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!
On October 17, a man found a juvenile Pied-billed Grebe sitting in the middle of the road in Albemarle County, Virginia. He was able to capture the small waterbird and brought it to the Wildlife Center that same afternoon for treatment.
On September 29, a Brown Pelican was seen standing in someone’s driveway; the pelican was spotted there for a full day, not attempting to fly. A nearby registered transporter was able to rescue the pelican on September 30 and drove the bird to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Diana O’Connor, who transferred the pelican to the Wildlife Center that same day.
On May 14, a Peregrine Falcon chick fledged from its nest on the Benjamin Harrison Bridge in Prince George County and hit the road beneath the nest. Two cars drove over the young falcon without contact; the falcon was in the road for about 45 minutes before a registered transporter was able to successfully rescue the bird.
On April 10, a Great Horned Owlet #19-0341 and its nest mate, owlet #19-0340, were transferred from a permitted wildlife rehabilitator to the Wildlife Center. Private citizens found the owlets after they fell from their nest.
Upon admission, the veterinary staff auscultated [listened to] the owlet’s heart and lungs and heard a heart murmur and crackles in the lungs. Heart murmurs are not unremarkable in young birds, but it will need to be monitored. Crackles in the lungs indicate possible trauma or fluid in the lungs, though nothing unusual was identified on radiographs.
On March 10, a young Great Horned Owl was found in Virginia Beach and was taken to Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation, a local permitted wildlife rehabilitation group. On March 29, the bird was transferred to the Wildlife Center so that the young bird could continue to grow up with an adult Great Horned Owl – surrogate Papa G’Ho.
On June 17, a private citizen in Poquoson, Virginia saw an immature Bald Eagle on the ground and called the local police department. An officer went to the rescue location and called local permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher, who in turn, called a local registered volunteer transporter who regularly makes trips between Hampton Roads and the Wildlife Center. The eagle sat on a bench before it hopped off and was able to be captured.
On July 20, citizens found a young Turkey Vulture by the side of the road in Franklin County, Virginia. There were no adult vultures present, and due to the odd location, they decided to take the bird to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke. The following day, the vulture was transferred to the Wildlife Center for further treatment.
On June 13, an adult Bald Eagle was rescued in Accomack County. The bird was found eating in a ditch near a poultry processing plant and was unable to fly away. A local wildlife rehabilitator rescued the eagle; although the bird was unable to fly, it was feisty and mobile, and the rehabilitator had to chase the grounded bird through briars to rescue it. Once the eagle was captured, the rehabilitator transferred the bird to the Wildlife Center for assessment and treatment.