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Great Horned Owlet #17-0885

On May 11, a Great Horned Owlet was transported to the Wildlife Center from a rehabillitator in Northampton County.

Bald Eagle #17-0968

On May 16, a female young adult Bald Eagle was admitted to the Wildlife Center. The eagle was found on the ground by an animal control officer in a landfill in Stafford, VA. This bird was unable to fly and would fall over when approached.

Fowler's Toad 17-2192

On August 18, a private citizen in Augusta County accidentally stepped on an adult Fowler’s Toad. After several days of observation, it became clear that the toad was injured, and it was transported to the Wildlife Center on August 23. Similar in appearance to the common American Toad, Fowler’s Toads are distinguished by a smaller body size and slightly smaller parotoid glands (the large, toxin excreting glands directly behind the eyes). 

Bald Eagle #17-2464

On September 26, a mature female Bald Eagle was found down on the ground at Quantico, a military base in Stafford County, Virginia. The eagle was unable to fly.

Bald Eaglet #15-0733

On May 14, a hatch-year Bald Eaglet was rescued by an animal control officer in King George County. 

Bald Eagle #17-2257 [HK]

On September 1, an adult male Bald Eagle was hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach. The eagle was banded as “HK” – a well-known bird in the eagle community. This eagle hatched in 2009 and is a full sibling to Buddy, the Center’s education Bald Eagle, who hatched in 2008. HK has been nesting at the Honey Bee Golf Course in Virginia Beach and is often spotted and photographed in the birding community.

Black Bear #17-1298

On June 5, the Wildlife Center admitted an adult Black Bear from Shenandoah County, after the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries was able to successfully trap the bear. The bear had symptoms of mange -- significant hair loss and thickened skin all over her body.

The female bear was quiet and alert on arrival; Dr. Ernesto was able to dart and anesthetize the bear for a physical exam. The bear was severely dehydrated and thin; skin scrapes confirmed mange mites. Blood was drawn for analysis, which indicated that the bear was anemic. She weighed in at 31.7 kg.


Species Name (EN):
Virginia Opossum
Species Name (LA):
Didelphis virginiana

On July 26, 2013, the Wildlife Center admitted Virginia Opossum #13-2013 along with her three siblings. The young opossums were found on their dead mother [who had likely been hit by a car] in Staunton, Virginia. While her three siblings were healthy, Phebe had an injury to her right eye. The eye injury did not respond to treatment, and on September 1, the veterinary staff determined that the eye would need to be surgically removed, making Phebe non-releasable.

Bald Eaglet #17-1354

On June 8, a young Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Chesapeake, Virginia. The eagle reportedly killed and ate a backyard chicken; the homeowner called Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation when the eagle was unable to fly away. A volunteer transporter drove the eaglet to the Wildlife Center that same day.

Dr. Ernesto examined the fledgling eagle upon admission and found that the bird was bright and alert, but very thin, with lice and flat flies. Radiographs and blood work were within normal limits.

Bald Eaglet #17-0879

On May 10, a private citizen observed a fledgling Bald Eagle on the ground in Essex County. Found at the same location as Bald Eaglet 17-0836, the new eaglet is presumed to be a sibling. The eaglet was initially taken to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Diana O’Connor, and was admitted to the Wildlife Center on May 11.