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Bobcat #17-2688

On Thanksgiving Day, a woman was driving from Gloucester County, Virginia to work in Richmond when she hit a bobcat that was running across the road. The woman called Richmond Animal Care and Control for help when she realized the adult bobcat was stuck in the grill of her car!

Latest Update: February 14, 2018

Bobcat #17-2688 has been eating well during the past few weeks; the cat is eating whole prey items [mostly large, dead rats]. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie is working with a Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries biologist to coordinate a release; they are tentatively discussing a date in early March.

On Thanksgiving Day, a woman was driving from Gloucester County, Virginia to work in Richmond when she hit a bobcat that was running across the road. The woman called Richmond Animal Care and Control for help when she realized the adult bobcat was stuck in the grill of her car!

Latest Update: January 29, 2018

Bobcat #17-2688 did well transitioning to whole food during the past week; the cat readily ate a diet of chopped mice and rats, and January 26, the rehab team introduced a diet of whole rats. The bobcat is eating everything well.

On Thanksgiving Day, a woman was driving from Gloucester County, Virginia to work in Richmond when she hit a bobcat that was running across the road. The woman called Richmond Animal Care and Control for help when she realized the adult bobcat was stuck in the grill of her car!

Latest Update: January 23, 2018

On Monday, January 22, the staff were successfully able to live trap Bobcat #17-2688 for her follow-up examination. Once in the trap, the bobcat was sedated for a complete set of radiographs, blood work, and urinalysis.

On Thanksgiving Day, a woman was driving from Gloucester County, Virginia to work in Richmond when she hit a bobcat that was running across the road. The woman called Richmond Animal Care and Control for help when she realized the adult bobcat was stuck in the grill of her car!

Latest Update: January 9, 2018

Bobcat #17-2688 continues to quietly recover in the Center’s Bear Pens; the bobcat is still eating her “rat slurry” every day; otherwise, the staff attempt to leave the bobcat alone to reduce stress. Additional radiographs to check on the bobcat’s injured jaw are scheduled for January 22.

On Thanksgiving Day, a woman was driving from Gloucester County, Virginia to work in Richmond when she hit a bobcat that was running across the road. The woman called Richmond Animal Care and Control for help when she realized the adult bobcat was stuck in the grill of her car!

Latest Update: December 21, 2017

The rehab staff have been very pleased to find that Bobcat #17-2688 continues to enjoy her “rat slurries” for breakfast and dinner; the cat is eating well and getting her medications in her food. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie provided some Christmas tree branches as enrichment for the Bobcat, so hopefully, she’ll feel at home for the holidays!

Dr. Alexa continues to be encouraged by the Bobcat’s feisty attitude – she admits that checking on the bobcat is mildly terrifying each day since the Bobcat likes to growl and lunge at her human caregivers.

On Thanksgiving Day, a woman was driving from Gloucester County, Virginia to work in Richmond when she hit a bobcat that was running across the road. The woman called Richmond Animal Care and Control for help when she realized the adult bobcat was stuck in the grill of her car!

Latest Update: December 13, 2017

Bobcat #17-2688 continues to eat her “rat slurries” every day; the rehab staff divides her food into two meals each day so that they can slip medications into the food. The cat appears to be bright and alert, and the veterinarians are no longer able to visualize the laceration on the bobcat’s back.

The veterinary team will repeat radiographs of the bobcat’s jaw in January. 
 

On Thanksgiving Day, a woman was driving from Gloucester County, Virginia to work in Richmond when she hit a bobcat that was running across the road. The woman called Richmond Animal Care and Control for help when she realized the adult bobcat was stuck in the grill of her car!

Latest Update: December 4, 2017

During the past few days, the staff continued to leave a wide variety of food for injured Bobcat #17-2688. The team also made the decision to leave the bobcat alone for two days -- with no peeking and no surrounding noise around the enclosure, in case the adult cat was stressed by the presence of humans and sounds. Dr. Alexa was extremely happy to report on Sunday that the bobcat finally ate! Oddly enough, one food option that was eaten was a rat slurry -- blenderized rat parts -- which could mean that the bobcat's hairline mandibular fracture is uncomfortable.

On Thanksgiving Day, a woman was driving from Gloucester County, Virginia to work in Richmond when she hit a bobcat that was running across the road. The woman called Richmond Animal Care and Control for help when she realized the adult bobcat was stuck in the grill of her car!

Latest Update: November 30, 2017

Bobcat #17-2688 still has not eaten while at the Center. During the past week, the rehab staff have offered rats, mice, chicks, quail, goose meat, live mice, and canned cat food; the food has been presented in a variety of locations in the bear pen, including suspended from the ceiling.

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.

Latest Update: February 12, 2018

On February 8, the wildlife rehabilitation team was able to trap Pink Tag in transition area #2 in the Black Bear Complex. Dr. Monica darted the yearling bear for a full examination.

Once the bear was safely anesthetized, the team performed a physical examination and several skin scrapings, drew blood, and took hair samples. Dr. Peach noted that the bear had a thinning hair coat on her chest and near her rump, along with some matted hair on her rump. Overall, there wasn’t a significant amount of hair loss. The bear weighed in at 37.3 kg.

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: February 12, 2018

On February 8, the wildlife rehabilitation team was able to trap Pink Tag in transition area #2 in the Black Bear Complex. Dr. Monica darted the yearling bear for a full examination.

Once the bear was safely anesthetized, the team performed a physical examination and several skin scrapings, drew blood, and took hair samples. Dr. Peach noted that the bear had a thinning hair coat on her chest and near her rump, along with some matted hair on her rump. Overall, there wasn’t a significant amount of hair loss. The bear weighed in at 37.3 kg.

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: February 5, 2018

The Black Bears of 2017 have been doing well in the week’s following their big “birthday party”. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie reported that while the bears eagerly tore apart their presents on the day of the party, they actually did not finish their cake!

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: January 12, 2018

The 10 Black Bear cubs in the Wildlife Center’s Bear Complex are doing well – while the cubs may have slowed down during the extreme cold snap early in January, they are still up and active every day, which is not uncommon for bears of this age in Virginia. The bears have access to two half-acre yards and can often be found hanging out in trees or cuddling together in and around the dens.

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: October 30, 2017

The 10 Black Bear cubs have been doing well in the Center’s Black Bear Complex; the wildlife rehabilitators have been offering extra food since the bears are in “hyperphagia” – that is, the cubs are eating more during this fall season to put on some winter weight!

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!

Carolina Wrens #18-0049 and 18-0050

On January 23, a business owner found two Carolina Wrens stuck in a glue trap that had been placed for rats; the wrens were unintended victims, which can often happen when using glue traps for pest control. The rescuer removed the wrens from the trap and immediately brought them to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: February 12, 2018

On Wednesday, February 7, the veterinary team reassessed Carolina Wren #18-0049’s injured right wing. Unfortunately, the staff determined that the wrist had suffered permanent damage and elected to humanely euthanize the wren.

Wren #18-0050 is doing well in the Center’s aviary; during the weekend, the wildlife rehabilitation team noted that the wren is beginning to grow new tail feathers.

On January 23, a business owner found two Carolina Wrens stuck in a glue trap that had been placed for rats; the wrens were unintended victims, which can often happen when using glue traps for pest control. The rescuer removed the wrens from the trap and immediately brought them to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: February 5, 2018

In the days following wren #18-0049’s bath, the veterinary team noted that the bird had limited extension on its injured right wing. The veterinary staff scheduled daily physical therapy for the wren, in hopes of increasing the bird’s range of motion in that joint. It’s been difficult to visualize any issues on the bird’s radiographs, since the little wren is so tiny and delicate, but additional radiographs will be taken on February 7 to look for changes in that wrist joint.

In the meantime, the bird is eating well and gained one gram since admission.

On January 23, a business owner found two Carolina Wrens stuck in a glue trap that had been placed for rats; the wrens were unintended victims, which can often happen when using glue traps for pest control. The rescuer removed the wrens from the trap and immediately brought them to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: January 30, 2018

Wrens #18-0049 and #18-0050 have continued to recover during the past few days; both wrens are eating their insect diet and maintaining weight. The rehab team weighs the birds daily to ensure each bird is receiving and eating enough food.

Wren #18-0050 was moved out to the Center’s aviary on January 29; the bird will need to remain at the Center until it grows in a new set of tail feathers and can fly well enough for release.

Bald Eagle #18-0046

On the evening of January 22, the Wildlife Center admitted a sub-adult Bald Eagle from Surry County, Virginia. The eagle was found down on the ground, unable to fly, and was rescued by animal control officers.

Latest Update: February 5, 2018

During the past week, the veterinary team continued to monitor Bald Eagle 18-0046’s inability to use her right foot. Sadly, the eagle was not responding to stimulation in most of her toes. She remained sternal in her crate and was unable or unwilling to perch.

On the evening of January 22, the Wildlife Center admitted a sub-adult Bald Eagle from Surry County, Virginia. The eagle was found down on the ground, unable to fly, and was rescued by animal control officers.

Latest Update: January 30, 2018

Since Bald Eagle #18-0046 first arrived at the Center, the bird has been sternal (laying on its keel) and not standing. During the first several days of treatment, the staff noted that the eagle was not using its right leg at all, likely due to trauma and soft tissue swelling to that leg.

On January 29, in an attempt to alleviate pressure on the eagle’s keel and legs, Dr. Peach put the eagle into a sling in the cage; however, the eagle quickly became agitated by the setup and pulled out of the sling.

Bald Eagle #18-0059

On the evening of January 28, a juvenile Bald Eagle was found on the road in Highland County. A Wildlife Center transporter was the one who initially spotted the eagle on the road; several more people stopped to help, including a co-worker of Wildlife Center board member [and IT guru] Kurt Plowman. Kurt rode along to transport the eagle to the Center that same evening.

Latest Update: February 2, 2018

Chelation therapy continued on Bald Eagle #18-0059 in the days following her admission; while the bird was occasionally bright, the bird’s behavior was not that of a typical healthy eagle. On February 1, the bird’s attitude was quieter. During afternoon treatments, the eagle stopped breathing. Dr. Monica intubated the bird right away and began chest compressions; she also administered emergency medication to revive the eagle. Sadly, the bird was not responsive and passed away.

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: 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.

 

Bald Eagle #17-2705

On December 1, a citizen in Charles City County saw a mature Bald Eagle on the ground, unable to fly. The Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries was called, and an officer responded to the scene and was able to capture the eagle and take it to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator in the area. The following morning, the rehabilitator noted a wound on the eagle's wing; it appeared as though the eagle self-inflicted the wound during the night in the crate.

Latest Update: January 22, 2018

Bald Eagle #17-2705 was brought into the Center’s clinic for a set of follow-up radiographs on January 20. Dr. Monica found that the eagle’s fractured wing had healed nicely. The bird was moved into one of the Center’s C-pens, which has enough space for the eagle to stretch his wings and make short hops from perch to perch, but it still small enough to restrict the eagle’s activity.

The eagle is eating well; once the bird has had time to get used to stretching and using his wing again, he’ll be moved to a larger flight space to continue to recover.

On December 1, a citizen in Charles City County saw a mature Bald Eagle on the ground, unable to fly. The Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries was called, and an officer responded to the scene and was able to capture the eagle and take it to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator in the area. The following morning, the rehabilitator noted a wound on the eagle's wing; it appeared as though the eagle self-inflicted the wound during the night in the crate.

Latest Update: January 9, 2018

The veterinary team has been monitoring Bald Eagle #17-2705’s pox lesions daily; the lesions appear to be improving. On January 3, the Bald Eagle was moved to a small padded enclosure outside, in hopes that being away from the hospital would encourage the eagle’s appetite. The eagle started eating after he was moved.

Follow-up radiographs indicated that the eagle’s fractures are healing slowly; additional radiographs will be taken on January 13.

On December 1, a citizen in Charles City County saw a mature Bald Eagle on the ground, unable to fly. The Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries was called, and an officer responded to the scene and was able to capture the eagle and take it to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator in the area. The following morning, the rehabilitator noted a wound on the eagle's wing; it appeared as though the eagle self-inflicted the wound during the night in the crate.

Latest Update: January 1, 2018

On December 22, Dr. Alexa noted a suspicious lesion on the side of Bald Eagle #17-2705’s beak during treatments. On closer examination, there was an additional small lesion on the other side of the eagle’s mouth as well. Dr. Alexa suspected avian pox – a virus often transmitted by mosquitoes. The Center has recently treated a screech-owl with avian pox; the virus could also be transmitted through contact with an infected surface.

Dr. Alexa took samples of the lesions and was able to confirm avian pox. The eagle was moved into the Center’s isolation room to continue treatment.

On December 1, a citizen in Charles City County saw a mature Bald Eagle on the ground, unable to fly. The Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries was called, and an officer responded to the scene and was able to capture the eagle and take it to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator in the area. The following morning, the rehabilitator noted a wound on the eagle's wing; it appeared as though the eagle self-inflicted the wound during the night in the crate.

Latest Update: December 21, 2017

Bald Eagle #17-2705 was moved to a crate in a small outdoor enclosure on December 14 in hopes that being outdoors would stimulate the eagle to eat on his own. It appears that the move worked; the eagle began eating a diet of rats soon after the move.

On December 1, a citizen in Charles City County saw a mature Bald Eagle on the ground, unable to fly. The Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries was called, and an officer responded to the scene and was able to capture the eagle and take it to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator in the area. The following morning, the rehabilitator noted a wound on the eagle's wing; it appeared as though the eagle self-inflicted the wound during the night in the crate.

Latest Update: December 13, 2017

Bald Eagle #17-2705 finished his course of chelation therapy last week; results from a re-check lead analysis were “low”, indicating that the first course of treatment worked. The eagle has been gradually getting brighter, though the staff have had to intermittently hand- and tube-feed the eagle to ensure he’s receiving adequate nutrition. 

The veterinary team noted an abscess developing on the eagle’s fractured wing; on December 9, the eagle was taken to surgery to lance and drain the abscess. Radiographs taken that same day indicate that the eagle’s fractured ulna is healing. 

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: December 13, 2017

Bobcat #17-2495 is doing well in the Center’s Large Mammal Isolation enclosure. Critter Cam viewers have enjoyed keeping an eye out for her on camera; with the full run of the enclosure, the cat isn’t always in view, but she does enjoy napping in the sunshine throughout the day, which is plentiful in the enclosure where the cam is located. 

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: November 29, 2017

On November 27, the veterinary team sedated and anesthetized Bobcat #17-2495 for follow-up radiographs. It’s been more than six weeks since the bobcat’s initial surgery to pin her fractured leg.

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 30, 2017

Bobcat #17-2495 was moved to the connecting chute of the Center’s Large Mammal Isolation enclosure on October 21; this area is larger than the zinger crate in which the bobcat was initially housed but is still a restricted space until the cat’s leg fully heals.

The staff have been happy to report that the bobcat is walking and using all four legs normally – though sometimes instead of walking, the bobcat crouches in the corner and growls at the staff.

Additional radiographs will be taken on November 6.

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.

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.

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 #17-0744

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.