Archive Patients


Species Name (EN):
American Crow
Species Name (LA):
Corvus brachyrhynchos

Jaz was hatched in the wild in Warren County, Virginia in May 1992. She was found as a pre-fledging, alone under a tree and apparently abandoned by her parents. Her rescuers transported her to the National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center [CRC] in Front Royal, VA. While the CRC works to breed rare and endangered animals, some common “surrogate species” with behavioral and physiological characteristics similar to their endangered relatives are housed there. During most of her time at the CRC, Jaz was paired with a male crow.

Gray Treefrog #19-0004

On January 2, Gray Treefrog #19-0004 was admitted to the Center – an unusual patient for this time of year.

In December, homeowners in Augusta County were moving potted plants indoors and shortly after, they observed a frog hopping around their house. Treefrogs in Virginia enter brumation – a type of hibernation specific to amphibians and reptiles. The frog’s brumation was unintentionally interrupted, likely by being brought into the warm house. Eventually, the homeowners were able to capture the frog and bring it to the Center for assessment and care.  

American Toad #18-3152

On December 26, American Toad #18-3152 was admitted to the Center from Albemarle County. The toad was observed in the road, bleeding and unable to hop; the rescuer initially thought she had been hit by a car.

Great Horned Owlet #19-0340

On April 10, a Great Horned Owlet #19-0340 and its nest mate, owlet #19-0341, were transferred from a permitted wildlife rehabilitator to the Wildlife Center. Private citizens found the owlets after they fell from their nest.

Beaver #19-0199

On March 22, an adult beaver was found in a parking lot in Goochland County. The beaver was not moving, so someone called an animal control officer, who contained the beaver and took it to the Wellesley Animal Hospital. A veterinarian from Wellesley transported the beaver to the Wildlife Center later that afternoon.

Barred Owl #19-0076

On the evening of February 1, a driver observed a Barred Owl hit the windshield of the car in front of her; the driver was able to capture and contain the owl and brought it to the Wildlife Center the next morning, where it was admitted as patient #19-0076.

Bald Eagle #19-0761

On May 4, a fledgling Bald Eagle fell to the ground in Bland County, Virginia, after the young bird’s nest was destroyed by natural causes the previous night. A Conservation Police Officer rescued and transported the eagle to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center in Roanoke, where it was stabilized before being transferred to the Wildlife Center on May 5 and admitted as patient #19-0761.

Woodchuck #19-0791

On May 7, an adult Woodchuck was found swimming in a containment pond at a sanitation product manufacturer in Harrisonburg. The water contained chemical runoff production and the woodchuck was unable to get out of the pond. A Harrisonburg Animal Control officer responded to the scene and was able to safely extract the woodchuck and brought him to the Wildlife Center.

Black Bear cubs of 2018

In April 2018, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2018. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers or were orphaned. 

Bear cubs will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2018 cubs will be released in the spring of 2019.

Osprey #19-0430

On April 15, an adult Osprey was rescued by a VGDIF Conservation Police Officer after the bird collided with a tree in Gloucester County and was unable to fly. A nearby permitted wildlife rehabilitation facility assessed and stabilized the Osprey, and the bird was transported to the Wildlife Center the following day.