Archive Patients

Bald Eaglet #17-0836 [MN18]

On May 7, a private citizen in Essex County found a juvenile Bald Eagle walking around in his yard. The young bird was taken to the Wildbunch Wildlife Refuge for an examination. The young bird was thin and dehydrated, and the following day, the eagle was transported to the Wildlife Center.

Black Bear yearling #17-1559

On June 24, a Black Bear yearling was hit by a car while feeding on a deer carcass on the side of the road in Shenandoah County. An officer with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries picked up and transported the bear to the Wildlife Center that same day.

Bald Eagle #11-0475 [NX]

Black Bear cub #13-2454

On the afternoon of September 26, a man driving on Interstate 64 in Waynesboro saw a small cub lying by the side of the road. He stopped and managed to scoop the injured bear into a milk crate in his truck, and brought it to the Wildlife Center within minutes.

Black Bear cubs of 2013

In 2013, the Wildlife Center admitted a record number of Black Bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. Some of these cubs were orphaned, some were separated from their mothers, and others were found and kept by people for a short period of time.

Black Bear Cub #13-0389

On April 10, the Wildlife Center admitted two small Black Bear cubs from Shenandoah National Park. On April 10-11, the Shenandoah National Park completed a 500-acre prescribed burn at Jarman Gap. Prescribed burns are routine procedures that help reduce the threat of major wildfires; they also promote oak and pine regeneration and additional animal food sources.

Black Bear #12-2655

On the night of December 20, police officers in Chesterfield County found a yearling bear on the side of the road. It appeared as though the young bear had been hit by a vehicle. The police called the Richmond Zoo, and several Zoo personnel responded to the scene, including zoo vet Dr. Cheryl Antonucci. Dr. Antonucci sedated the bear and performed a quick physical examination before she transported the bear to the Wildlife Center. The male yearling arrived at 1:00 a.m. on the morning of December 21.

Virginia Beach Peregrine Falcon

PATIENT:  Peregrine Falcon, #12-0023


INJURY:   Fractured metacarpals

ADMISSION DATE:  January 8, 2012

OUTCOME:  Released June 6, 2012

Bailing Out a Bale of Turtles

PATIENTS:  Common Snapping Turtles

Red-shouldered Hawk #17-1097

On May 23, a Red-shouldered Hawk baby was transferred to the Center from a small animal hospital after the young bird was separated from its parents.

Upon completion of a physical exam, an eye exam, and radiographs, the veterinary staff determined that hawk #17-1097 was healthy. Surprisingly, the baby bird tested positive for lead; the levels are low enough that it should not affect the bird's prognosis or recovery.