Current Patients

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: 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!

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: 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 yearling #18-0624

On May 2, a male yearling Black Bear was admitted to the Center from Alleghany County. The bear had been seen wandering around for several days; he appeared weak and lethargic.

Latest Update: May 23, 2018

Black Bear yearling #18-0624 has improved during the past week; the wildlife rehabilitation team reports that the bear is much brighter in the Bear Pen enclosure and is eating well. The bear is scheduled for follow-up radiographs and additional diagnostics, including an electrocardiogram, on May 31. The team hopes to see improvements in the bear’s heart rate.

On May 2, a male yearling Black Bear was admitted to the Center from Alleghany County. The bear had been seen wandering around for several days; he appeared weak and lethargic.

Latest Update: May 15, 2018

During the past ten days, Black Bear yearling #18-0624’s condition has stabilized, but the bear has remained quiet and has not gained much weight – he weighed 5.70 kg as of May 12.

Bald Eagle #18-0223

On March 29, an officer with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries picked up and transported a mature Bald Eagle that was found in Essex County. The eagle was down on the ground, and likely had been in a fight with another eagle.

Latest Update: May 23, 2018

On May 14, Bald Eagle #18-0223 was moved to flight pen A1 for the next phase of her rehabilitation. After settling in for a couple of days, the eagle started a daily exercise regimen; the rehab staff started with a goal of just five passes each day. The eagle is struggling to maintain altitude at this point but likely needs time and practice to regain strength and stamina after her injury.

On March 29, an officer with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries picked up and transported a mature Bald Eagle that was found in Essex County. The eagle was down on the ground, and likely had been in a fight with another eagle.

Latest Update: May 11, 2018

Bald Eagle #18-0223 has been healing slowly during the past few weeks; the bird’s leg wound continues to improve, though it is taking some time to fully close.

This week, the eagle was the subject of a special eagle research project; the Center is participating in this project with researchers from Purdue University. Click here to learn more about this research.

On March 29, an officer with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries picked up and transported a mature Bald Eagle that was found in Essex County. The eagle was down on the ground, and likely had been in a fight with another eagle.

Latest Update: April 23, 2018

During the past two weeks, Bald Eagle #18-0223 has received two more series of radiographs to check on the progress of her healing shoulder fracture. The radiographs taken on April 12 indicated that the eagle needed additional time in her body wrap in a small restricted space. On April 19, the veterinary team was pleased to find that the eagle had a stable callus on her fractured coracoid. The veterinarians also noted that the eagle’s leg laceration, which was present on admission, had opened once the scab over the wound fell off.

On March 29, an officer with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries picked up and transported a mature Bald Eagle that was found in Essex County. The eagle was down on the ground, and likely had been in a fight with another eagle.

Latest Update: April 10, 2018

On April 5, the veterinary team took follow-up radiographs on Bald Eagle #18-0223 to check on the bird’s shoulder fractures. The coracoid injury was stable, and there were noted signs of improvements in the bird’s lungs. A repeat lead test showed that the bird’s lead levels were reduced after the oral chelation; one more lead test will be performed in mid-April.

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: 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 ... 

 

 

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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

Snapping Turtle #18-0557

On the afternoon of April 28, front-desk coordinator Maggie received a phone call about an injured Snapping Turtle in Albemarle County. The large injured turtle was in a ditch near the road; the caller was unable to assist it. Maggie stopped by the location on her way home from work and was able to successfully contain the turtle; she admitted it to the Center the following day.

Latest Update: May 17, 2018

Snapping Turtle #18-0557’s injuries are slowly healing. On May 11, the turtle was moved to a larger water tub in the hallway of the Center’s aviary; this area is outside, yet protected and has plenty of space for a water filtration system to keep the turtle’s tub clean. Managing wounds on aquatic turtles can be difficult; the turtles often feel safer in deeper water, though wounds can be more difficult to treat and keep clean in an aquatic environment.

Common Snapping Turtle #17-2211

On August 26, the Wildlife Center admitted a Snapping Turtle from Spotsylvania County. Snapping Turtle #17-2211 was rescued by animal control after it was observed with  fishing line coming out of its mouth.
 
During the initial exam, radiographs revealed two fishing hooks in the turtle: one in the esophagus and one in the gastrointestinal tract, likely within the stomach. The veterinary team performed an endoscopy to remove the fish hook from the esophagus, but the hook in the stomach could not be removed using this technique.
 
Latest Update: May 10, 2018

On May 5, veterinary fellow Dr. Peach released Snapping Turtle #17-2211 at the turtle’s initial rescue site – a pond in Spotsylvania County. Dr. Peach reported that the turtle shifted to the rear of the transport crate during the trip, and she had to reach in to the pull the turtle out; but once the turtle felt the grass under her feet, she quickly scurried to the water.

On August 26, the Wildlife Center admitted a Snapping Turtle from Spotsylvania County. Snapping Turtle #17-2211 was rescued by animal control after it was observed with  fishing line coming out of its mouth.
 
During the initial exam, radiographs revealed two fishing hooks in the turtle: one in the esophagus and one in the gastrointestinal tract, likely within the stomach. The veterinary team performed an endoscopy to remove the fish hook from the esophagus, but the hook in the stomach could not be removed using this technique.
 
Latest Update: April 18, 2018

On April 12, the veterinary team repeated radiographs on Snapping Turtle #17-2211 to check on the fish hook that is lodged at the base of the turtle’s esophagus. Dr. Ernesto is happy to report that the fish hook has decreased in size, meaning it’s slowly dissolving. The turtle has had a strong appetite and is feisty when handled; she shows no signs of toxicity from the disintegrating hook, and blood work has been unremarkable. While the turtle could be released and live well in the wild with the fish hook as it’s currently positioned, it’s preferable to see the hook dissolve.

On August 26, the Wildlife Center admitted a Snapping Turtle from Spotsylvania County. Snapping Turtle #17-2211 was rescued by animal control after it was observed with  fishing line coming out of its mouth.
 
During the initial exam, radiographs revealed two fishing hooks in the turtle: one in the esophagus and one in the gastrointestinal tract, likely within the stomach. The veterinary team performed an endoscopy to remove the fish hook from the esophagus, but the hook in the stomach could not be removed using this technique.
 
Latest Update: April 9, 2018

On March 29, the veterinary staff brought Snapping Turtle #17-2211 into the clinic for a quick exam and routine blood work. The turtle is in good condition and was feisty during her exam. She has been eating well and has gained nearly one kilogram in weight since admission.

On August 26, the Wildlife Center admitted a Snapping Turtle from Spotsylvania County. Snapping Turtle #17-2211 was rescued by animal control after it was observed with  fishing line coming out of its mouth.
 
During the initial exam, radiographs revealed two fishing hooks in the turtle: one in the esophagus and one in the gastrointestinal tract, likely within the stomach. The veterinary team performed an endoscopy to remove the fish hook from the esophagus, but the hook in the stomach could not be removed using this technique.
 
Latest Update: January 30, 2018

During the past several months in the Wildlife Center’s care, Snapping Turtle #17-2211 has been steadily healing and improving. The turtle is housed in the temperature-controlled Reptile Room and swims in a tub with a saltwater solution that helps prevent infection in the plastron wound as it heals.

The turtle’s appetite has been strong, and her attitude is bright. The veterinary and rehabilitation staff anticipate seeing continued improvement in the turtle during the remaining winter and early spring months.

On August 26, the Wildlife Center admitted a Snapping Turtle from Spotsylvania County. Snapping Turtle #17-2211 was rescued by animal control after it was observed with  fishing line coming out of its mouth.
 
During the initial exam, radiographs revealed two fishing hooks in the turtle: one in the esophagus and one in the gastrointestinal tract, likely within the stomach. The veterinary team performed an endoscopy to remove the fish hook from the esophagus, but the hook in the stomach could not be removed using this technique.
 
Latest Update: September 12, 2017

Snapping Turtle #17-2211 has been doing well post-surgery. On September 11, Drs. Ernesto and Alexa applied an acrylic epoxy to the turtle’s surgical site; the epoxy will protect the shell where it was cut open during surgery, and allow the staff to soak the turtle. Snapping Turtles, like most aquatic turtles, have better appetites and increased hydration when they are allowed to eat in water.

On August 26, the Wildlife Center admitted a Snapping Turtle from Spotsylvania County. Snapping Turtle #17-2211 was rescued by animal control after it was observed with  fishing line coming out of its mouth.
 
During the initial exam, radiographs revealed two fishing hooks in the turtle: one in the esophagus and one in the gastrointestinal tract, likely within the stomach. The veterinary team performed an endoscopy to remove the fish hook from the esophagus, but the hook in the stomach could not be removed using this technique.
 
Latest Update: September 6, 2017

Dr. Ernesto, Dr. Alexa, and veterinary technician Jenna performed Snapping Turtle 17-2211’s plastronectomy on the afternoon of September 6. The surgery lasted roughly four hours, but the team was unable to remove the hook.

 

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].

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.

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”.

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.