Current Patients

Black Bear #18-1952

On July 11, an adult female Black Bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center. The severely thin and mangy bear had been seen in Loudoun County; DGIF biologists were able to trap the bear on July 10 to bring her to the Center for treatment.

Latest Update: July 16, 2018

Black Bear #18-1952 is quiet but alert in the Center’s Bear Pen enclosure; she’s eating readily and has been observed walking in the enclosure. The bear received her one dose of oral medication on Thursday, July 12. The bear will be darted and sedated on July 25 – two weeks after admission – for additional skin scrapes, blood work, and a physical examination.

Great Horned Owlet #18-0553

On April 23, a young Great Horned Owl was found down on the ground in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. The bird was taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator, who transferred the young owl to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 28.

Latest Update: July 16, 2018

The four owlets are doing well with Papa G’Ho in flight pen A2. The birds can often be seen interacting with each other on Critter Cam; they often preen each other in between their naps. The birds haven’t started a formal exercise program yet since they won’t be released until the fall, but the rehab staff has started offering “practice mouse school” on Sundays. Several live mice are left in a large tub in the flight pen in addition to the owlet’s regular meal of dead mice and rats.

On April 23, a young Great Horned Owl was found down on the ground in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. The bird was taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator, who transferred the young owl to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 28.

Latest Update: May 17, 2018

The Great Horned Owlets have been doing well during the past few weeks; they have all gained weight and are growing in all of their adult flight feathers. The owls are becoming increasingly active, and on May 17 or 18 they will be moved to flight pen A2. This larger space will allow the four owlets to have more room as they start to fly more. Later this summer, the rehab staff will start exercising the owlets daily. The owlets won't be old enough for release until the fall. 

Great Horned Owlet #18-0408

On April 19, Great Horned Owlet #18-0408 was admitted to the Wildlife Center from a group of permitted wildlife rehabilitators in the Richmond area. The young bird had been found on the ground in Chesterfield County on April 14; the owlet’s nest could not be found and it was not possible to reunite the young owlet was its parents.

Latest Update: July 16, 2018

The four owlets are doing well with Papa G’Ho in flight pen A2. The birds can often be seen interacting with each other on Critter Cam; they often preen each other in between their naps. The birds haven’t started a formal exercise program yet since they won’t be released until the fall, but the rehab staff has started offering “practice mouse school” on Sundays. Several live mice are left in a large tub in the flight pen in addition to the owlet’s regular meal of dead mice and rats.

On April 19, Great Horned Owlet #18-0408 was admitted to the Wildlife Center from a group of permitted wildlife rehabilitators in the Richmond area. The young bird had been found on the ground in Chesterfield County on April 14; the owlet’s nest could not be found and it was not possible to reunite the young owlet was its parents.

Latest Update: May 17, 2018

The Great Horned Owlets have been doing well during the past few weeks; they have all gained weight and are growing in all of their adult flight feathers. The owls are becoming increasingly active, and on May 17 or 18 they will be moved to flight pen A2. This larger space will allow the four owlets to have more room as they start to fly more. Later this summer, the rehab staff will start exercising the owlets daily. The owlets won't be old enough for release until the fall. 

On April 19, Great Horned Owlet #18-0408 was admitted to the Wildlife Center from a group of permitted wildlife rehabilitators in the Richmond area. The young bird had been found on the ground in Chesterfield County on April 14; the owlet’s nest could not be found and it was not possible to reunite the young owlet was its parents.

Latest Update: April 24, 2018

The Great Horned Owl family is doing well in Flight Pen 4; on Saturday, the oldest Great Horned Owlet [#18-0299] was let out of its crate. On Monday, April 23, the other two owlets came out of their crate. All three are exploring, making short flights, and are eating well. The owlets are wearing temporary colored leg bands to identify them while they are housed together; the bands will be removed this fall and replaced with permanent metal U.S. Fish & Wildlife bands prior to their release.

Great Horned Owlet #18-0299

In early March, a Great Horned Owlet was blown out of its nest in Fauquier County, Virginia. Homeowners found the baby, along with its deceased sibling, and took the young bird to a wildlife rehabilitator. The bird was placed with a non-releasable surrogate Great Horned Owl about a week later and was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 10.

Latest Update: July 16, 2018

The four owlets are doing well with Papa G’Ho in flight pen A2. The birds can often be seen interacting with each other on Critter Cam; they often preen each other in between their naps. The birds haven’t started a formal exercise program yet since they won’t be released until the fall, but the rehab staff has started offering “practice mouse school” on Sundays. Several live mice are left in a large tub in the flight pen in addition to the owlet’s regular meal of dead mice and rats.

In early March, a Great Horned Owlet was blown out of its nest in Fauquier County, Virginia. Homeowners found the baby, along with its deceased sibling, and took the young bird to a wildlife rehabilitator. The bird was placed with a non-releasable surrogate Great Horned Owl about a week later and was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 10.

Latest Update: May 17, 2018

The Great Horned Owlets have been doing well during the past few weeks; they have all gained weight and are growing in all of their adult flight feathers. The owls are becoming increasingly active, and on May 17 or 18 they will be moved to flight pen A2. This larger space will allow the four owlets to have more room as they start to fly more. Later this summer, the rehab staff will start exercising the owlets daily. The owlets won't be old enough for release until the fall. 

In early March, a Great Horned Owlet was blown out of its nest in Fauquier County, Virginia. Homeowners found the baby, along with its deceased sibling, and took the young bird to a wildlife rehabilitator. The bird was placed with a non-releasable surrogate Great Horned Owl about a week later and was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 10.

Latest Update: April 24, 2018

The Great Horned Owl family is doing well in Flight Pen 4; on Saturday, the oldest Great Horned Owlet [#18-0299] was let out of its crate. On Monday, April 23, the other two owlets came out of their crate. All three are exploring, making short flights, and are eating well. The owlets are wearing temporary colored leg bands to identify them while they are housed together; the bands will be removed this fall and replaced with permanent metal U.S. Fish & Wildlife bands prior to their release.

In early March, a Great Horned Owlet was blown out of its nest in Fauquier County, Virginia. Homeowners found the baby, along with its deceased sibling, and took the young bird to a wildlife rehabilitator. The bird was placed with a non-releasable surrogate Great Horned Owl about a week later and was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on April 10.

Latest Update: April 16, 2018

Great Horned Owlets #18-0210 and 18-0299 are both doing well; they are now eating whole food [dead mice] twice a day and have both gained weight.  The rehab team reports that Papa G’Ho is getting more defensive of the babies, and has flown at the staff when the owlets were handled for weighing.

Waynesboro is still experiencing some cold springtime temperatures; the two owlets will come inside during the next couple of nights when temperatures are forecasted to reach the lower 30’s. The owlets [still in their crate] will be returned to Papa’s flight pen during the day.

Great Horned Owlet #18-0210

On March 27, a homeowner in Augusta County found a young Great Horned Owl in the front yard. The rescuer was unsure if the owl was injured or orphaned, so picked it up and brought it to the Wildlife Center for an examination.

The veterinary team found a few flat flies on the young owl, but otherwise, the bird was healthy. The front-desk staff called the homeowners to see if they could locate the owlet’s nest on their property, but they did not see a nest. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie visited the property to look as well, but there was no sign of any Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: July 16, 2018

The four owlets are doing well with Papa G’Ho in flight pen A2. The birds can often be seen interacting with each other on Critter Cam; they often preen each other in between their naps. The birds haven’t started a formal exercise program yet since they won’t be released until the fall, but the rehab staff has started offering “practice mouse school” on Sundays. Several live mice are left in a large tub in the flight pen in addition to the owlet’s regular meal of dead mice and rats.

On March 27, a homeowner in Augusta County found a young Great Horned Owl in the front yard. The rescuer was unsure if the owl was injured or orphaned, so picked it up and brought it to the Wildlife Center for an examination.

The veterinary team found a few flat flies on the young owl, but otherwise, the bird was healthy. The front-desk staff called the homeowners to see if they could locate the owlet’s nest on their property, but they did not see a nest. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie visited the property to look as well, but there was no sign of any Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: May 17, 2018

The Great Horned Owlets have been doing well during the past few weeks; they have all gained weight and are growing in all of their adult flight feathers. The owls are becoming increasingly active, and on May 17 or 18 they will be moved to flight pen A2. This larger space will allow the four owlets to have more room as they start to fly more. Later this summer, the rehab staff will start exercising the owlets daily. The owlets won't be old enough for release until the fall. 

On March 27, a homeowner in Augusta County found a young Great Horned Owl in the front yard. The rescuer was unsure if the owl was injured or orphaned, so picked it up and brought it to the Wildlife Center for an examination.

The veterinary team found a few flat flies on the young owl, but otherwise, the bird was healthy. The front-desk staff called the homeowners to see if they could locate the owlet’s nest on their property, but they did not see a nest. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie visited the property to look as well, but there was no sign of any Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: April 24, 2018

The Great Horned Owl family is doing well in Flight Pen 4; on Saturday, the oldest Great Horned Owlet [#18-0299] was let out of its crate. On Monday, April 23, the other two owlets came out of their crate. All three are exploring, making short flights, and are eating well. The owlets are wearing temporary colored leg bands to identify them while they are housed together; the bands will be removed this fall and replaced with permanent metal U.S. Fish & Wildlife bands prior to their release.

On March 27, a homeowner in Augusta County found a young Great Horned Owl in the front yard. The rescuer was unsure if the owl was injured or orphaned, so picked it up and brought it to the Wildlife Center for an examination.

The veterinary team found a few flat flies on the young owl, but otherwise, the bird was healthy. The front-desk staff called the homeowners to see if they could locate the owlet’s nest on their property, but they did not see a nest. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie visited the property to look as well, but there was no sign of any Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: April 16, 2018

Great Horned Owlets #18-0210 and 18-0299 are both doing well; they are now eating whole food [dead mice] twice a day and have both gained weight.  The rehab team reports that Papa G’Ho is getting more defensive of the babies, and has flown at the staff when the owlets were handled for weighing.

Waynesboro is still experiencing some cold springtime temperatures; the two owlets will come inside during the next couple of nights when temperatures are forecasted to reach the lower 30’s. The owlets [still in their crate] will be returned to Papa’s flight pen during the day.

On March 27, a homeowner in Augusta County found a young Great Horned Owl in the front yard. The rescuer was unsure if the owl was injured or orphaned, so picked it up and brought it to the Wildlife Center for an examination.

The veterinary team found a few flat flies on the young owl, but otherwise, the bird was healthy. The front-desk staff called the homeowners to see if they could locate the owlet’s nest on their property, but they did not see a nest. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie visited the property to look as well, but there was no sign of any Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: April 9, 2018

Great Horned Owlet #18-0210 has been eating well during the past few days; the owlet has gained more than 250 grams since admission and currently weighs 930 grams!  At the end of last week, the rehabilitation team moved Papa G’Ho, the Center’s non-releasable Great Horned Owl surrogate dad, into a crate facing the young owlet. This sort of “howdy housing” will allow the owls to see and hear each other in an indoor setting. Once the weather is consistently warmer, Papa and the baby will be moved to a small outdoor enclosure.

Bald Eaglet #18-1139

On May 25, a young Bald Eagle nestling fell from its nest in Virginia Beach; the eaglet hit a branch and stayed there for two nights, before falling out of the tree entirely on Sunday, May 27. Rescuers were unsure if the eaglet was injured; they also didn’t want to risk re-nesting the bird and making the eaglet’s siblings jump from the nest prematurely. The nest is known as #1401 by the Center for Conservation Biology’s eagle nest monitoring project; the parent of this young eagle is known as “ND”, one of the young from the Norfolk Botanical Garden nest.

Latest Update: July 16, 2018

Bald Eaglet #18-1139 is doing well in flight pen A3. Wildlife rehabilitation intern Shannon reports that the eaglet has been flying an average of four to six passes during each exercise session and that the bird’s stamina is improving week to week. The rehab staff will aim to have the eagle fly an average of five to 10 passes during exercise during the coming week.

On May 25, a young Bald Eagle nestling fell from its nest in Virginia Beach; the eaglet hit a branch and stayed there for two nights, before falling out of the tree entirely on Sunday, May 27. Rescuers were unsure if the eaglet was injured; they also didn’t want to risk re-nesting the bird and making the eaglet’s siblings jump from the nest prematurely. The nest is known as #1401 by the Center for Conservation Biology’s eagle nest monitoring project; the parent of this young eagle is known as “ND”, one of the young from the Norfolk Botanical Garden nest.

Latest Update: July 6, 2018

Bald Eaglet #18-1139 has been doing well in flight pen A3 during the past couple of weeks. The eagle’s weight is stable, and the bird has been making a few flights around the large flight area. On July 5, the rehabilitation team began a formal daily exercise program for the young bird, to slowly build his stamina during the next month. If all goes well, the young bird could be released sometime in mid- to late August.

On May 25, a young Bald Eagle nestling fell from its nest in Virginia Beach; the eaglet hit a branch and stayed there for two nights, before falling out of the tree entirely on Sunday, May 27. Rescuers were unsure if the eaglet was injured; they also didn’t want to risk re-nesting the bird and making the eaglet’s siblings jump from the nest prematurely. The nest is known as #1401 by the Center for Conservation Biology’s eagle nest monitoring project; the parent of this young eagle is known as “ND”, one of the young from the Norfolk Botanical Garden nest.

Latest Update: June 21, 2018

Bald Eaglet #18-1139 has been doing well since fledging in flight pen A3; the bird is making short flights each day, and the staff have not noted any sign of a wing droop. The bird is eating well and weighs a little more than 3.0 kg. The eaglets feathers have grown in, and the veterinary staff began regularly foot and feather checks for the young bird, which will take place every other week. Once the bird is a little older, the rehab staff will start daily exercise to prepare it for release.

On May 25, a young Bald Eagle nestling fell from its nest in Virginia Beach; the eaglet hit a branch and stayed there for two nights, before falling out of the tree entirely on Sunday, May 27. Rescuers were unsure if the eaglet was injured; they also didn’t want to risk re-nesting the bird and making the eaglet’s siblings jump from the nest prematurely. The nest is known as #1401 by the Center for Conservation Biology’s eagle nest monitoring project; the parent of this young eagle is known as “ND”, one of the young from the Norfolk Botanical Garden nest.

Latest Update: June 11, 2018

Bald Eaglet #18-1139 has been doing well in the tower of A3 for the past week. The eagle has been moving around and perching normally; no additional issues have been seen with the bird’s shoulder in this limited space. On June 10, additional radiographs were taken to check on the eagle’s left shoulder injury; the vet team was happy to report that the bird’s initial issues had resolved. The eaglets eyes are also within normal limits.

On May 25, a young Bald Eagle nestling fell from its nest in Virginia Beach; the eaglet hit a branch and stayed there for two nights, before falling out of the tree entirely on Sunday, May 27. Rescuers were unsure if the eaglet was injured; they also didn’t want to risk re-nesting the bird and making the eaglet’s siblings jump from the nest prematurely. The nest is known as #1401 by the Center for Conservation Biology’s eagle nest monitoring project; the parent of this young eagle is known as “ND”, one of the young from the Norfolk Botanical Garden nest.

Latest Update: June 5, 2018

During the past week, Bald Eagle #18-1139 has been doing well, and no wing droop has been noted since a few days following admission.

The bird has been eating well and was transitioned to a diet of whole mice [instead of a plate of chopped rat].

On June 1, the rehabilitation team moved the eaglet to the tower in outdoor flight pen A3; the tower connects to the larger flight pen, and when the eaglet is ready to fledge, the screen between the two spaces can be removed so the eagle can “branch out” into the larger space.

Woodland Box Turtle #18-1182

On May 28 in Hopewell, Virginia, female Woodland Box Turtle #18-1182 was found with an injury to her front right leg. The turtle was brought to a nearby veterinarian for initial treatment and was transferred to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Following an initial examination, the veterinary staff classified the leg injury as a degloving wound – the turtle’s skin had been completely removed from the underlying tissue. The wound was so severe that the Center’s veterinary staff determined that the leg would need to be amputated.

Latest Update: July 10, 2018

Woodland Box Turtle #18-1182 recovered exceptionally well from her amputation surgery on May 31. In the six weeks following surgery, she gained weight and showed signs of a healthy appetite, and her mobility was not impacted by the amputated leg. On July 5, the turtle’s initial rescuers released her near the rescue site in Hopewell, VA.

On May 28 in Hopewell, Virginia, female Woodland Box Turtle #18-1182 was found with an injury to her front right leg. The turtle was brought to a nearby veterinarian for initial treatment and was transferred to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Following an initial examination, the veterinary staff classified the leg injury as a degloving wound – the turtle’s skin had been completely removed from the underlying tissue. The wound was so severe that the Center’s veterinary staff determined that the leg would need to be amputated.

Latest Update: June 19, 2018

Three weeks following her amputation surgery, Woodland Box Turtle #18-1182 is doing well; she has a healthy appetite and a bright attitude. The amputation site is healing nicely, with no signs of inflammation or infection. Now that the surgical site is healing, Dr. Ingrid approved the turtle to begin soaking in shallow water a few times a week; this will help the turtle remain well-hydrated during her recovery.

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.

Latest Update: July 6, 2018

The 11 Black Bear cubs are doing well in the Center’s Large Mammal Isolation enclosure. The bears were fully weaned from their “mush bowls” this week, and are now eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, seeds, insects, and greens. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie said that none of the bears seemed to miss their mush bowls in the past two days, and the cubs are eating a lot more “adult foods” now, which means the Wildlife Center kitchen is going through a good bit of produce!

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.

Latest Update: June 25, 2018

The Black Bear cubs are doing well at the Center; they are all still receiving one mush bowl each, plus an ever-expanding “adult” diet of fruits, vegetables, seeds, and insects. All cubs have been weaned from their bottle feedings and soon will be weaned from their bear formula mush bowls entirely – wildlife rehabilitator Brie anticipates discontinuing mush for most of the cubs at the start of July, though the smallest cub, #18-1089 [Double Pink] may continue to receive a mush bowl while she’s housed separately.

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.

Latest Update: June 18, 2018

Last week, the cubs began Dr. Peach’s study on a new drug for treating mange in Black Bears. The cubs received the medication on Thursday and had blood draws on Friday; everything went smoothly. Dr. Peach had the opportunity to check each cub thoroughly during the blood draw process; she said all 10 cubs appeared to be in good condition. Some of the cubs still have some hair loss due to ringworm, but overall, they look good and no additional hair loss has developed.  The next blood draw for the study will take place on Thursday, June 21.

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.

Latest Update: June 12, 2018

The 10 Black Bear cubs are doing well in the Center’s Large Mammal enclosure; they are sampling a variety of different foods that have been introduced to their diet – apples, pomegranates, other fruits, and greens. Each cub is also receiving a mush bowl daily, and Orange, Green, and Red tagged bears are also still bottle-feeding once a day, though as of June 11, Brie noted that they showed less interest.

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.

Latest Update: June 4, 2018

The eight black bear cubs in the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure are doing well and gaining weight. On Thursday, May 31, the rehabilitation staff weighed the cubs, most for the last time without sedation; they are now too big and strong to be handled and weighed while awake. The staff will continue to weigh Double Green tag until he reaches 5 kg.

Current weights [5/31] are:

Green Tag: 8.1 kgs
Orange Tag: 8.25 kgs
No Tag: 7.6 kgs
Pink Tag: 7 kgs
Red: 5.9 kgs
Yellow Tag: 8.4 kgs
White Tag: 6.6 kgs
Double Green Tags: 3.4 kgs

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.

Latest Update: May 23, 2018

The Black Bear cubs are doing well in the Center’s Large Mammal Isolation enclosure; cub #8 will be joining them soon! Last week, the Center admitted another Black Bear cub, but since he only weighed 2.5 kg at admission, he has some weight to put on first before joining the others in the main enclosures. At today’s weigh-in, he was 2.7 kg – so should be able to come out of his Zinger crate in the next week. 

 

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.

Latest Update: May 10, 2018

The Black Bear cubs are doing well since their move to the Large Mammal enclosure earlier this week. The former Green Tag was unhappy to be separated from her siblings as her ear healed, but fortunately on the evening of May 9, wildlife rehabilitator Brie examined it and thought it was healed enough to be introduced to the others. All seven cubs are housed together in one side of the Large Mammal enclosure; the rehab staff will get the other side ready in the next couple of days so that the cubs have more space to play! Watch them on Critter Cam 3.

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.

Latest Update: May 9, 2018

During the past week, the rehabilitation staff have been carefully monitoring the lesions on Pink Tag’s face; No Tag and (future) Red Tag also developed some small patches of hair loss. The staff took several hair samples and the Center’s diagnostic team started a DTM  (dermatophyte test medium) to check for the ringworm fungus. On Monday, May 7, results came back positive for ringworm growth. The technicians were able to “type” the ringworm and concluded that the bears have a highly contagious form of the fungus.

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.

Latest Update: May 4, 2018

The seven bear cubs are doing well at the Center; the wildlife rehabilitation team looking forward to getting at least half of these rambunctious cubs into the Large Mammal enclosure area as soon as possible! Within the next week, a few door repairs should be complete, and the cubs that weigh more than 3.0 kgs will be able to move.

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.

Latest Update: April 26, 2018

Wildlife rehabilitator Brie reports that the bear cubs are enjoying their new space in the sheltered outdoor Metal Cage Complex. Most of the other small enclosures used for housing raptors have been cleared out of the space so that the bear cubs have plenty of room to run around during their play sessions. The rehabilitation team even constructed a fun jungle gym for the cubs, though Brie notes that the cubs are also happy trying to climb the walls and door!

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.

Latest Update: April 23, 2018

The five Black Bear cubs are doing well at the Center; they continue to eat three times a day and are increasingly energetic and playful with one another. Brie reports that cub #18-0383, the newest cub admitted, has been a little more lethargic than the other cubs; he may just be settling in and adjusting to his new siblings, but the cub will have blood drawn later this week for another analysis.

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.

Latest Update: April 17, 2018

Here's a glimpse into the playtime of four growing Black Bear cubs ... 

 

 

Bald Eagle #18-0132

On March 5, a private citizen from the Charlottesville area noticed a Bald Eagle with a drooping wing on the ground near a road. The incident was reported to local Animal Control Officers, who then contacted a Wildlife Center volunteer transporter. The eagle was rescued on March 6 and admitted to the Center later that day.

Latest Update: July 5, 2018

The wound on Bald Eagle #18-0132’s foot has continued to heal without complication, and on June 25 the eagle was transitioned to a larger flight pen to begin daily exercise. Rehabilitation staff report that the eagle’s physical stamina will need to improve before being considered for release; the eagle was only able to fly between one and five passes before reaching physical exhaustion.

On March 5, a private citizen from the Charlottesville area noticed a Bald Eagle with a drooping wing on the ground near a road. The incident was reported to local Animal Control Officers, who then contacted a Wildlife Center volunteer transporter. The eagle was rescued on March 6 and admitted to the Center later that day.

Latest Update: June 20, 2018

On June 13, veterinary staff determined that the wound on Bald Eagle #18-0132’s foot had been healing extremely well and no longer required daily checks. After applying a smaller bandage that would not affect the eagle’s ability to properly perch, it was moved to a small outdoor enclosure.

On June 25, veterinary staff will check the eagle’s wound and bandage in addition to evaluating its overall body condition. If no complications are identified, the eagle will be transferred to a larger outdoor flight pen and begin a daily exercise regimen to improve its strength and stamina.

On March 5, a private citizen from the Charlottesville area noticed a Bald Eagle with a drooping wing on the ground near a road. The incident was reported to local Animal Control Officers, who then contacted a Wildlife Center volunteer transporter. The eagle was rescued on March 6 and admitted to the Center later that day.

Latest Update: June 5, 2018

Bald Eagle #18-0132 is recovering well in the Center’s indoor holding area, and the wound on the eagle’s toe has been healing appropriately and remains free of infection.

Veterinary staff plan to keep the eagle indoors until the wound fully heals, as bandaging the area would affect the eagle’s ability to properly perch in an outdoor flight pen.

On March 5, a private citizen from the Charlottesville area noticed a Bald Eagle with a drooping wing on the ground near a road. The incident was reported to local Animal Control Officers, who then contacted a Wildlife Center volunteer transporter. The eagle was rescued on March 6 and admitted to the Center later that day.

Latest Update: May 23, 2018

During daily flight conditioning on May 13, rehabilitation staff noted an open sore-like wound on one of Bald Eagle 18-0132’s right toes; the wound was swollen and bleeding. The eagle was transferred to an indoor holding area, and the next day, Dr. Ernesto surgically debrided and closed the infected wound while the eagle was anesthetized. After disinfecting the area and applying medical honey, a protective bandage was applied.

On March 5, a private citizen from the Charlottesville area noticed a Bald Eagle with a drooping wing on the ground near a road. The incident was reported to local Animal Control Officers, who then contacted a Wildlife Center volunteer transporter. The eagle was rescued on March 6 and admitted to the Center later that day.

Latest Update: May 11, 2018

Bald Eagle #18-0132 has been improving during daily flight conditioning during the past two weeks, though the bird still needs to improve more prior to release. The eagle is able to fly the length of the 100-foot long enclosure about 10 times before tiring; the eagle typically maintains height until the last pass. The staff will continue to exercise this eagle in the weeks to come.

On March 5, a private citizen from the Charlottesville area noticed a Bald Eagle with a drooping wing on the ground near a road. The incident was reported to local Animal Control Officers, who then contacted a Wildlife Center volunteer transporter. The eagle was rescued on March 6 and admitted to the Center later that day.

Latest Update: April 23, 2018

Bald Eagle #18-0132 was transferred to a large outdoor flight pen on April 19. The eagle has been behaving normally and appears to be regaining physical strength, but will be housed alone until the additional samples taken during the past week are fully analyzed and no signs of Avian Pox are found. On April 20, the eagle began a daily physical conditioning regimen and will continue to be exercised during the coming weeks.

On March 5, a private citizen from the Charlottesville area noticed a Bald Eagle with a drooping wing on the ground near a road. The incident was reported to local Animal Control Officers, who then contacted a Wildlife Center volunteer transporter. The eagle was rescued on March 6 and admitted to the Center later that day.

Latest Update: April 17, 2018

On April 8, Bald Eagle #18-0132 was transferred to an outdoor enclosure after successfully completing a week-long physical therapy regimen. Veterinary staff report that she is eating well, is bright and alert, and very feisty. During daily monitoring on April 12, one of the veterinary staff noted what appeared to be abnormal lesions on her beak, a possible symptom of Avian Pox. Pox is a naturally occurring virus in the wild transmitted by direct contact with infected surfaces, as well as mosquitoes.

On March 5, a private citizen from the Charlottesville area noticed a Bald Eagle with a drooping wing on the ground near a road. The incident was reported to local Animal Control Officers, who then contacted a Wildlife Center volunteer transporter. The eagle was rescued on March 6 and admitted to the Center later that day.

Latest Update: April 4, 2018

Bald Eagle #18-0132 recovered quickly while in the Center’s indoor holding area, and was transferred to a small outdoor enclosure on April 1. Veterinary staff noted significant improvement in the eagle’s ability to properly extend and rotate her right wing, and the stabilizing body wrap was permanently removed on April 3. The eagle will have her clinical signs monitored and receive daily physical therapy throughout the next week, and may be transferred to a larger outdoor enclosure after being reevaluated on April 10.

On March 5, a private citizen from the Charlottesville area noticed a Bald Eagle with a drooping wing on the ground near a road. The incident was reported to local Animal Control Officers, who then contacted a Wildlife Center volunteer transporter. The eagle was rescued on March 6 and admitted to the Center later that day.

Latest Update: March 26, 2018

On March 23, Bald Eagle #18-0132 was transferred to an outdoor flight pen to begin physical conditioning. During the first exercise session the following day, the eagle remained on the ground and did not attempt to fly. Radiographs that were taken on March 19 were re-evaluated, and closer inspection revealed soft-tissue swelling and a suspected fracture on the eagle’s right coracoid. A physical exam was performed, and the right shoulder showed an unusual amount of laxity. Dr.

On March 5, a private citizen from the Charlottesville area noticed a Bald Eagle with a drooping wing on the ground near a road. The incident was reported to local Animal Control Officers, who then contacted a Wildlife Center volunteer transporter. The eagle was rescued on March 6 and admitted to the Center later that day.

Latest Update: March 20, 2018

During the past week, Bald Eagle #18-0132’s condition has stabilized. On March 13, the veterinary staff took additional radiographs that confirmed earlier findings of internal trauma, but Dr. Monica noted a significant improvement in the eagle’s heart rate, breathing, and overall condition. On March 14, a small amount of tissue glue was applied to the eagle’s cracked talon and it was transferred to a small outdoor enclosure.

Black Bear cub #18-1089

On May 24, a Black Bear cub was found by the side of the road in Highland County. The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and were able to capture and transport the bear to the Wildlife Center.

Upon admission, Dr. Monica examined the small cub. There was blood coming from one of the bear’s hind legs; Dr. Monica found a significant laceration on the female cub’s back left leg, with exposed and ruptured muscle. Radiographs revealed fractures of the left tibia and femur. Blood work and a skin scraping were within normal limits. The bear weighed 2.18 kg.

Latest Update: July 3, 2018

On July 2, the veterinary team brought Black Bear cub #18-1089 into the hospital for an examination of the injured hind limb and bandage removal. The bear was sedated for the exam; Dr. Ingrid and veterinary technician intern Jenna found that the bear’s toe amputation site was clean and healing well. They decided to leave the bandage off and applied a protective silver spray to the small wound. The bear’s formerly fractured leg feels healed and stable, and the bear was cleared to be in the entire Large Mammal Isolation enclosure with the other 10 cubs.

On May 24, a Black Bear cub was found by the side of the road in Highland County. The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and were able to capture and transport the bear to the Wildlife Center.

Upon admission, Dr. Monica examined the small cub. There was blood coming from one of the bear’s hind legs; Dr. Monica found a significant laceration on the female cub’s back left leg, with exposed and ruptured muscle. Radiographs revealed fractures of the left tibia and femur. Blood work and a skin scraping were within normal limits. The bear weighed 2.18 kg.

Latest Update: June 22, 2018

On Friday, June 22, the veterinary team anesthetized Black Bear cub #18-1089 for follow-up radiographs and a bandage change. The team was pleased to find that the bear’s fractured leg is healing well; the femur has healed well and is very stable, and there is a solid callus formed on the tibia. The veterinarians decided to leave the splint off and re-bandaged the cub’s healing foot.

On May 24, a Black Bear cub was found by the side of the road in Highland County. The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and were able to capture and transport the bear to the Wildlife Center.

Upon admission, Dr. Monica examined the small cub. There was blood coming from one of the bear’s hind legs; Dr. Monica found a significant laceration on the female cub’s back left leg, with exposed and ruptured muscle. Radiographs revealed fractures of the left tibia and femur. Blood work and a skin scraping were within normal limits. The bear weighed 2.18 kg.

Latest Update: June 18, 2018

On June 17, the veterinary team anesthetized Black Bear cub #18-1089 for radiographs and a bandage change. The cub has been contained in a Zinger crate to limit her movement during the healing period, though the rehabilitation staff have reported that the cub has been a difficult patient, since she likes to knock over her water, which gets her bandage wet.

On May 24, a Black Bear cub was found by the side of the road in Highland County. The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and were able to capture and transport the bear to the Wildlife Center.

Upon admission, Dr. Monica examined the small cub. There was blood coming from one of the bear’s hind legs; Dr. Monica found a significant laceration on the female cub’s back left leg, with exposed and ruptured muscle. Radiographs revealed fractures of the left tibia and femur. Blood work and a skin scraping were within normal limits. The bear weighed 2.18 kg.

Latest Update: June 13, 2018

On June 6, Black Bear cub #18-1089 was moved to the vestibule of the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure. Due to the cub’s injuries and bandage, the young bear needs to remain in a Zinger crate until her leg is fully healed, but at least she is able to hear, see, and smell the other 10 cubs at the Center. Each day, the rehabilitation staff checks the bear’s bandage as they clean her crate and offer her a mush bowl twice a day. The bear is eating well and has gained weight.

On May 24, a Black Bear cub was found by the side of the road in Highland County. The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and were able to capture and transport the bear to the Wildlife Center.

Upon admission, Dr. Monica examined the small cub. There was blood coming from one of the bear’s hind legs; Dr. Monica found a significant laceration on the female cub’s back left leg, with exposed and ruptured muscle. Radiographs revealed fractures of the left tibia and femur. Blood work and a skin scraping were within normal limits. The bear weighed 2.18 kg.

Latest Update: June 4, 2018

The staff reports that the bear cub #18-1089 is feisty and eating well. On June 3, Dr. Monica was able to apply a hard cast to the cub’s fractured leg. To keep the hard cast clean, it’s covered with removable vet wrap that will likely need to be changed daily as it becomes dirty. The cast will remain on for three weeks, but the staff will take radiographs every week to check on the healing progress; radiographs can be taken through the cast.

On May 24, a Black Bear cub was found by the side of the road in Highland County. The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and were able to capture and transport the bear to the Wildlife Center.

Upon admission, Dr. Monica examined the small cub. There was blood coming from one of the bear’s hind legs; Dr. Monica found a significant laceration on the female cub’s back left leg, with exposed and ruptured muscle. Radiographs revealed fractures of the left tibia and femur. Blood work and a skin scraping were within normal limits. The bear weighed 2.18 kg.

Latest Update: May 28, 2018

The veterinary team has been closely monitoring Black Bear cub #18-1089’s bandage in the days since her admission. On Sunday, Dr. Monica anesthetized the cub so that she could check and clean the bear’s healing leg laceration; she also attempted fitting the cub with a custom cast. Unfortunately, the casting material didn’t set properly, so Dr. Monica replaced the bandage with a splint again, and another attempt will be made this week when new casting material comes in.

Hooded Merganser #18-0742

On May 9, a homeowner in Rockingham County saw a hawk flying over her backyard – with a duckling in its talons. The hawk dropped the young chick as it flew over the backyard and the homeowner was able to rescue the ducking. The bird was admitted to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: June 20, 2018

On June 7, rehabilitator Brie moved the Hooded Merganser duckling #18-0742 and Wood Duckling #18-0958 into a waterfowl rearing tub in one of the Center’s outdoor enclosures. The tub allowed the ducklings to swim freely and more frequently.

On May 9, a homeowner in Rockingham County saw a hawk flying over her backyard – with a duckling in its talons. The hawk dropped the young chick as it flew over the backyard and the homeowner was able to rescue the ducking. The bird was admitted to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: June 5, 2018

Hooded Merganser duckling #18-0742 has been doing well and growing; the duckling continues to gain weight and is now 125 grams. When the duckling’s buddy [Wood Duckling #18-0958] reaches 100 grams, the two ducklings will be moved to a waterfowl rearing tub in the outdoor aviary, where they can spend more time swimming.

 

On May 9, a homeowner in Rockingham County saw a hawk flying over her backyard – with a duckling in its talons. The hawk dropped the young chick as it flew over the backyard and the homeowner was able to rescue the ducking. The bird was admitted to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: May 25, 2018

Hooded Merganser #18-0742 is doing well; since being paired with its new Wood Duck friend [patient #18-0958], the little duckling has gained weight and is now 57 grams [increased from admission weight of 26 grams!]. The pair enjoys several short swim sessions each day; we managed to catch one recent swim on video!

Black Bear cubs #18-1315 and 1316

On June 6, the Wildlife Center admitted two orphaned cubs from Amherst County – Black Bear cubs #18-1315 and #18-1316.

Latest Update: June 12, 2018

Black Bear cubs #18-1315 [Double Yellow] and #18-1316 [Double Orange] are settling in at the Wildlife Center. The rehab team has been offering the bears a juvenile bear meal, which consists of soaked dog chow, fruits, and soft vegetables, as well as a “mush bowl” (a thickened formula made for bears). The cubs are reportedly more interested in their juvenile meal rather than their mush.

Black Bear cub #18-0933

On May 18, the Wildlife Center admitted a young Black Bear cub from Smyth County. The bear was reportedly found by a young man who was hiking earlier this week; the teenager picked up the cub and took it home. After a couple of days, the family called the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries because the bear was “mean”.

Latest Update: May 28, 2018

Last week, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries biologists received word that Black Bear cub #18-0933 had been kept for a longer period of time than originally reported; the family had the cub for at least a week, not two days. During that period, the cub bit multiple people, which had to be reported to the health department.

Black Bear cubs #18-0349 and #18-0350

On Thursday, April 12, a female bear was hit and killed while crossing the road in Franklin County, Virginia. She had two cubs with her, both of which were rescued by Virginia State Police. The cubs were taken to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center on the evening of Friday, April 13 and within a couple of hours were picked up and transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia by outreach coordinator Raina.

Latest Update: April 16, 2018

The four Black Bear cubs at the Center are all settling in well – wildlife rehabilitator Brie reports that all of the cubs have gained weight since their Friday admissions. Each set of sibling cubs is housed in a zinger crate, though all four cubs have been introduced to each other and have a supervised group play time at each feeding. 

The rehab team reports that Orange Tag and Green Tag are both bottle-feeding well; No Tag and Pink Tag don’t particularly care for the bottle but are very interested in their mush bowls [thickened formula and baby food].

Black Bear cubs #18-0345 & 18-0346

The 2018 Black Bear cub season started on Friday, April 13 – when the first two cubs of the year were admitted!

Latest Update: April 16, 2018

The four Black Bear cubs at the Center are all settling in well – wildlife rehabilitator Brie reports that all of the cubs have gained weight since their Friday admissions. Each set of sibling cubs is housed in a zinger crate, though all four cubs have been introduced to each other and have a supervised group play time at each feeding. 

The rehab team reports that Orange Tag and Green Tag are both bottle-feeding well; No Tag and Pink Tag don’t particularly care for the bottle but are very interested in their mush bowls [thickened formula and baby food].

Bald Eagle #18-2001

On July 14, an adult Bald Eagle was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Lake Anna in Louisa County. The bird reportedly fell from a tree; the eagle was initially taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator, who then transferred the bird to the Wildlife Center.

Eastern Ratsnake #18-1352

On June 7, a farmer in Augusta County found an adult Eastern Ratsnake in a chicken coop, and noticed that two “dummy” ceramic eggs were missing from the coop; ceramic eggs are commonly used to encourage chickens to lay eggs in specific nest boxes. The farmer suspected that the snake had ingested the artificial eggs by mistake and brought the snake to the Center the following day.

White-tailed Deer Fawns of 2018

 Each spring and summer, the Wildlife Center of Virginia admits dozens of White-tailed Deer fawns. The most common reasons fawns are admitted to the Center include injuries due to collisions with vehicles, dog attacks, lack of parental care (orphaned), and unintended “fawn-napping”.

Black Bear cubs #18-0497 & #18-0498

On April 25, two DGIF biologists responded to a bear cub call in Amherst County, Virginia. Two small cubs had been seen in a tree for more than 24 hours; the tree was beside a road with a sharp curve, and multiple people had stopped to look at the cubs. There was no sign of their mother in the area; a Conservation Police Officer recommended rescuing the cubs for both human and bear safety. One of the DGIF biologists was able to climb the tree to safely retrieve the two cubs. 

Black Bear cub #18-0383

On April 17, a man was driving home from work when he saw a young Black Bear cub sitting by the side of the road. He watched the cub for about an hour; there was no sign of the sow, but the cub kept approaching a flooded creek. After no signs of the sow, the rescuer picked up the cub and called the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. A biologist picked up the cub, and the young bear was transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia that same day.