Archive Patients

American Kestrel #12-1316

Papa Kestrel Fosters Fledgling Falcons

On June 14, another young kestrel was admitted to the Wildlife Center. This newest kestrel, #12-1316, was found in Montgomery County, Virginia. Upon admission, the vet staff found bruising on the bird's chest and Dr. Adam, the Center's veterinary intern, was able to feel an old keel fracture. The old fracture was nearly healed, so after several days of monitoring, the bruising subsided and the young bird was moved outside to its new kestrel family.

American Kestrel #12-1058

On the afternoon that Papa K and #12-0880 were moved outside, the Center admitted another fledgling American Kestrel, patient #12-1058. This young falcon was found wandering alone on a soccer field on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. The students who rescued the bird could find no sign of a nest anywhere nearby so they brought the bird to a local veterinarian who, on the recommendation of an area rehabilitator, had the kestrel transported to the Center the same day.

Black Bear, #12-1663

Chesapeake Black Bear Cub
Species Name (EN):
Black Bear
Species Name (LA):
Otus asio

On July 10, two Black Bear cubs were found wandering by the side of a highway in Chesapeake, Virginia. A conservation police officer with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries responded to the scene. No mother bear was spotted in the area; the cubs appeared to be small and underweight for this time of year. The DGIF officer called the Wildlife Center of Virginia’s on-call phone and arranged to bring the bears to the Center on July 11.

Eastern Bluebird, #10-2252

Down Through the Chimney
Species Name (EN):
Eastern Bluebird
Species Name (LA):
Sialia sialis

On Saturday December 11, residents in Crozet received an early (and unexpected) Christmas visitor down their chimney—an Eastern Bluebird!  After falling down the chimney and into the lit fireplace, the bird was quickly plucked out and brought to the Wildlife Center.

Eastern Box Turtle, #10-2098

Species Name (EN):
Eastern Box Turtle
Species Name (LA):
Terrapene carolina carolina

On October 8, this Eastern Box Turtle was admitted to the Wildlife Center after a Center volunteer found him in the middle of the road. Based on the number of shell fractures present, Wildlife Center staff are assuming that the turtle was hit by a car. With fractures extending over  the entire left side of the turtle's body, it seemed impossible that such a small animal could withstand that much trauma. Fortunately, it was just his shell that suffered the trauma; the injuries did not extend into his body cavity.

Bobcat, #10-2123

Bobcat Patient
Species Name (EN):
Species Name (LA):
Lynx rufus

On Friday, October 15, the Wildlife Center admitted a rather feisty young patient -- a juvenile Bobcat. The bobcat was found in early September by the side of the road in Prince George County.  Her rescuers picked her up and took her to Joyce Bulls, a permitted rehabilitator in Sussex County.  Joyce became concerned about the bobcat's ability to hear, so she arranged to transfer the cat to the Wildlife Center.

Tundra Swan, #10-2299

Tundra Swan Release
Species Name (EN):
Tundra Swan
Species Name (LA):
Cygnus columbianus

A juvenile Tundra Swan was admitted to the Wildlife Center at the end of December 2010. The bird was noticed hanging around the same area in Augusta County for a few days, seeming somewhat friendly.

After consulting with our staff bird experts and several bird guides, the bird was identified as a juvenile Tundra Swan. This is a rarity for the Wildlife Center, as Tundra Swans only winter in Virginia, and typically are found along the coast. Tundra Swans migrate from their Artic breeding grounds each year. The swans arrive in Virginia around the end of November and stay until mid-March.

Black Bear, #12-0634

Bedford County Black Bear Cub
Species Name (EN):
Black Bear
Species Name (LA):
Ursus americanus

In early May, a homeowner saw a young Black Bear cub in a tree on his property in Bedford, Virginia. Two days later, the homeowner saw the bear again – but no sign of its mother. A DGIF biologist responded to the scene and brought the cub to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on May 3.

Gloucester Bald Eagle

PATIENT:  Bald Eagle, #10-2278 LOCATION OF RESCUE:  Gloucester, VA CAUSE OF ADMISSION:   Lead poisoning ADMISSION DATE:  December 21, 2010 OUTCOME:  Died December 23, 2010

Peregrine Falcon Training

June 20, 2011

At the very end of May, the peregrine was moved back into a smaller outdoor enclosure -- the bird just wasn't making it up to the perches in the flight pen and wasn't utilizing all of the space around her.  With the many other raptor patients that could use the flight pen space, she was moved to a smaller enclosure for the time being.