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Black Bear yearling #17-1767

On July 12, a female Black Bear yearling was found on the side of the road in Madison County, Virginia. An officer with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and was able to capture the bear and transport her to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: October 20, 2017

On Monday, October 16, Dr. Peach and Brie set the large VDGIF culvert trap to catch Black Bear yearling #17-1767 for release. Despite the tasty bait of fried chicken, the bear was not motivated to check out the trap until Brie added a slathering of peanut butter. On the morning of Friday, October 20, the bear took the bait and was successfully trapped!

A VDGIF biologist came to the Center to pick up the bear for release on the afternoon of October 20.

On July 12, a female Black Bear yearling was found on the side of the road in Madison County, Virginia. An officer with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and was able to capture the bear and transport her to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: October 7, 2017

On September 21, Black Bear yearling #17-1767 was moved to the Center’s Black Bear Complex, to yard #2. Dr. Peach was pleased to see how the bear was using her healed leg in the large, half-acre space.

On July 12, a female Black Bear yearling was found on the side of the road in Madison County, Virginia. An officer with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and was able to capture the bear and transport her to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: September 9, 2017

On September 8, Dr. Peach darted and anesthetized Black Bear yearling #17-1767 so that she could examine and radiograph the yearling’s fractured leg. Today marks eight weeks since the bear’s surgery with Dr. Padron.

Dr. Peach found that the bear’s fractured leg has healed well; the fracture line is still visible, but a callus formation is present. The bear currently has a slightly decreased range of motion in his left elbow compared to his right, but nothing that is of concern right now. The bear is in great condition and weighed in at 27.4 kg.

On July 12, a female Black Bear yearling was found on the side of the road in Madison County, Virginia. An officer with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and was able to capture the bear and transport her to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: July 27, 2017

Black Bear #17-1767 has been healing well during the past week and is nearly at the two-week post-op mark. The bear has been eating well and bearing weight on all four legs equally. On July 26, the staff moved the yearling to the chute of the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure; this will allow the bear a little more room than a zinger crate and will allow her to see and smell a more natural environment. The bear will need to remain in this small space to heal for several more weeks before she’s allowed to be more active in a larger space.

On July 12, a female Black Bear yearling was found on the side of the road in Madison County, Virginia. An officer with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and was able to capture the bear and transport her to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: July 21, 2017

Black Bear #17-1767 has been healing well this week. Each day, the vet team checks on the bear to monitor her appetite, how much weight she’s bearing on her injured leg, and her general attitude. So far, the bear has shifted fairly easily between zinger crates in the holding room; this is the best way to ensure the bear gets a clean area each day. The yearling has been placing her weight on her injured leg for the past few days, and is eating well.

On July 12, a female Black Bear yearling was found on the side of the road in Madison County, Virginia. An officer with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and was able to capture the bear and transport her to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: July 17, 2017

On the morning of July 14, Wildlife Center staff transported Black Bear yearling #17-1767 to the Virginia Veterinary Surgical Associates in Richmond. In addition to placing screws in the bear’s elbow to fixate the fracture site, Dr. Padron inserted a metal plate on the bear’s ulna (the outermost of two bones in the forearm). 

Black Bear cub #17-2035

On August 5, a Black Bear cub was found under a bridge beside a road in Roanoke County, Virginia. It appeared as though the cub was hit by a vehicle; no sow was seen in the area. The bear was taken to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center for stabilization and overnight care before he was transported to the Wildlife Center the next morning.

Latest Update: October 20, 2017

Black Bear cub #17-2035 [Double Yellow Tags] has been doing well during the past two weeks in the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure. The bear is walking normally on his now-healed leg, and on October 19, the staff decided to move him to the Bear Complex. A live trap was set and baited in the Large Mammal enclosure; the cub took the bait and was easily trapped during the day. The cub was moved to the transition area of yard #1 so that he can see, smell, and interact with the other nine bear cubs for a day before they all have access to one another on October 20. 

On August 5, a Black Bear cub was found under a bridge beside a road in Roanoke County, Virginia. It appeared as though the cub was hit by a vehicle; no sow was seen in the area. The bear was taken to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center for stabilization and overnight care before he was transported to the Wildlife Center the next morning.

Latest Update: October 7, 2017

Black Bear cub #17-2035 has been healing well during this past few weeks. On Friday, October 6, Dr. Alexa darted the cub so that she could take eight-week post-op radiographs of the bear’s injured leg. Dr. Alexa also removed the wire that was inserted through the bear’s fractured jaw. The cub weighed in at 20 kg – despite recovering from a jaw fracture, the cub hasn’t had any issues putting on weight since his admission!

On August 5, a Black Bear cub was found under a bridge beside a road in Roanoke County, Virginia. It appeared as though the cub was hit by a vehicle; no sow was seen in the area. The bear was taken to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center for stabilization and overnight care before he was transported to the Wildlife Center the next morning.

Latest Update: September 9, 2017

Black Bear cub #17-2035 has been healing well during the past couple of weeks; the team has observed the cub placing weight on his healing leg, and the bear has been eating well. With the recent movement of Black Bear yearling #17-1767, cub #17-2035 was moved to the connecting chute of the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure.

On August 5, a Black Bear cub was found under a bridge beside a road in Roanoke County, Virginia. It appeared as though the cub was hit by a vehicle; no sow was seen in the area. The bear was taken to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center for stabilization and overnight care before he was transported to the Wildlife Center the next morning.

Latest Update: August 15, 2017

Black Bear cub #17-2035 has been doing well since last week’s surgery; he’s bright, alert, and feisty! The rehab staff have been offering a bowl of soft food for the bear, which the cub is eating well.

On August 5, a Black Bear cub was found under a bridge beside a road in Roanoke County, Virginia. It appeared as though the cub was hit by a vehicle; no sow was seen in the area. The bear was taken to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center for stabilization and overnight care before he was transported to the Wildlife Center the next morning.

Latest Update: August 11, 2017

On August 11, Drs. Alexa and Monica transported Black Bear cub #17-2035 to the Virginia Veterinary Surgical Associates in the Richmond area for surgery with Dr. Alex Padron. Dr. Alexa gave many updates during the surgery – Dr. Padron was able to successfully insert two pins into the bear’s fractured humerus before inserting a plate over the fracture site. He was pleased with the alignment.

On August 5, a Black Bear cub was found under a bridge beside a road in Roanoke County, Virginia. It appeared as though the cub was hit by a vehicle; no sow was seen in the area. The bear was taken to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center for stabilization and overnight care before he was transported to the Wildlife Center the next morning.

Latest Update: August 9, 2017

During the past two days, Drs. Monica and Alexa have been coordinating the surgery for Black Bear cub #17-2035. Dr. Alex Padron of Virginia Veterinary Surgical Associates in Richmond has agreed to do the surgery, which is tentatively scheduled for Friday, August 11. Dr. Padron will plate the bear’s fractured humerus; he’ll also investigate the young bear’s suspected mandible fracture and may wire the fracture if needed.

Great Horned Owlet #17-0363

On March 29, a Great Horned owlet was found in Mechanicsville on the ground -- the owlet was below a nest that was 100 feet up in the tree. The rescuer attempted to re-nest the owl, but the nest was too high to easily reach. The rescuer also tried to make a secondary nest for the owlet (in hopes that the parents would find the baby and continue to care for it), but the effort proved unsuccessful. The bird was then brought to a rehabilitator, who transferred the owlet to the Center.

Latest Update: October 18, 2017

Great Horned Owl #17-0363 was released on the evening of October 17 at James Madison’s Montpelier, in front of a crowd of about 75 people. Dr. Ernesto, the Center’s hospital director, performed the release honors; the owl flew off over a field and disappeared into the trees. Within a few minutes, a Red-tailed Hawk was seen – and heard! – reacting to the presence of the newest resident of the woods.

On March 29, a Great Horned owlet was found in Mechanicsville on the ground -- the owlet was below a nest that was 100 feet up in the tree. The rescuer attempted to re-nest the owl, but the nest was too high to easily reach. The rescuer also tried to make a secondary nest for the owlet (in hopes that the parents would find the baby and continue to care for it), but the effort proved unsuccessful. The bird was then brought to a rehabilitator, who transferred the owlet to the Center.

Latest Update: October 16, 2017

Great Horned Owl #17-0363 has been cleared for release by the veterinary team; the owlet will be released at James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange County on Tuesday, October 17 at 6:15 p.m. The release is open to the public; those attending are asked to RSVP to lkegley@wildlifecenter.org. Those planning on attending the release should enter through the main gate on Route 20 [Constitution Highway] and follow signs to the Visitor Center.

On March 29, a Great Horned owlet was found in Mechanicsville on the ground -- the owlet was below a nest that was 100 feet up in the tree. The rescuer attempted to re-nest the owl, but the nest was too high to easily reach. The rescuer also tried to make a secondary nest for the owlet (in hopes that the parents would find the baby and continue to care for it), but the effort proved unsuccessful. The bird was then brought to a rehabilitator, who transferred the owlet to the Center.

Latest Update: October 7, 2017

All three young Great Horned Owls have been flying very well – each is strong in flight, and also is silent, which is an important requirement for owl releases. On October 3, Papa G’Ho officially finished his surrogate duties for the year, and was moved to a C-pen enclosure; each of the young owls was moved to separate flight pens for mouse school practice and additional exercise. Rehabilitation intern Shannon said that the live-prey testing is off to a great start; the owls have passed three nights so far, and should finish the rest of their testing this weekend.

On March 29, a Great Horned owlet was found in Mechanicsville on the ground -- the owlet was below a nest that was 100 feet up in the tree. The rescuer attempted to re-nest the owl, but the nest was too high to easily reach. The rescuer also tried to make a secondary nest for the owlet (in hopes that the parents would find the baby and continue to care for it), but the effort proved unsuccessful. The bird was then brought to a rehabilitator, who transferred the owlet to the Center.

Latest Update: September 26, 2017

The Great Horned Owl family – Papa G’Ho and his three young foster owlets – has been doing well these past few weeks. On September 9, the family was moved to flight pen A2, so that the young owls could have more room as they practice flying.

On March 29, a Great Horned owlet was found in Mechanicsville on the ground -- the owlet was below a nest that was 100 feet up in the tree. The rescuer attempted to re-nest the owl, but the nest was too high to easily reach. The rescuer also tried to make a secondary nest for the owlet (in hopes that the parents would find the baby and continue to care for it), but the effort proved unsuccessful. The bird was then brought to a rehabilitator, who transferred the owlet to the Center.

Latest Update: June 22, 2017

Great Horned Owlets #17-0363, #17-0885, and #17-1135 are doing well; they are flying and eating consistently on their own.

As of June 21, Papa G'Ho and his three owlets are housed together in one of the outdoor flight pens. When an appropriate, larger enclosure becomes available (likely one of the "A-pens"), the rehabilitation staff will move the four birds; the larger space will give the growing family more room and space for the young birds to practice flying.

On March 29, a Great Horned owlet was found in Mechanicsville on the ground -- the owlet was below a nest that was 100 feet up in the tree. The rescuer attempted to re-nest the owl, but the nest was too high to easily reach. The rescuer also tried to make a secondary nest for the owlet (in hopes that the parents would find the baby and continue to care for it), but the effort proved unsuccessful. The bird was then brought to a rehabilitator, who transferred the owlet to the Center.

Latest Update: April 24, 2017

Owlet #17-0363 has been gaining weight and adjusting well to life with Papa G’Ho. Papa G'Ho is teaching the owl appropriate behaviors towards humans; when humans approach, the owlets expresses dissatisfaction with snaps and hisses - just like Papa.

Bald Eagle #17-2469

On September 26, a mature male Bald Eagle was found in a backyard in Poquoson, Virginia. Permitted wildlife rehabilitator Tommy White was able to capture the bird and provided initial treatment before he transported the eagle to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: October 18, 2017

On October 17, Bald Eagle #17-2469 was moved to flight pen A3, where Bald Eagle #17-1993 is also currently housed. The eagle is able to fly to the perches in the large flight space, though a formal daily exercise plan has not yet been started.

The eagle will need additional eye examinations during the next couple of months. The eagle can be identified by his "stripe"-patterned protective wing bumpers. 

Bald Eagle #17-1993

On July 31, the Wildlife Center admitted a mature male Bald Eagle that was found in the water in Westmoreland County. The eagle was initially rescued and taken to a local wildlife rehabilitator before he was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: October 18, 2017

On October 10, Bald Eagle #17-1993 was moved to flight pen A3. At first, the bird was not flying well, though was able to make it up to a high perch; the rehabilitation team slowly started a daily exercise regimen for the eagle. About a week later, the staff reported that the eagle was making improvements; the eagle is able to fly from end-to-end in the large flight pen. The rehabilitation team will continue exercise, gradually pushing the bird to fly more laps to prepare him for release.

Bald Eagle #16-1664

On July 22, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries conducted a surprise inspection of a wildlife rehabilitation facility in eastern Virginia, which resulted in the seizure of several birds of prey. Among them was Bald Eagle #16-1664 which was transferred to the Wildlife Center for evaluation and care. No medical records were sent with the birds, but social media reports state that this young eagle hatched earlier this year in Virginia Beach, and is the offspring of "ND", a Bald Eagle that hatched at Norfolk Botanical Garden in 2010.

Latest Update: October 18, 2017

On Monday, October 16, the same dedicated Wildlife Center supporter who drove Bald Eagle #15-0733 to Arkansas picked up Bald Eagle #16-1664 and transported him to his new home at Cape May Zoo in New Jersey.

On July 22, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries conducted a surprise inspection of a wildlife rehabilitation facility in eastern Virginia, which resulted in the seizure of several birds of prey. Among them was Bald Eagle #16-1664 which was transferred to the Wildlife Center for evaluation and care. No medical records were sent with the birds, but social media reports state that this young eagle hatched earlier this year in Virginia Beach, and is the offspring of "ND", a Bald Eagle that hatched at Norfolk Botanical Garden in 2010.

Latest Update: October 7, 2017

Due to a change in enclosure availability, the Tracy Aviary in Utah was unable to receive Bald Eagle #16-1664 this year. Instead, an alternate education institution was sought.

The Cape May Zoo in New Jersey contacted the Center after one of their mature education eagles – transferred from the Wildlife Center of Virginia in 2007 – passed away. They were happy to add this young eagle to their collection. USFWS exhibit permits were approved this fall, and the eagle will be transferred when transportation arrangements are made.

On July 22, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries conducted a surprise inspection of a wildlife rehabilitation facility in eastern Virginia, which resulted in the seizure of several birds of prey. Among them was Bald Eagle #16-1664 which was transferred to the Wildlife Center for evaluation and care. No medical records were sent with the birds, but social media reports state that this young eagle hatched earlier this year in Virginia Beach, and is the offspring of "ND", a Bald Eagle that hatched at Norfolk Botanical Garden in 2010.

Latest Update: June 26, 2017

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service permits were approved for Bald Eagle #16-1664; this means that the bird is one big step closer to going to his new home! At this point, it's been too hot to fly the eagle commercially to the Tracy Aviary in Utah; it's likely that the Center will need to wait until fall to ship the bird, unless alternative arrangements can be made through a private airplane pilot.

On July 22, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries conducted a surprise inspection of a wildlife rehabilitation facility in eastern Virginia, which resulted in the seizure of several birds of prey. Among them was Bald Eagle #16-1664 which was transferred to the Wildlife Center for evaluation and care. No medical records were sent with the birds, but social media reports state that this young eagle hatched earlier this year in Virginia Beach, and is the offspring of "ND", a Bald Eagle that hatched at Norfolk Botanical Garden in 2010.

Latest Update: February 20, 2017

Within the past month, the Wildlife Center received clearance from USFWS to place non-releasable Bald Eagle #16-1664. The Tracy Aviary, located in Utah, has been looking for an immature Bald Eagle for programs for some time; they will be giving this bird a new home. Paperwork has been started; once USFWS approves of the transfer, the bird the bird will be flown to his new home in Utah.

On July 22, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries conducted a surprise inspection of a wildlife rehabilitation facility in eastern Virginia, which resulted in the seizure of several birds of prey. Among them was Bald Eagle #16-1664 which was transferred to the Wildlife Center for evaluation and care. No medical records were sent with the birds, but social media reports state that this young eagle hatched earlier this year in Virginia Beach, and is the offspring of "ND", a Bald Eagle that hatched at Norfolk Botanical Garden in 2010.

Latest Update: October 17, 2016

Last month, the veterinary team continued to monitor Bald Eagle #16-1664. After observing the eagle's limitations with and without pain medication, the staff believe that the bird can be placed as a non-releasable education bird; it does not appear to be experiencing any discomfort.

The staff first need to submit paperwork with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to get approval for placement; once permission is received, the staff will begin looking for a suitable location for this young eagle. The approval and permitting process typically takes several months.

On July 22, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries conducted a surprise inspection of a wildlife rehabilitation facility in eastern Virginia, which resulted in the seizure of several birds of prey. Among them was Bald Eagle #16-1664 which was transferred to the Wildlife Center for evaluation and care. No medical records were sent with the birds, but social media reports state that this young eagle hatched earlier this year in Virginia Beach, and is the offspring of "ND", a Bald Eagle that hatched at Norfolk Botanical Garden in 2010.

Latest Update: August 24, 2016

Bald Eagle #16-1664 has not been flying well in flight enclosure A3. The bird is unable to gain altitude and consistently tilts to one side while flying to compensate for the reduced mobility in his injured wing.

On July 22, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries conducted a surprise inspection of a wildlife rehabilitation facility in eastern Virginia, which resulted in the seizure of several birds of prey. Among them was Bald Eagle #16-1664 which was transferred to the Wildlife Center for evaluation and care. No medical records were sent with the birds, but social media reports state that this young eagle hatched earlier this year in Virginia Beach, and is the offspring of "ND", a Bald Eagle that hatched at Norfolk Botanical Garden in 2010.

Latest Update: August 12, 2016

Wildlife Center rehabilitation staff have been monitoring Bald Eagle #16-1664 in outdoor enclosure A3, where it is housed with two other eagles. During daily exercise the eagle has not been able to fly well. The bird is unable to gain enough height to successfully perch, and also has a significant tilt to the right in flight. While this is most likely due to the eagle’s compromised left wing, the Wildlife Center will continue the observation process.

On July 22, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries conducted a surprise inspection of a wildlife rehabilitation facility in eastern Virginia, which resulted in the seizure of several birds of prey. Among them was Bald Eagle #16-1664 which was transferred to the Wildlife Center for evaluation and care. No medical records were sent with the birds, but social media reports state that this young eagle hatched earlier this year in Virginia Beach, and is the offspring of "ND", a Bald Eagle that hatched at Norfolk Botanical Garden in 2010.

Latest Update: August 1, 2016

Bald Eagle #16-1664 has been doing well in one of the Center's outdoor enclosures during the past week. The bird is able to get to high perches, is holding both wings appropriately, and is eating well.

During the next few weeks, Center veterinarians will re-evaluate the eagle's left carpal ("wrist") joint to see if the bird is able to fly in a larger space. At this point, the veterinarians know that the bird is unable to extend his left wing fully, due to the compromised joint.

Bobcat #17-2495

On September 30, a juvenile female bobcat was hit by a vehicle while crossing Route 33 in Rockingham County, Virginia. The bobcat was captured and transported to the Wildlife Center, where Dr. Monica, one of the Center’s veterinary interns, examined the bobcat.

Latest Update: October 18, 2017

On October 16, Dr. Ernesto took Bobcat #17-2495 back to surgery to replace the pin stabilizing the bobcat’s fractured leg. The pin was fully removed, though attempts to replace the IM pin were unsuccessful; there was a large amount of callus already present over the bone fragments, which made placing the pin difficult. Dr. Ernesto decided to close the bobcat’s incision and to allow the fracture to continue to heal; the wire in the cat’s leg should offer enough stabilization since the bone already has evidence of healing.

White-tailed Deer Fawns of 2017

On May 18, the Center received its first deer fawn of 2017 -- officially kicking off "fawn season".

An infant male White-tailed Deer was admitted to the Center as patient #17-0996 after he was orphaned. His mother was hit by a car on May 14, and the fawn was found trying to cross a highway in Montgomery County.

Latest Update: October 13, 2017

During the past month, the rehabilitation staff ceased daily bottle feeding for the deer fawns and transitioned them to a diet of only browse and fruit. By early October, the fawns were well adjusted to their diet and were old enough to be released back to the wild.

With a small herd of five deer, the round-up of fawns went quickly and smoothly on the morning of October 7. A small team of people corralled the deer, and each fawn was grabbed so its ear tags could be removed and it could be carried to the horse trailer that would transport them to the release location.

On May 18, the Center received its first deer fawn of 2017 -- officially kicking off "fawn season".

An infant male White-tailed Deer was admitted to the Center as patient #17-0996 after he was orphaned. His mother was hit by a car on May 14, and the fawn was found trying to cross a highway in Montgomery County.

Latest Update: August 8, 2017

The Center is currently caring for four White-tailed Deer fawns. Though dozens of fawns have been admitted in 2017, a number of healthy fawns were transferred to other permitted rehabilitators with available space for fawns at their facilities. When possible and appropriate, healthy baby animals are transferred to other rehabilitators, freeing up space and time at the Center for animals that require specialized medical care.

Great Horned Owlet #17-1135

On May 27, the Wildlife Center admitted another baby Great Horned Owl. This young owl was found down on the ground on Chincoteague Island; the bird was taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator for treatment before it was transferred to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: October 12, 2017

Great Horned Owlets #17-1135 and 17-0885 both had their pre-release blood work done earlier this week; both received clearance for release from the veterinary team!

On Wednesday, October 11, the owls were picked up by a volunteer transporter and were taken back to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Prior to their departure, wildlife rehabilitator Brie banded the two owlets, and also sharpened their talons and beaks to help them be effective hunters. After five months of rehabilitation, the staff is happy to send these birds back to the wild!

On May 27, the Wildlife Center admitted another baby Great Horned Owl. This young owl was found down on the ground on Chincoteague Island; the bird was taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator for treatment before it was transferred to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: October 7, 2017

All three young Great Horned Owls have been flying very well – each is strong in flight, and also is silent, which is an important requirement for owl releases. On October 3, Papa G’Ho officially finished his surrogate duties for the year, and was moved to a C-pen enclosure; each of the young owls was moved to separate flight pens for mouse school practice and additional exercise. Rehabilitation intern Shannon said that the live-prey testing is off to a great start; the owls have passed three nights so far, and should finish the rest of their testing this weekend.

On May 27, the Wildlife Center admitted another baby Great Horned Owl. This young owl was found down on the ground on Chincoteague Island; the bird was taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator for treatment before it was transferred to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: September 26, 2017

The Great Horned Owl family – Papa G’Ho and his three young foster owlets – has been doing well these past few weeks. On September 9, the family was moved to flight pen A2, so that the young owls could have more room as they practice flying.

On May 27, the Wildlife Center admitted another baby Great Horned Owl. This young owl was found down on the ground on Chincoteague Island; the bird was taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator for treatment before it was transferred to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: June 22, 2017

Great Horned Owlets #17-0363, #17-0885, and #17-1135 are doing well; they are flying and eating consistently on their own.

As of June 21, Papa G'Ho and his three owlets are housed together in one of the outdoor flight pens. When an appropriate, larger enclosure becomes available (likely one of the "A-pens"), the rehabilitation staff will move the four birds; the larger space will give the growing family more room and space for the young birds to practice flying.

Great Horned Owlet #17-0885

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

Latest Update: October 12, 2017

Great Horned Owlets #17-1135 and 17-0885 both had their pre-release blood work done earlier this week; both received clearance for release from the veterinary team!

On Wednesday, October 11, the owls were picked up by a volunteer transporter and were taken back to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Prior to their departure, wildlife rehabilitator Brie banded the two owlets, and also sharpened their talons and beaks to help them be effective hunters. After five months of rehabilitation, the staff is happy to send these birds back to the wild!

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

Latest Update: October 7, 2017

All three young Great Horned Owls have been flying very well – each is strong in flight, and also is silent, which is an important requirement for owl releases. On October 3, Papa G’Ho officially finished his surrogate duties for the year, and was moved to a C-pen enclosure; each of the young owls was moved to separate flight pens for mouse school practice and additional exercise. Rehabilitation intern Shannon said that the live-prey testing is off to a great start; the owls have passed three nights so far, and should finish the rest of their testing this weekend.

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

Latest Update: September 26, 2017

The Great Horned Owl family – Papa G’Ho and his three young foster owlets – has been doing well these past few weeks. On September 9, the family was moved to flight pen A2, so that the young owls could have more room as they practice flying.

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

Latest Update: June 22, 2017

Great Horned Owlets #17-0363, #17-0885, and #17-1135 are doing well; they are flying and eating consistently on their own.

As of June 21, Papa G'Ho and his three owlets are housed together in one of the outdoor flight pens. When an appropriate, larger enclosure becomes available (likely one of the "A-pens"), the rehabilitation staff will move the four birds; the larger space will give the growing family more room and space for the young birds to practice flying.

Black Bear cub #17-1180

On May 28, a citizen in Lexington, Virginia, saw a young black bear cub by the side of the road. The bear was alone, and appeared to have an injured front paw.

Latest Update: October 12, 2017

A necropsy on Black Bear cub #17-1180, conducted by an outside laboratory, confirmed that the cub had cerebellar hypoplasia, a neurological condition in which the part of the brain that coordinates muscular activity is smaller than usual or not completely developed. This explains the consistent neurologic symptoms the Wildlife Center staff noted. This issue can be congenital or viral; in this bear’s case, results did not indicate which caused the condition. 

On May 28, a citizen in Lexington, Virginia, saw a young black bear cub by the side of the road. The bear was alone, and appeared to have an injured front paw.

Latest Update: August 25, 2017

Last week, the Wildlife Center team was able to take Black Bear cub #17-1180 off-site for a CT scan. The procedure went quickly, and the images were sent to veterinary radiologists for interpretation. The radiologists found that while the brain and spine appeared to be within normal limits, the cub’s lungs were not normal. There are a variety of infectious diseases that could affect a cub’s lungs and also cause neurologic symptoms, though at this point, the damage is irreversible.

On May 28, a citizen in Lexington, Virginia, saw a young black bear cub by the side of the road. The bear was alone, and appeared to have an injured front paw.

Latest Update: August 11, 2017

While Black Bear cub #17-1180 has been generally stable during the past week, he continues to have unresolved neurological episodes. The test results for Baylis ascaris came back negative. Dr. Ernesto decided that the next step for this cub is a CT scan; this could help the team determine if the cub has a congenital brain defect. The team are working with an outside facility to schedule a CT scan during the week of August 14.

On May 28, a citizen in Lexington, Virginia, saw a young black bear cub by the side of the road. The bear was alone, and appeared to have an injured front paw.

Latest Update: August 3, 2017

Black Bear cub #17-1180 has been in the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure during the past week; the bear is eating well but the staff have continued to observe the intermittent neurologic issues. Some test results came back this week: the cub’s bile acids test (for liver issues) was within normal limits, and the cub is also negative for distemper and parvovirus. Test results for Baylisascaris have not yet come back.

On May 28, a citizen in Lexington, Virginia, saw a young black bear cub by the side of the road. The bear was alone, and appeared to have an injured front paw.

Latest Update: July 27, 2017

The veterinary team has continued to note intermittent neurologic symptoms in Black Bear cub #17-1180 during the past week. On July 27, the veterinary team will be drawing several blood samples from the cub – one after fasting, then another sample after the bear eats. These samples will be sent to an outside laboratory for bile acid tests. After all the samples are drawn today, the cub will be moved back to the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure for observation.

On May 28, a citizen in Lexington, Virginia, saw a young black bear cub by the side of the road. The bear was alone, and appeared to have an injured front paw.

Latest Update: July 19, 2017

Results from Black Bear #17-1180’s fructosamine test came back on Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Ernesto reports that the bear’s glucose levels are normal, which confirms the more simple in-house lab tests. The bear’s bile acid levels are high, which can be an indication of liver disease. The bear was not fasted prior to this test, which can also affect results. The team will draw more blood samples this week after the bear is fasted and another sample after the bear is fed; these samples should yield additional diagnostic information.

On May 28, a citizen in Lexington, Virginia, saw a young black bear cub by the side of the road. The bear was alone, and appeared to have an injured front paw.

Latest Update: July 17, 2017

On Friday, July 14, the veterinary team decided to perform a physical examination on Black Bear cub #17-1180 [Double Pink Tags]. The rehabilitation staff had noted some intermittent ataxia [incoordination] recently, which is not a new symptom for this cub. Days after admission in May, the bear exhibited the same intermittent unsteadiness before he was moved in with the other bear cubs. The veterinary team never found a cause for the neurologic issues, but it appears as though the symptoms periodically have resurfaced during the past month.

On May 28, a citizen in Lexington, Virginia, saw a young black bear cub by the side of the road. The bear was alone, and appeared to have an injured front paw.

Latest Update: June 1, 2017

Earlier this week, Black Bear cub #17-1180 was moved to the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure. The rehab team moved the other eight cubs to one side of the enclosure; cub #17-1180 was placed on the other side for additional monitoring. The cub was fairly quiet, but on May 31, appeared to be too quiet; the team decided to bring the cub into the hospital for an exam.

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
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
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 of 2017

At the end of March 2017, 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 2017. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

Latest Update: August 22, 2017

On August 22, wildlife rehabilitator Brie decided that Black Bear cub #17-2065, Double Orange Tags, should be large enough to move to the Black Bear Complex. The rehab team was successfully able to lure the cub into a live trap with grapes; the cub was then transported to the complex and was released into the main yard.

At the end of March 2017, 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 2017. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

Latest Update: July 25, 2017

On July 25, the rehabilitation team started moving the 2017 Black Bear cubs to the Bear Complex! Wildlife rehabilitator Brie and wildlife rehab interns Shannon McCabe and Shannon Mazurowski were able to contain four bears – No Tag, Double Green Tags, Yellow Tag, and Red Tag – in crates and moved them to the yard quickly. Pink Tag, White Tag, and Orange Tag had to be live trapped in the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure; each of the bears fell for their baited trap fairly quickly.

At the end of March 2017, 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 2017. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

Latest Update: July 10, 2017

The Black Bear cubs of 2017 are doing well; the nine cubs continue to live in the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure and receive food once a day, plus some sort of enrichment fun! They’ve been enjoying some watermelon snacks, donated by local grocery stores:

Even new bedding can be an adventure for the cubs:

At the end of March 2017, 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 2017. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

Latest Update: June 14, 2017

The nine Black Bear cubs have been doing well -- many Critter Cam viewers have enjoyed watching them eat, play, and sleep together … the cubs appear to have a lot of energy!

At the end of March 2017, 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 2017. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

Latest Update: June 9, 2017

The Black Bear cubs of 2017 have been doing well at the Wildlife Center. They are rambunctious and playful, and are increasingly a handful for the rehabilitation team! The cubs receive a variety of enrichment -- toys, food, branches, and other special items. On June 6, wildlife rehabilitation extern Ianna made the bears a tightly braided sheet rope for them to climb; wildlife rehabilitator Brie supervised the cubs while they investigated this new toy.

At the end of March 2017, 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 2017. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

Latest Update: May 19, 2017

At the end of last week, the rest of the bear cubs were moved to the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure. Bear cub #17-0760 [Double Green Tag] was isolated for a few more days until he was cleared to move in with the other cubs on May 15.

Wildlife rehabilitators Brie and Linda report that the cubs are active, wild, eating, growling, playing, and just generally crazy. The cubs are eating soft bear foods and receiving mush bowls twice a day; the youngest cub, No Tag, is still being bottle-fed twice a day.

At the end of March 2017, 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 2017. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

Latest Update: May 9, 2017

On May 3, wildlife rehabilitator Brie moved Red Tag, Green Tag, and White Tag to the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure. These three bears are the largest of the cubs, and the Center's metal cage complex, where the cubs had been housed, was getting a little full!  The three cubs began tentatively exploring, and have settled in well. They are currently eating mush bowls twice a day, in addition to other veggies, fruits, and seeds.

At the end of March 2017, 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 2017. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

Latest Update: April 28, 2017

The five Black Bear cubs are doing well at the Wildlife Center; all are eating and gaining weight! The cubs are currently housed in two zinger crates in the Center's outdoor metals complex, where they can have supervised playtime while smelling and hearing the outdoors.

At the end of March 2017, 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 2017. In most cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers.

Latest Update: April 20, 2017

The four Black Bear cubs have been doing well at the Center; they will soon make the move to the Center's outdoor metal cage complex, where they'll remain in their zinger crates in between supervised play and feeding sessions. They'll move to the Center's Large Mammal Isolation enclosure, likely in mid-May.

Current weights are:

Cub #0352: 1.65 kg
Cub #0374: 2.52 kg
Cub #0411: 2.44 kg
Cub #0444: 2.61 kg

The cubs will each soon receive a colored identification tag in one ear.

Here are some recent photos of a bear cub play session!

Bald Eagle #16-0038

On February 1, a mature Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Stafford, Virginia. The bird was picked up by an animal control officer and taken to a local veterinary clinic before it was transferred to a permitted rehabilitator in the area. On February 2, the Bald Eagle was driven to the Wildlife Center of Virginia by a dedicated volunteer transporter.

Latest Update: May 29, 2017

Earlier this year, Bald Eagle #16-0038 received clearance from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) for placement at an educational facility. The Bald Eagle will be going to live at Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke, Virginia. Mill Mountain has applied for permits with the USFWS regional office; once all paperwork is finalized, the bird will go to her new home.

On February 1, a mature Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Stafford, Virginia. The bird was picked up by an animal control officer and taken to a local veterinary clinic before it was transferred to a permitted rehabilitator in the area. On February 2, the Bald Eagle was driven to the Wildlife Center of Virginia by a dedicated volunteer transporter.

Latest Update: August 1, 2016

Bald Eagle #16-0038 has remained in flight pen A1, one of the Wildlife Center’s largest outdoor enclosures. The eagle is exercised daily by rehabilitation staff members, who report that the eagle regularly flies approximately 12 laps during each session. Although the eagle is still flying at a low height, on July 31 the bird was observed to be flying with its feet tucked beneath its body. Perching and stamina are reported to be improving as well. As of July 25, the eagle weighed 4.40 kg (9.7 lb).

On February 1, a mature Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Stafford, Virginia. The bird was picked up by an animal control officer and taken to a local veterinary clinic before it was transferred to a permitted rehabilitator in the area. On February 2, the Bald Eagle was driven to the Wildlife Center of Virginia by a dedicated volunteer transporter.

Latest Update: June 8, 2016

Bald Eagle #16-0038 has continued daily exercise during the past two months. The eagle has been making gradual improvement, though still is not flying well enough for release. The eagle typically flies an average of 12-14 laps in the Center’s large A-pen enclosure; 10 of those passes are usually good in quality, though sometimes the eagle misses landing on a perch and then struggles to gain height once grounded.

The staff will continue to exercise the eagle each day.

On February 1, a mature Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Stafford, Virginia. The bird was picked up by an animal control officer and taken to a local veterinary clinic before it was transferred to a permitted rehabilitator in the area. On February 2, the Bald Eagle was driven to the Wildlife Center of Virginia by a dedicated volunteer transporter.

Latest Update: March 30, 2016

Bald Eagle #16-0038’s feet continue to slowly heal. On March 28, a routine check revealed that the lesion on the eagle’s left foot was swollen. A topical disinfectant and sealing agent were applied to the wound. Center staff continues to monitor the healing progress during bi-weekly foot and feather checks.

On February 1, a mature Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Stafford, Virginia. The bird was picked up by an animal control officer and taken to a local veterinary clinic before it was transferred to a permitted rehabilitator in the area. On February 2, the Bald Eagle was driven to the Wildlife Center of Virginia by a dedicated volunteer transporter.

Latest Update: March 15, 2016

Bald Eagle #16-0038 remained in a small outdoor enclosure throughout the first half of March. On March 14, the veterinary team re-radiographed the eagle’s healing wing, and found that the fracture was healed and very stable. Dr. Dana noted that the eagle’s left wing is mildly stiff, but the bird is able to achieve full wing extension. The wounds on the eagle’s face and feet continue to heal well.

On February 1, a mature Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Stafford, Virginia. The bird was picked up by an animal control officer and taken to a local veterinary clinic before it was transferred to a permitted rehabilitator in the area. On February 2, the Bald Eagle was driven to the Wildlife Center of Virginia by a dedicated volunteer transporter.

Latest Update: March 1, 2016

On February 21, radiographs were taken to check on Bald Eagle #16-0038’s healing fracture; radiographs showed that the fracture alignment was unchanged. Dr. Dana expected to see a little more healing progress, but it’s likely that the fracture has been slower to callus since it’s been challenging for the vet staff to keep the eagle’s wing completely immobile.

On February 1, a mature Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Stafford, Virginia. The bird was picked up by an animal control officer and taken to a local veterinary clinic before it was transferred to a permitted rehabilitator in the area. On February 2, the Bald Eagle was driven to the Wildlife Center of Virginia by a dedicated volunteer transporter.

Latest Update: February 17, 2016

In the 10 days following her admission, Bald Eagle #16-0038 recovered in the Center’s holding room. At first, the eagle mostly left her wing bandage and body wrap alone, but soon it became a daily challenge to get the eagle to leave her bandages on! The eagle regularly picked at her wing bandages, and on a few occasions managed to partly remove or loosen them; Dr. Dana also noted that the bird is so large and strong, that even the body wrap doesn’t completely prevent the bird from slightly moving her injured wing.

On February 1, a mature Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Stafford, Virginia. The bird was picked up by an animal control officer and taken to a local veterinary clinic before it was transferred to a permitted rehabilitator in the area. On February 2, the Bald Eagle was driven to the Wildlife Center of Virginia by a dedicated volunteer transporter.

Latest Update: February 5, 2016

Bald Eagle #16-0038 is recovering quietly at the Wildlife Center. Dr. Dana reports that the eagle is perching, eating well, and mostly leaving her bandages alone, which can be an important component of the healing process! The eagle’s heart rate has been within normal limits during the past two days.

The veterinary team continues to clean the eagle’s foot and face wounds daily; all lacerations are currently static. Repeat radiographs are scheduled for February 13.

Black Bear cub #17-0411

On April 10, a citizen found a lone bear cub near a road. There was no sign of a sow or any other cubs nearby. The Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries was called, and after staying the night with a permitted wildlife rehabilitator, the cub was transported by VDGIF officers on the morning of April 11.

Latest Update: April 14, 2017

All three Black Bear cubs are doing well at the Wildlife Center. The two male cubs are well-matched for each other -- they are closer in age and weight, and enjoy playing with one another. At feeding time, the cubs are allowed free range of the room where they are housed, and they have time to romp and play after eating. The female cub has gained enough weight to graduate to three times a day feedings.

Here are two videos of the cub -- the first video is of the female and first male cub (before the third cub arrived).

Black Bear cub #17-0374

On April 4, a citizen in Madison County, Virginia, found a bear cub by itself. The citizen left the area in case the sow was nearby and called the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). To ensure that the bear wasn't unintentionally "bear-napped", everyone decided to leave the cub where it was. On the morning of April 5, the cub was still by itself and was crying, so a biologist with VDGIF picked up the cub and transported it to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: April 14, 2017

All three Black Bear cubs are doing well at the Wildlife Center. The two male cubs are well-matched for each other -- they are closer in age and weight, and enjoy playing with one another. At feeding time, the cubs are allowed free range of the room where they are housed, and they have time to romp and play after eating. The female cub has gained enough weight to graduate to three times a day feedings.

Here are two videos of the cub -- the first video is of the female and first male cub (before the third cub arrived).

On April 4, a citizen in Madison County, Virginia, found a bear cub by itself. The citizen left the area in case the sow was nearby and called the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). To ensure that the bear wasn't unintentionally "bear-napped", everyone decided to leave the cub where it was. On the morning of April 5, the cub was still by itself and was crying, so a biologist with VDGIF picked up the cub and transported it to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: April 11, 2017

The two bear cubs are doing well; both are eating well and gaining weight. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie says that both are becoming more playful and are wrestling with each other; the male cub is often interested in attempting to play while his new sister eats. The female cub (17-0352) now weighs 1.37 kg while the male (17-0374) weighs 1.90 kg.

On April 4, a citizen in Madison County, Virginia, found a bear cub by itself. The citizen left the area in case the sow was nearby and called the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). To ensure that the bear wasn't unintentionally "bear-napped", everyone decided to leave the cub where it was. On the morning of April 5, the cub was still by itself and was crying, so a biologist with VDGIF picked up the cub and transported it to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: April 6, 2017

The two bear cubs are doing well and are currently housed together. The female cub is currently taking her bottle well and eating four times a day;  she currently weighs 1.05 kg. The male cub only requires three feedings a day, based on his weight. Dr. Kelli reports that the male cub hasn't quite taken to his bottle yet, but is readily licking his formula and baby food from a lid.

Black Bear cub #17-0352

On March 31, an infant female Black Bear cub was admitted to the Wildlife Center. The cub was found crying under a log near a drainage opening in Roanoke County; the citizen who found the cub was concerned that the bear might fall into the drain and be swept away due to the heavy rain. A biologist with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries assessed the situation; there was no sign of a sow, and the biologist decided to bring the cub to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: April 14, 2017

All three Black Bear cubs are doing well at the Wildlife Center. The two male cubs are well-matched for each other -- they are closer in age and weight, and enjoy playing with one another. At feeding time, the cubs are allowed free range of the room where they are housed, and they have time to romp and play after eating. The female cub has gained enough weight to graduate to three times a day feedings.

Here are two videos of the cub -- the first video is of the female and first male cub (before the third cub arrived).

On March 31, an infant female Black Bear cub was admitted to the Wildlife Center. The cub was found crying under a log near a drainage opening in Roanoke County; the citizen who found the cub was concerned that the bear might fall into the drain and be swept away due to the heavy rain. A biologist with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries assessed the situation; there was no sign of a sow, and the biologist decided to bring the cub to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: April 11, 2017

The two bear cubs are doing well; both are eating well and gaining weight. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie says that both are becoming more playful and are wrestling with each other; the male cub is often interested in attempting to play while his new sister eats. The female cub (17-0352) now weighs 1.37 kg while the male (17-0374) weighs 1.90 kg.

On March 31, an infant female Black Bear cub was admitted to the Wildlife Center. The cub was found crying under a log near a drainage opening in Roanoke County; the citizen who found the cub was concerned that the bear might fall into the drain and be swept away due to the heavy rain. A biologist with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries assessed the situation; there was no sign of a sow, and the biologist decided to bring the cub to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: April 6, 2017

The two bear cubs are doing well and are currently housed together. The female cub is currently taking her bottle well and eating four times a day;  she currently weighs 1.05 kg. The male cub only requires three feedings a day, based on his weight. Dr. Kelli reports that the male cub hasn't quite taken to his bottle yet, but is readily licking his formula and baby food from a lid.

Black Bear cub #17-2065

On August 8, an officer with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries brought an orphaned male cub from Patrick County to the Wildlife Center. The cub was bright, alert, and feisty and weighed in at 9.6 kg. Dr. Alexa, one of the Center’s veterinary interns, examined the cub, and found him to be mildly dehydrated, but otherwise healthy. Radiographs and blood work were within normal limits. The bear was given fluids and Dr.

Black Bear cub #17-0760

During the last week of April, a citizen who was kayaking in Alleghany County saw a lone bear cub on a river bank. The finder took some photos and consulted the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). Biologists asked the finder if she'd be willing to go out by kayak again days later to look for the lone cub; she did, and was able to capture the cub.

Black Bear cub #17-0745

On May 2, the wildlife veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries delivered two Black Bear cubs to the Wildlife Center. One cub, #17-0744, was a female cub from Wise County, Virginia. The history on the cub is unclear, though it was found on the weekend of April 30.

Black Bear cub #17-0744

On May 2, the wildlife veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries delivered two Black Bear cubs to the Wildlife Center. One cub, #17-0744, was a male cub found walking down the side of the road in Wythe County, Virginia.

Black Bear cub #17-0606

On April 24, a small Black Bear cub was found by the side of the road in Rockbridge County, Virginia, and arrangements were made to transport the cub to the Center the same evening.

Dr. Ernesto, the Center's Hospital Director, examined the female cub upon admission. He found that the cub was thin and dehydrated, weighing in at 1.62 kg. Blood work revealed mild anemia; otherwise, the cub did not have any injuries, and is generally considered healthy. Dr. Ernesto put an orange identification tag in the cub's right ear.

Black Bear cub #17-0444

On the evening of April 14, another Black Bear cub was admitted -- bringing the current cub total up to four!

Cub #17-0444, a female, was found in Bath County when someone observed her in a tree by herself. A Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries biologist was contacted. The cub was left alone to allow her the chance to reunite with her mother; unfortunately, no sow was seen and the cub was still by herself in a tree two days later. The cub's rescuer was able to capture her on Friday and brought her to the Wildlife Center.