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Black Bear cubs of 2019

In late April 2019, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2019. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2019 cubs will be released in the spring of 2020.

Latest Update: July 18, 2019

Despite the high temperatures, the two Black Bear cubs have been quite active in the Center’s Large Mammal Isolation enclosure lately! Critter Cam viewers have been able to capture the cubs using the ceiling of the enclosure like a set of monkey bars.

In late April 2019, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2019. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2019 cubs will be released in the spring of 2020.

Latest Update: July 1, 2019

The two Black Bear cubs are doing well in the Center’s Large Mammal enclosure; last week, the wildlife rehabilitation staff opened up the connecting chute between both sides of the enclosure, to allow the cubs to have access to both sides.

Construction crews have been working on Black Bear Complex repairs during the past month; they have been able to fix a broken pipe and several valves in the water system throughout the two-acre complex. There are still some additional plumbing issues to adjust in the next two weeks.

In late April 2019, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2019. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2019 cubs will be released in the spring of 2020.

Latest Update: June 24, 2019

Orange Tag continues to be a picky eater; the rehabilitation staff have continued to offer a wide variety of foods, and it appears that the cub typically eats novel food items, then loses interest the next time it is offered. 

On Saturday, Dr. Karra administered additional anti-nausea medication and an appetite stimulant. The bear has the full run of the right side of the Large Mammal enclosure but is still separate from the other two cubs so that he has full access to his food and so the rehabilitation staff can closely monitor all food intake.

In late April 2019, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2019. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2019 cubs will be released in the spring of 2020.

Latest Update: June 20, 2019

Orange Tag ate about 60% of his meal overnight; rather than eating the A/D again, he mostly ate baby food and canned dog food. The cub only lost 200 grams, and while the rehabilitation staff would prefer that the cub gain, 200 grams is a small loss. The rehabilitation team offered a variety of foods once again, this time adding baby food on top of the A/D diet. 

If the cub's appetite decreases again, the staff will order more anti-nausea medications, along with an appetite stimulant. 

In late April 2019, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2019. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2019 cubs will be released in the spring of 2020.

Latest Update: June 19, 2019

Wildlife rehabilitation intern Kylee reported that Orange Tag ate his second meal of A/D during the day on June 18. For the evening feeding, she offered more A/D, plus a mush bowl. On the morning of June 19, wildlife rehabilitator Shannon found that the cub had eaten about half of the A/D, but showed no interest in the mush bowl. The cub is feisty and bluff charging the rehabilitation staff as normal.

In late April 2019, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2019. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2019 cubs will be released in the spring of 2020.

Latest Update: June 18, 2019

On the afternoon of June 17, Dr. Karra anesthetized Black Bear cub #19-1176 [Orange Tag] for radiographs and an ultrasound to see if any abdominal masses or obstruction could be seen. The small bear cub was extremely feisty before anesthesia – even though the cub has not been eating the past few days, he is not acting sick.

In late April 2019, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2019. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2019 cubs will be released in the spring of 2020.

Latest Update: June 17, 2019

Rehabilitators Shannon and Kylee assessed Black Bear cub Orange Tag this morning and found that, once again, he did not eat last night’s food. He did gain a small amount of weight but generally was not interested in today’s food either, which is highly unusual.

In late April 2019, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2019. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2019 cubs will be released in the spring of 2020.

Latest Update: June 17, 2019

The trio of Black Bear cubs have been entertaining a variety of Critter Cam viewers. They appear to enjoy sleeping in their hammock but often wake up for wild play sessions throughout the day. Orange Tag has been playing and sleeping with his new sisters, though the two larger females are typically first to arrive at the mush bowls once they are delivered. The staff have been carefully monitoring the cubs’ food intake.

In late April 2019, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2019. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2019 cubs will be released in the spring of 2020.

Latest Update: June 10, 2019

Black Bear cub Orange Tag has been recovering from his forehead laceration; wildlife rehabilitator Shannon noted that the wound looked a little open over the weekend, though it appears as though it was a small area and no additional sutures were needed. Dr. Karra carefully applied a topical ointment to prevent flystrike.

In late April 2019, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2019. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until next spring, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. The 2019 cubs will be released in the spring of 2020.

Latest Update: June 7, 2019

The two Black Bear Cub sisters [No Tag and White Tag] are currently being fed just once a day; each cub gets a mush bowl, plus a shared “juvenile” bear meal that weighs six pounds! The juvenile meal contains fruits, veggies, seeds, greens, and dog food. The rehabilitation team reports that the two sisters are doing well and remain quite wild and feisty. The cubs are still being treated with a topical antifungal spray, though this treatment is increasingly difficult.

Bald Eagle #19-1560

On Wednesday, June 12, an adult Bald Eagle reportedly "fell from the sky" at a landfill in Campbell County. A conservation police officer was able to respond to the scene and transported the eagle to the Wildlife Center that same night.

Latest Update: July 18, 2019

Bald Eagle #19-1560 has been flying well during daily exercise, though recent high heat and humidity have made it difficult to push the eagle each day. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelsey feels that the eagle is flying well and should soon be able to be released. She’s contacting the state eagle biologist to see if he’d like to place a GPS transmitter on this eagle prior to release.

On Wednesday, June 12, an adult Bald Eagle reportedly "fell from the sky" at a landfill in Campbell County. A conservation police officer was able to respond to the scene and transported the eagle to the Wildlife Center that same night.

Latest Update: July 2, 2019

Bald Eagle #19-1560 finished her course of lead treatment late last week; a follow-up lead analysis on June 30 revealed a “low” level, indicating that the oral treatment successfully removed lead from the bird’s system. The eagle was moved to FP4 following her diagnostic test, and on July 2, was moved to flight pen A3. 

On Wednesday, June 12, an adult Bald Eagle reportedly "fell from the sky" at a landfill in Campbell County. A conservation police officer was able to respond to the scene and transported the eagle to the Wildlife Center that same night.

Latest Update: June 26, 2019

Bald Eagle #19-1560 continued to make improvements in the week following her admission and by June 19, was cleared to move to a small outdoor enclosure.

Bald Eagle #19-1666

On June 15, a mature Bald Eagle was found down on the ground fighting with another eagle at the King George County landfill. The eagle was rescued and taken to the Wild Bunch Wildlife Rehabilitation for treatment. The eagle was banded and was wearing a transmitter, which was reported to Conservation Science Global, Inc.

Latest Update: July 18, 2019

Bald Eagle #19-1666 has been doing well in the A3 flight pen during the past couple of weeks. The rehabilitation team notes that the eagle has been flying well during daily exercise when they have been able to effectively exercise her; the recent high heat and humidity combined with the presence of four eagles in the flight space have been challenging! Wildlife rehabilitator Kelsey feels that the eagle is flying well, and given no substantial injuries were noted on admission, thinks that the Bald Eagle can soon be released.

On June 15, a mature Bald Eagle was found down on the ground fighting with another eagle at the King George County landfill. The eagle was rescued and taken to the Wild Bunch Wildlife Rehabilitation for treatment. The eagle was banded and was wearing a transmitter, which was reported to Conservation Science Global, Inc.

Latest Update: July 2, 2019

Bald Eagle #19-1666 finished her course of oral lead treatment last week and had a follow-up blood draw and lead analysis test on June 29. Results came back “low”, indicating that the oral medication had successfully treated the small amount of lead in the bird’s system. The eagle was moved to the A3 flight pen on June 30, and joined fellow Bald Eagles #19-0031, #19-1013, and #19-1678.

On June 15, a mature Bald Eagle was found down on the ground fighting with another eagle at the King George County landfill. The eagle was rescued and taken to the Wild Bunch Wildlife Rehabilitation for treatment. The eagle was banded and was wearing a transmitter, which was reported to Conservation Science Global, Inc.

Latest Update: June 25, 2019

Bald Eagle #19-1666 has been increasingly feisty since her admission; the eagle is very bitey and difficult to hold during daily treatments! A follow-up lead test revealed a slightly decreasing lead level of 0.134 ppm.

After recent discussion, the veterinarians decided to administer an oral lead treatment for birds with a “subclinical” level of lead. The oral treatment is easier on a bird’s kidneys than the injectable chelation therapy that “clinical” lead birds receive and should further help the recovery of eagles at the Center.

Bog Turtle #19-0945

On May 13, an adult male Bog Turtle was found by a road in southwest Virginia. The turtle was taken to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke to be stabilized and was transferred to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: July 10, 2019

Last week, Dr. Peach coordinated the release of Bog Turtle #19-0945 with biologists from the National Park Service and Virginia Tech who are researching this species of threatened turtle. On Monday, July 9, the turtle was returned to a wetland in his initial area of rescue. Thanks to the biologists for providing photos and video of the release!

On May 13, an adult male Bog Turtle was found by a road in southwest Virginia. The turtle was taken to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke to be stabilized and was transferred to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: July 2, 2019

On June 27, the veterinary team checked the bars on Bog Turtle #19-0945’s shell, and determined that the shell fracture had healed nicely, and that the bars could be removed. On July 1, a blood sample was drawn for analysis; the technician team found that blood work was within normal limits, and the staff could start planning for the turtle’s release.

The staff will coordinate the release with the biologist and Virginia Tech professor who were involved with this turtle’s rescue and transportation.

On May 13, an adult male Bog Turtle was found by a road in southwest Virginia. The turtle was taken to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke to be stabilized and was transferred to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: June 25, 2019

Bog Turtle #19-0945 has been doing well while recovering from his shell fracture; the turtle is alert and eating well. Each week, the Center veterinarians check the turtle’s fracture and stabilizing bars. If the fracture appears to be healed at the weekly check on June 27, the veterinary team may remove some or all of the bars.

On May 13, an adult male Bog Turtle was found by a road in southwest Virginia. The turtle was taken to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke to be stabilized and was transferred to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: June 7, 2019

Bog Turtle #19-0945 is healing well; the veterinary team has been happy to report that the turtle’s bars are intact and stable, and there has been no sign of infection at the site of the shell fractures. Last week, the rehabilitation staff introduced the turtle to a “boggier” enclosure; since the wounds are healing well, the turtle could be moved from a newspaper-based substrate to a more natural damp bark and water substrate.

Great Horned Owlet #19-0341

On April 10, a Great Horned Owlet #19-0341 and its nest mate, owlet #19-0340, were transferred from a permitted wildlife rehabilitator to the Wildlife Center. Private citizens found the owlets after they fell from their nest.

Upon admission, the veterinary staff auscultated [listened to] the owlet’s heart and lungs and heard a heart murmur and crackles in the lungs.  Heart murmurs are not unremarkable in young birds, but it will need to be monitored. Crackles in the lungs indicate possible trauma or fluid in the lungs, though nothing unusual was identified on radiographs.

Latest Update: July 8, 2019

Great Horned Owlets #19-0223 and #19-0341, along with surrogate owl Papa G’Ho, were returned to their A2 flight enclosure on the morning of July 8. Last week, the staff were able to determine exactly where a raccoon was entering and exiting the flight enclosure, and several repairs and reinforcements were made. After the repairs were finished, the rehab staff set live traps in the A1 and A2 flight enclosure again to ensure that the raccoon was no longer able to get in. After multiple nights of not trapping anything, they determined it was safe to use the flight enclosures again.

On April 10, a Great Horned Owlet #19-0341 and its nest mate, owlet #19-0340, were transferred from a permitted wildlife rehabilitator to the Wildlife Center. Private citizens found the owlets after they fell from their nest.

Upon admission, the veterinary staff auscultated [listened to] the owlet’s heart and lungs and heard a heart murmur and crackles in the lungs.  Heart murmurs are not unremarkable in young birds, but it will need to be monitored. Crackles in the lungs indicate possible trauma or fluid in the lungs, though nothing unusual was identified on radiographs.

Latest Update: June 6, 2019

The three Great Horned Owlets have been doing very well in the outdoor flight pen with Papa G’Ho.

Following a foot and feather check on June 3, wildlife rehabilitator Kelsey determined that the owl family could move to a larger space – one of the Center’s longest and tallest flight pens. In this space, the owlets will be able to practice flying as they get older, and the large birds will have more space to spread out and explore.

On April 10, a Great Horned Owlet #19-0341 and its nest mate, owlet #19-0340, were transferred from a permitted wildlife rehabilitator to the Wildlife Center. Private citizens found the owlets after they fell from their nest.

Upon admission, the veterinary staff auscultated [listened to] the owlet’s heart and lungs and heard a heart murmur and crackles in the lungs.  Heart murmurs are not unremarkable in young birds, but it will need to be monitored. Crackles in the lungs indicate possible trauma or fluid in the lungs, though nothing unusual was identified on radiographs.

Latest Update: May 29, 2019

The owl family has been doing well during the past few weeks; the young owlets are increasingly active and have been exploring their flight pen.

On April 10, a Great Horned Owlet #19-0341 and its nest mate, owlet #19-0340, were transferred from a permitted wildlife rehabilitator to the Wildlife Center. Private citizens found the owlets after they fell from their nest.

Upon admission, the veterinary staff auscultated [listened to] the owlet’s heart and lungs and heard a heart murmur and crackles in the lungs.  Heart murmurs are not unremarkable in young birds, but it will need to be monitored. Crackles in the lungs indicate possible trauma or fluid in the lungs, though nothing unusual was identified on radiographs.

Latest Update: May 2, 2019

Great Horned Owlet #19-0341 is doing well and gaining weight -- the owl weighed 1.1 kilograms as of April 29.  On April 26, the rehabilitation began acclimating the owlet outside; each morning, the bird’s crate was moved into a flight pen with the Center’s surrogate Great Horned Owl Papa G’Ho and the two other owlets currently in his care [owlets #19-0148 and

Great Horned Owlet #19-0223

On March 10, a young Great Horned Owl was found in Virginia Beach and was taken to Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation, a local permitted wildlife rehabilitation group. On March 29, the bird was transferred to the Wildlife Center so that the young bird could continue to grow up with an adult Great Horned Owl – surrogate Papa G’Ho.

Latest Update: July 8, 2019

Great Horned Owlets #19-0223 and #19-0341, along with surrogate owl Papa G’Ho, were returned to their A2 flight enclosure on the morning of July 8. Last week, the staff were able to determine exactly where a raccoon was entering and exiting the flight enclosure, and several repairs and reinforcements were made. After the repairs were finished, the rehab staff set live traps in the A1 and A2 flight enclosure again to ensure that the raccoon was no longer able to get in. After multiple nights of not trapping anything, they determined it was safe to use the flight enclosures again.

On March 10, a young Great Horned Owl was found in Virginia Beach and was taken to Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation, a local permitted wildlife rehabilitation group. On March 29, the bird was transferred to the Wildlife Center so that the young bird could continue to grow up with an adult Great Horned Owl – surrogate Papa G’Ho.

Latest Update: June 6, 2019

The three Great Horned Owlets have been doing very well in the outdoor flight pen with Papa G’Ho.

Following a foot and feather check on June 3, wildlife rehabilitator Kelsey determined that the owl family could move to a larger space – one of the Center’s longest and tallest flight pens. In this space, the owlets will be able to practice flying as they get older, and the large birds will have more space to spread out and explore.

On March 10, a young Great Horned Owl was found in Virginia Beach and was taken to Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation, a local permitted wildlife rehabilitation group. On March 29, the bird was transferred to the Wildlife Center so that the young bird could continue to grow up with an adult Great Horned Owl – surrogate Papa G’Ho.

Latest Update: May 29, 2019

The owl family has been doing well during the past few weeks; the young owlets are increasingly active and have been exploring their flight pen.

On March 10, a young Great Horned Owl was found in Virginia Beach and was taken to Nature's Nanny Wildlife Rehabilitation, a local permitted wildlife rehabilitation group. On March 29, the bird was transferred to the Wildlife Center so that the young bird could continue to grow up with an adult Great Horned Owl – surrogate Papa G’Ho.

Latest Update: May 2, 2019

Since moving to an outdoor enclosure, Great Horned Owlets #19-0148 and #19-0223 have been doing well. The two birds have been in a flight pen with surrogate Great Horned Owl Papa G’Ho since April 8. In this time, both owlets have gained weight; owlet #19-0148 now weighs 1.44 kg and #19-0223 weighs 1.12 kg.

The owlets are wearing temporary colored leg bands to identify them while they are housed together. Owlet #19-0223 is wearing a blue band and owlet #19-0148 is wearing a yellow band.

Bald Eagle #19-1013

On May 19, the Wildlife Center of Virginia admitted an immature Bald Eagle from Accomack County. The bird was seen standing on a woodpile for an extended amount of time; rescuers noted that the bird was often hanging his head and appeared to be unable to fly. The bird was captured and taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator before a registered volunteer transporter drove the eagle to the Center.

Latest Update: July 2, 2019

Bald Eaglet #19-1013 has been doing well in the A3 flight enclosure during the past few weeks, and has been joined by several other recovering eagle patients! As of July 1, the Center is caring for six Bald Eagle patients; young Bald Eagle #19-1013 currently has the advantage of a fellow eaglet “nestmate” as well as two adult Bald Eagles. Check out Critter Cam 3 – we alternate between showing “Eagle Cam” and “Owl Cam”!

Bald Eagle #19-1678

On June 17, a private citizen in Poquoson, Virginia saw an immature Bald Eagle on the ground and called the local police department. An officer went to the rescue location and called local permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher, who in turn, called a local registered volunteer transporter who regularly makes trips between Hampton Roads and the Wildlife Center. The eagle sat on a bench before it hopped off and was able to be captured.

Latest Update: July 2, 2019

Bald Eagle #19-1678 has been in the raptor tower portion of the A3 flight enclosure for the past week; though the doors of this balcony area were opened late last week, the young eaglet has not yet “fledged” from his nesting area. The other eagles in the enclosure have been seen visiting and calling to the young bird.

On June 17, a private citizen in Poquoson, Virginia saw an immature Bald Eagle on the ground and called the local police department. An officer went to the rescue location and called local permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher, who in turn, called a local registered volunteer transporter who regularly makes trips between Hampton Roads and the Wildlife Center. The eagle sat on a bench before it hopped off and was able to be captured.

Latest Update: June 24, 2019

As of June 19, just two days after admission, Bald Eaglet #19-1678’s heart rate was within normal limits again. The eagle generally became brighter and more alert in the week following its admission and began eating and gaining weight. The staff and students noted that the eagle was bearing weight equally on both legs, and by June 21, there was no swelling noted on the eaglet’s right leg.

Bald Eagle #19-1573

On June 13, an adult Bald Eagle was rescued in Accomack County. The bird was found eating in a ditch near a poultry processing plant and was unable to fly away. A local wildlife rehabilitator rescued the eagle; although the bird was unable to fly, it was feisty and mobile, and the rehabilitator had to chase the grounded bird through briars to rescue it. Once the eagle was captured, the rehabilitator transferred the bird to the Wildlife Center for assessment and treatment.

Latest Update: June 28, 2019

On the morning of June 28, Dr. Karra bathed Bald Eagle #19-1573 with help from veterinary technician Jess and rehabilitation intern Kylee. Using a Dawn dish soap solution, Dr. Karra scrubbed the eagle’s feather with a toothbrush; at the end of the lengthy process, the feathers were mostly clean but there were still some areas with the sticky substance. They placed the eagle into a cage with a fan to blow dry the eagle’s feathers before moving the bird back outside to an outdoor enclosure.

Barn Owlets 2019

On April 22, five Barn Owl hatchlings [#19-0522, #19-0523, #19-0524, #19-0525, and #19-0526] were admitted to the Wildlife Center. The hatchlings were accidently loaded into a semi-truck full of hay in Casa Grande, Arizona and were found while unloading the truck in Crozet, Virginia. Barn Owls are a native species in Virginia, but because these Barn Owls were from out-of-state, the Wildlife Center needed to obtain permission from DGIF to rehabilitate the birds; the Center was given permission to rehabilitate the five young birds, a process which will take several months.

Latest Update: June 28, 2019

On June 7, the veterinary team took radiographs of Barn Owlet #19-0524’s fractured leg. The leg appeared to be healing well, and Dr. Karra decided to begin removing the stabilizing hardware from the leg – a process that continues over the course of three weeks during the weekly radiograph assessments. She cut the IM pin (but did not remove), which is the first step of destabilizing; this forces the bone to bear more of the load, encouraging healing.

On April 22, five Barn Owl hatchlings [#19-0522, #19-0523, #19-0524, #19-0525, and #19-0526] were admitted to the Wildlife Center. The hatchlings were accidently loaded into a semi-truck full of hay in Casa Grande, Arizona and were found while unloading the truck in Crozet, Virginia. Barn Owls are a native species in Virginia, but because these Barn Owls were from out-of-state, the Wildlife Center needed to obtain permission from DGIF to rehabilitate the birds; the Center was given permission to rehabilitate the five young birds, a process which will take several months.

Latest Update: June 6, 2019

The family of five Barn Owlets are growing and eating on their own. The owlets have gained weight  and become more active in their enclosure; on May 23, the rehabilitation team moved the family to a larger flight pen.

Unfortunately, Barn Owlet #19-0524 fractured its left leg in mid-May while still in the smaller outdoor pen. It’s possible the bird injured itself just as it was becoming more mobile and experimenting with flying in the outdoor pen. 

Peregrine Falcon #19-0940

On May 14, a Peregrine Falcon chick fledged from its nest on the Benjamin Harrison Bridge in Prince George County and hit the road beneath the nest. Two cars drove over the young falcon without contact; the falcon was in the road for about 45 minutes before a registered transporter was able to successfully rescue the bird.

Latest Update: June 27, 2019

Peregrine Falcon #19-0940 has been doing well at the Center; the bird has been eating well and growing in flight feathers for the past few weeks.

On May 14, a Peregrine Falcon chick fledged from its nest on the Benjamin Harrison Bridge in Prince George County and hit the road beneath the nest. Two cars drove over the young falcon without contact; the falcon was in the road for about 45 minutes before a registered transporter was able to successfully rescue the bird.

Latest Update: May 29, 2019

On May 28, Dr. Peach took follow-up radiograph of Peregrine Falcon #19-0940 to check on the bird’s healing keel fracture. She found that the injury was healed and stable, and placed the falcon in a C-pen enclosure. In this area, the bird has room to make short flights and hops, and will gradually be able to be more active.

The falcon has been eating more readily on its own since the bandage was removed last week. 

On May 14, a Peregrine Falcon chick fledged from its nest on the Benjamin Harrison Bridge in Prince George County and hit the road beneath the nest. Two cars drove over the young falcon without contact; the falcon was in the road for about 45 minutes before a registered transporter was able to successfully rescue the bird.

Latest Update: May 22, 2019

Peregrine Falcon #19-0940 has remained stable during the past week. Each day, the veterinary team monitors the bird’s respiratory rate along with its lung sounds. For the most part, the falcon has been breathing normally; occasionally the bird has an increased respiratory rate, but the lung and air sac sounds have been within normal limits, indicating that the ruptured air sac is not causing additional problems for the falcon.

Black Bear #19-1419

On Friday, June 7, the Wildlife Center admitted a young adult male Black Bear from Rappahannock County. The bear had signs of severe mange and was able to be trapped and transported by a biologist with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Latest Update: June 24, 2019

On Friday, June 21, Dr. Peach sedated and anesthetized Black Bear #19-1419 for a two-week post-admission follow-up. Dr. Peach was happy to report that the bear is now negative for any live or dead mange mites. The bear is eating and gaining weight and now weighs 30.30 kg. The bear will be anesthetized in four weeks for another recheck; if all is well at that examination, the bear will be moved to the Bear Complex.

Black Bear cub #19-0546 [No Tag]

On April 22, a citizen in Augusta County saw a Black Bear cub by itself but did not interfere. When the lone cub was spotted the following evening, the citizen contacted the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, who came and picked up the cub. On the afternoon of April 24, DGIF officials brought the cub to the Wildlife Center.  

Latest Update: May 31, 2019

The Black Bear cub “sisters” are growing up! At this week’s weigh-in,  No Tag was 5.2 kg, and White Tag was unable to be picked up for weighing. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelsey reported that the two are very feisty and have zero interest in humans; she and fellow rehabilitator Shannon decided that since both cubs are more than 5.0 kg and very difficult to handle, they won't be weighed until they are fully weaned and ready to go to the Complex. White Tag has been very protective of her smaller introduced sister.

On April 22, a citizen in Augusta County saw a Black Bear cub by itself but did not interfere. When the lone cub was spotted the following evening, the citizen contacted the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, who came and picked up the cub. On the afternoon of April 24, DGIF officials brought the cub to the Wildlife Center.  

Latest Update: May 22, 2019

The two Black Bear cubs are doing well in the Large Mammal enclosure, as many Critter Cam viewers have seen for themselves!

On April 22, a citizen in Augusta County saw a Black Bear cub by itself but did not interfere. When the lone cub was spotted the following evening, the citizen contacted the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, who came and picked up the cub. On the afternoon of April 24, DGIF officials brought the cub to the Wildlife Center.  

Latest Update: May 15, 2019

On the afternoon of May 14, the two Black Bear cubs were moved to the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure – and are now on cam! Check out Critter Cam 2 to watch Cub Cam.

On April 22, a citizen in Augusta County saw a Black Bear cub by itself but did not interfere. When the lone cub was spotted the following evening, the citizen contacted the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, who came and picked up the cub. On the afternoon of April 24, DGIF officials brought the cub to the Wildlife Center.  

Latest Update: May 13, 2019

The two Black Bear cub "sisters" are doing well; wildlife rehabilitator Shannon recorded a couple of video clips during a recent playtime. The cubs are more quiet and wary than past cubs – while the two enjoy playing with one another, they’re always careful to keep a watchful eye on the humans who are present.

On April 22, a citizen in Augusta County saw a Black Bear cub by itself but did not interfere. When the lone cub was spotted the following evening, the citizen contacted the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, who came and picked up the cub. On the afternoon of April 24, DGIF officials brought the cub to the Wildlife Center.  

Latest Update: May 10, 2019

Black Bear cubs #19-0492 and #19-0546 [Pink] are both growing quickly; they’re eating “mush bowls” three times a day and are gaining weight. At last weigh-in, #19-0492 weighed 4.20 kg and #19-0546 [Pink] was 3.11 kg.

On April 22, a citizen in Augusta County saw a Black Bear cub by itself but did not interfere. When the lone cub was spotted the following evening, the citizen contacted the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, who came and picked up the cub. On the afternoon of April 24, DGIF officials brought the cub to the Wildlife Center.  

Latest Update: May 1, 2019

The two Black Bear cubs -- #19-0492 and #19-0546 – are both doing well and enjoying each other’s company. Both have gained weight since arrival and are eating well; #19-0492 prefers to eat her thickened formula out of a bowl, instead of a bottle and weighs 2.95 kg. The newer bear has been bottle-feeding well though within the past couple days, is transitioning to bowl feeding as well. The cubs are becoming more active, according to the rehab staff.

Black Bear cub #19-0492 [White Tag]

The 2019 Black Bear cub season started on Friday, April 19 with the arrival of cub #19-0492!

Latest Update: May 31, 2019

The Black Bear cub “sisters” are growing up! At this week’s weigh-in,  No Tag was 5.2 kg, and White Tag was unable to be picked up for weighing. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelsey reported that the two are very feisty and have zero interest in humans; she and fellow rehabilitator Shannon decided that since both cubs are more than 5.0 kg and very difficult to handle, they won't be weighed until they are fully weaned and ready to go to the Complex. White Tag has been very protective of her smaller introduced sister.

The 2019 Black Bear cub season started on Friday, April 19 with the arrival of cub #19-0492!

Latest Update: May 22, 2019

The two Black Bear cubs are doing well in the Large Mammal enclosure, as many Critter Cam viewers have seen for themselves!

The 2019 Black Bear cub season started on Friday, April 19 with the arrival of cub #19-0492!

Latest Update: May 15, 2019

On the afternoon of May 14, the two Black Bear cubs were moved to the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure – and are now on cam! Check out Critter Cam 2 to watch Cub Cam.

The 2019 Black Bear cub season started on Friday, April 19 with the arrival of cub #19-0492!

Latest Update: May 13, 2019

The two Black Bear cub "sisters" are doing well; wildlife rehabilitator Shannon recorded a couple of video clips during a recent playtime. The cubs are more quiet and wary than past cubs – while the two enjoy playing with one another, they’re always careful to keep a watchful eye on the humans who are present.

The 2019 Black Bear cub season started on Friday, April 19 with the arrival of cub #19-0492!

Latest Update: May 10, 2019

Black Bear cubs #19-0492 and #19-0546 [Pink] are both growing quickly; they’re eating “mush bowls” three times a day and are gaining weight. At last weigh-in, #19-0492 weighed 4.20 kg and #19-0546 [Pink] was 3.11 kg.

The 2019 Black Bear cub season started on Friday, April 19 with the arrival of cub #19-0492!

Latest Update: May 1, 2019

The two Black Bear cubs -- #19-0492 and #19-0546 – are both doing well and enjoying each other’s company. Both have gained weight since arrival and are eating well; #19-0492 prefers to eat her thickened formula out of a bowl, instead of a bottle and weighs 2.95 kg. The newer bear has been bottle-feeding well though within the past couple days, is transitioning to bowl feeding as well. The cubs are becoming more active, according to the rehab staff.