Archive Patients

Bald Eagle, #12-0739

Northumberland Bald Eagle

On the morning of Thursday, May 10, fledgling Bald Eagle #12-0739 was admitted to the Wildlife Center.  It was found down on the ground on May 9 in Northumberland County, Virginia and picked up by a familiar face -- Officer Keeve, the same animal control officer who rescued NX in December 2011!  The young eagle was bright and alert, and while performing the initial examination, Dr. Miranda Sadar determined that it was also thin and slightly dehydrated. Dr.

Bald Eagle, #12-0744

Hog Island Bald Eagle

On May 9, a Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries biologist rescued this non-banded juvenile Bald Eagle at the Hog Island Wildlife Management Area in Surry County, Virginia. At present, few details are available about the circumstances of its rescue. It was admitted to the Wildlife Center on the afternoon of May 10, 2012.

Upon examination, the eagle presented as thin but not emaciated. Though it was standing on admission, when vets caught it up for a physical exam, the eagle was observed lying down in its cage and hanging its head. Though these symptoms can sometimes indicate lead poisoning, lead levels in patient #12-0744's blood were less than 0.033ppm -- lower than the Center's lead analyzer can read.

American Crow, #11-2432

Extreme Makeover: Imping an American Crow

On September 24, 2011, American Crow #11-2432 was admitted to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. The bird, estimated to have hatched earlier this year, was rescued on the ground near Pulaski, Virginia. While performing the initial examination, the Center’s doctors noted that almost all of the crow’s primary, secondary, and tail feathers were either broken or missing. The crow was also missing feathers from its head and body. Due to the nature of the damage to its feathers, Dr. Dave McRuer and Dr.

Peregrine Falcon #12-1278

On June 11, biologists with the Center for Conservation Biology pulled three young Peregrine Falcon chicks from a nest on the Berkeley Bridge in Norfolk, Virginia. The falcons were to be sent to the Shenandoah National Park for hacking, as a part of the VA Falcon reintroduction efforts. Read more about Virginia falcon conservation and hacking here.

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.