Archive Patients

Great Horned Owl, #12-1209

Maryland Great Horned Owl

On Friday, June 8, a permitted rehabilitator from Maryland admitted another Great Horned Owl juvenile–patient #12-1209. This owl was rescued by park rangers at Cunningham Falls State Park in Maryland after it was mobbed by crows and knocked into the water. The rangers kept the owl in an aviary overnight but noticed that it vocalized when humans were near and begged for food. The rangers released the owl back in the park on May 31, but found the owl back at the release site the next morning. When a ranger placed food in a traveling crate, the owl hopped right into it to eat.

Red-shouldered Hawk #12-0746

Red-shouldered Hawk, #12-0746

Red-shouldered Hawk #12-0746 is one of four young Red-shouldered Hawks that the Wildlife Center admitted in 2012. The hawk was initially rescued on May 8 in Prince Edward County, and was cared for by a permitted rehabilitator before it was transferred to the Wildlife Center on May 10.

Barred Owl #12-1210

At the end of May 2012, a young Barred Owl was dropped off at a National Park Service office in Washington County, Maryland. The location of the bird’s rescue was unknown, so re-nesting was not an option – though the bird was in good condition. The owl was taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator, who in turn transferred the owl to the Wildlife Center so that it could be with other Barred Owls.

Barred Owl, #12-0441

In April 2012, a young Barred Owl was found on the ground in Halifax County, Virginia. It was unable to be returned to the nest, and was taken to a permitted rehabilitator. After re-hydrating and feeding the young bird, the rehabilitator transferred the owl to the Wildlife Center.

Eastern Smooth Earthsnake, #12-1432

Eastern Smooth Earthsnake

On Saturday, June 23, a man in Fluvanna County, Virginia rescued a small, young snake from his cat. He brought the snake to the Wildlife Center the following day, where it was admitted as patient #12-1432. Thanks to the identification help of the Virginia Herpetological Society, the snake was identified as an Eastern Smooth Earthsnake.

Common Snapping Turtle, #12-1366

Hooked Snapping Turtle

On June 18, a person was fishing in Rockingham County and came across a variety of fishing gear that was left behind – a pole, a spilled tackle box, and various fishing equipment. The fisherman also spotted a young snapping turtle near the tackle, with a long piece of fishing line sticking out of its mouth. The person caught the turtle, and called the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Bald Eagle, #12-1339

In early June, a juvenile Bald Eagle was spotted near a road in Parksley, Virginia [Accomack County]. Several days later, the eagle showed up near a poultry farm in the same area – while the eagle was unable to fly, it eluded capture for several more days. The bird was finally able to be captured, and passed through the hands of two permitted rehabilitators before it was transported to the Wildlife Center on June 16.

Black Bear, #12-0990

Shenandoah County Black Bear

On Thursday, May 24, homeowners in Shenandoah County found a yearling Black Bear in their backyard, unable to stand. They called the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and a conservation police officer was dispatched to capture the bear. The bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Bald Eagle #12-0992

Washington, DC Bald Eaglet

This young Bald Eagle was rescued May 24 and referred to the Wildlife Center by a rehabilitator in northern Virginia on May 25, 2012. It had been found on the ground in southwest Washington, DC, dehydrated and slightly thin. Center vets suspect this is a fledgling eagle born early this year.

Bald Eagle, #12-0851

Richmond County Bald Eagle

On May 17, a three-year-old Bald Eagle was found on its back near a road in King George County, Virginia. The eagle was taken to Wildbunch Wildlife Refuge in Richmond County and was stabilized with fluids; the bird was not able to stand. The eagle, patient #12-0851, was admitted to the Wildlife Center on May 18.