Archive Patients

Bobcat #19-2408

On July 30, the Wildlife Center admitted a female Bobcat kitten from Floyd County, Virginia. The rescuer found the young bobcat inside a chicken coop and no adult bobcat was observed nearby.

Upon arrival to the hospital, the bobcat was bright, feisty, and growling. An initial examination revealed that the kitten was thin and dehydrated with ticks around her ears and eyes. Blood work, radiographs, and the rest of her physical exam were unremarkable. The veterinary team gave the bobcat fluids and sprayed her with a topical treatment for fleas and ticks.

Black Bear yearling #20-0249

On the afternoon of March 22, the Wildlife Center admitted another male yearling Black Bear. A park ranger found the bear at James River State Park in Buckingham County; the bear was lying in a ditch and appeared to be extremely weak. A DGIF biologist responded to the scene to capture the bear and transport him to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. 

Barn Owl #19-3223

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.

Muskrat #20-0093

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.

Black Bear cub #20-0084

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.

Black Bear cub #20-0064

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. 

Atlantic Puffin #20-0039

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.  

Bald Eagle #19-3193

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

Species Name (EN):
Eastern Screech Owl
Species Name (LA):
Megascops asio

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.

Bald Eagle #19-3231

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.

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