvania County. The bird was flapping and apparently unable to fly; the fisherman called the Spotsylvania police department, and an officer responded to the scene and was able to capture the bird. The eagle was taken to a local veterinary clinic before it was transferred to a permitted at-home wildlife rehabilitator; the eagle was transported to the Wildlife Center on June 17.

Bald Eaglet #21-1320 [75-D]

On May 21, a fledgling Bald Eagle was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Virginia Beach. The bird reportedly fell 90 feet from its nest and was taken to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Lisa Barlow before it was transferred to the Wildlife Center. The bird was banded on one leg as 75-D. 

Bald Eagle #21-0677

On April 25, a mature Bald Eagle was found lying on the ground, unable to fly, near Sandy Bottom Nature Park in Hampton, Virginia. A park ranger was able to capture the bird and took it to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator. The eagle was transported to the Center the following day. 

Bald Eaglet #21-1013

In early May, two young Bald Eaglets were admitted from Northumberland County after their nest fell from a tree. The birds were found two days apart, though fortunately, rescuers were able to quickly capture the birds as soon as they were found; the birds were each initially taken to Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation before being transferred to the Wildlife Center.  Bald Eaglet #21-0954 was admitted on May 5; its sibling was admitted as patient #21-1013 on May 7.

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