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Mississippi Kite #22-2251

On July 9, an officer with the Henrico Animal Protection department found a young raptor on the side of the road with no trees or sign of a nest nearby. The officer picked up the bird and brought it to the Wildlife Center of Virginia that same day.

On admission, the young raptor was having difficulty breathing; the veterinary team found that the young bird had a puncture wound on the left side of its abdomen, along with significant bruising. The veterinary staff started the bird on a course of anti-inflammatories and placed it in a small enclosure with supplemental oxygen.

Peregrine Falcon #22-1633

On June 8, a hatch-year Peregrine Falcon was found injured on the ground in Norfolk, Virginia after hitting the side of a building during flight. The bird was rescued that same day by permitted rehabilitator Lisa Barlow of Tidewater Rehabilitation and Environmental Education and was transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on June 9.

Latest Update: August 19, 2022

During the week of August 8, Center staff determined that Peregrine Falcon #22-1633 was ready to begin an exercise and flight conditioning routine. Initially, Center staff planned to exercise the bird and continue providing supportive care until its potential release. After conferring with staff at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, the decision was made to transfer this falcon and Peregrine Falcon #22-1909 into the care of their permitted veterinary and rehabilitation staff. 

On June 8, a hatch-year Peregrine Falcon was found injured on the ground in Norfolk, Virginia after hitting the side of a building during flight. The bird was rescued that same day by permitted rehabilitator Lisa Barlow of Tidewater Rehabilitation and Environmental Education and was transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia on June 9.

Latest Update: August 9, 2022

Peregrine Falcon #22-1633 has been showing signs of recovery during the past month. Chelation therapy for the bird’s sub-clinical lead toxicosis was completed on June 14, and a blood sample drawn and tested on June 15 showed no signs of remaining lead in the falcon’s system.

Great Horned Owlet #22-0581

On April 18, a private citizen found a Great Horned Owl hatchling on the ground in Lancaster, Virginia. The owlet was too young to be out of its nest and was taken to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher for an exam. Dana found what she suspected was a fracture in the bird's right leg,  likely from falling out of its nest.  After several days of rehabilitative care, Dana transferred the owlet to the Wildlife Center. 

Latest Update: August 18, 2022

The four owlets have been doing well in flight pen A2 for the past month; regular Critter Cam viewers have likely noticed that the owlets are gradually losing their fuzzy downy head feathers and are starting to look more like adult owls.

On April 18, a private citizen found a Great Horned Owl hatchling on the ground in Lancaster, Virginia. The owlet was too young to be out of its nest and was taken to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher for an exam. Dana found what she suspected was a fracture in the bird's right leg,  likely from falling out of its nest.  After several days of rehabilitative care, Dana transferred the owlet to the Wildlife Center. 

Latest Update: July 12, 2022

During the past month, the owlets have continued to do well under Papa G'Ho's care, though they've had to share their enclosure with some unwanted guests -- a pair of skunks! The skunks have been digging an entryway into the owlets' enclosure from the outside, likely attracted to the leftover mice that the owlets drop on the ground. The skunks' boldness was a bit surprising given that Great Horned Owls often prey on skunks in the wild, but luckily Papa G'Ho and the owlets have shown no interest in the skunks.

On April 18, a private citizen found a Great Horned Owl hatchling on the ground in Lancaster, Virginia. The owlet was too young to be out of its nest and was taken to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher for an exam. Dana found what she suspected was a fracture in the bird's right leg,  likely from falling out of its nest.  After several days of rehabilitative care, Dana transferred the owlet to the Wildlife Center. 

Latest Update: June 17, 2022

During the past month, all four of the owlets currently housed in the A2 enclosure have been doing well under Papa G'Ho's parental care. The rehabilitation team has carefully monitored the owlets over Critter Cam #1 and noted that each bird has been active, eating well, and displaying species appropriate behavior. Each owlet is currently being fed 120g of rat and has gained weight since being admitted.

As of June 13, each owlet's weight was:

Great Horned Owlet #22-0508

On April 15, a private citizen found a Great Horned Owl nestling on the ground in Orange, Virginia. The citizen found two nests in the surrounding area, but they were located very far from where the owlet was found and close monitoring did not reveal any nest activity or indication that adults were present. The owlet was brought to the Center for rehabilitative care. 

Latest Update: August 18, 2022

The four owlets have been doing well in flight pen A2 for the past month; regular Critter Cam viewers have likely noticed that the owlets are gradually losing their fuzzy downy head feathers and are starting to look more like adult owls.

On April 15, a private citizen found a Great Horned Owl nestling on the ground in Orange, Virginia. The citizen found two nests in the surrounding area, but they were located very far from where the owlet was found and close monitoring did not reveal any nest activity or indication that adults were present. The owlet was brought to the Center for rehabilitative care. 

Latest Update: July 12, 2022

During the past month, the owlets have continued to do well under Papa G'Ho's care, though they've had to share their enclosure with some unwanted guests -- a pair of skunks! The skunks have been digging an entryway into the owlets' enclosure from the outside, likely attracted to the leftover mice that the owlets drop on the ground. The skunks' boldness was a bit surprising given that Great Horned Owls often prey on skunks in the wild, but luckily Papa G'Ho and the owlets have shown no interest in the skunks.

On April 15, a private citizen found a Great Horned Owl nestling on the ground in Orange, Virginia. The citizen found two nests in the surrounding area, but they were located very far from where the owlet was found and close monitoring did not reveal any nest activity or indication that adults were present. The owlet was brought to the Center for rehabilitative care. 

Latest Update: June 17, 2022

During the past month, all four of the owlets currently housed in the A2 enclosure have been doing well under Papa G'Ho's parental care. The rehabilitation team has carefully monitored the owlets over Critter Cam #1 and noted that each bird has been active, eating well, and displaying species appropriate behavior. Each owlet is currently being fed 120g of rat and has gained weight since being admitted.

As of June 13, each owlet's weight was:

Great Horned Owlet #22-0490

On April 14, the Center admitted two juvenile Great Horned Owls that were transferred from permitted wildlife rehabilitator Susan Shepperson. Both owlets are suspected orphans and were transferred to the Center to be paired with Papa G’Ho, the Center’s ambassador Great Horned Owl who acts as a surrogate parent to orphaned Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: August 18, 2022

The four owlets have been doing well in flight pen A2 for the past month; regular Critter Cam viewers have likely noticed that the owlets are gradually losing their fuzzy downy head feathers and are starting to look more like adult owls.

On April 14, the Center admitted two juvenile Great Horned Owls that were transferred from permitted wildlife rehabilitator Susan Shepperson. Both owlets are suspected orphans and were transferred to the Center to be paired with Papa G’Ho, the Center’s ambassador Great Horned Owl who acts as a surrogate parent to orphaned Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: July 12, 2022

During the past month, the owlets have continued to do well under Papa G'Ho's care, though they've had to share their enclosure with some unwanted guests -- a pair of skunks! The skunks have been digging an entryway into the owlets' enclosure from the outside, likely attracted to the leftover mice that the owlets drop on the ground. The skunks' boldness was a bit surprising given that Great Horned Owls often prey on skunks in the wild, but luckily Papa G'Ho and the owlets have shown no interest in the skunks.

On April 14, the Center admitted two juvenile Great Horned Owls that were transferred from permitted wildlife rehabilitator Susan Shepperson. Both owlets are suspected orphans and were transferred to the Center to be paired with Papa G’Ho, the Center’s ambassador Great Horned Owl who acts as a surrogate parent to orphaned Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: June 17, 2022

During the past month, all four of the owlets currently housed in the A2 enclosure have been doing well under Papa G'Ho's parental care. The rehabilitation team has carefully monitored the owlets over Critter Cam #1 and noted that each bird has been active, eating well, and displaying species appropriate behavior. Each owlet is currently being fed 120g of rat and has gained weight since being admitted.

As of June 13, each owlet's weight was:

On April 14, the Center admitted two juvenile Great Horned Owls that were transferred from permitted wildlife rehabilitator Susan Shepperson. Both owlets are suspected orphans and were transferred to the Center to be paired with Papa G’Ho, the Center’s ambassador Great Horned Owl who acts as a surrogate parent to orphaned Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: June 7, 2022

During the past month, the veterinary team has continued to treat owlet #22-0490 with a combination of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and pain medication. On May 8, veterinary staff took repeat radiographs of the owlet's right wing and were concerned that the bones around the owlet's elbow were beginning to fuse, which would cause a limited range of motion in the wing and difficulty flying.  In addition to the owlet's medication, veterinary staff began performing physical therapy to increase the range of motion in the owlet's wing and applied a body wrap.

On April 14, the Center admitted two juvenile Great Horned Owls that were transferred from permitted wildlife rehabilitator Susan Shepperson. Both owlets are suspected orphans and were transferred to the Center to be paired with Papa G’Ho, the Center’s ambassador Great Horned Owl who acts as a surrogate parent to orphaned Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: May 11, 2022

On May 7, the veterinary team took repeat radiographs of Great Horned Owlet #22-0489's right wing and discovered that the bird's ulna had fragmented at the site where the surgical pin was inserted. The radiographs also showed significant bony changes in the owlet's rights carpus, resulting in a very limited range of motion. Sadly, there was no form of treatment that could repair these injuries. The veterinary team made the decision to humanely euthanize the owlet.

On April 14, the Center admitted two juvenile Great Horned Owls that were transferred from permitted wildlife rehabilitator Susan Shepperson. Both owlets are suspected orphans and were transferred to the Center to be paired with Papa G’Ho, the Center’s ambassador Great Horned Owl who acts as a surrogate parent to orphaned Great Horned Owls.

Latest Update: May 5, 2022

Great Horned Owlet #22-0294

Great Horned Owlet #22-0294

On March 11, a private citizen in Moyock, North Carolina found a fledgling Great Horned Owl on the ground. When the citizen attempted to re-nest the bird, they found three dead siblings in the nest, a strong indicator that the owlet was orphaned. The rescuer brought the owlet to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher in Chesapeake, Virginia for an initial evaluation.

Latest Update: August 18, 2022

The four owlets have been doing well in flight pen A2 for the past month; regular Critter Cam viewers have likely noticed that the owlets are gradually losing their fuzzy downy head feathers and are starting to look more like adult owls.

On March 11, a private citizen in Moyock, North Carolina found a fledgling Great Horned Owl on the ground. When the citizen attempted to re-nest the bird, they found three dead siblings in the nest, a strong indicator that the owlet was orphaned. The rescuer brought the owlet to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher in Chesapeake, Virginia for an initial evaluation.

Latest Update: July 12, 2022

During the past month, the owlets have continued to do well under Papa G'Ho's care, though they've had to share their enclosure with some unwanted guests -- a pair of skunks! The skunks have been digging an entryway into the owlets' enclosure from the outside, likely attracted to the leftover mice that the owlets drop on the ground. The skunks' boldness was a bit surprising given that Great Horned Owls often prey on skunks in the wild, but luckily Papa G'Ho and the owlets have shown no interest in the skunks.

On March 11, a private citizen in Moyock, North Carolina found a fledgling Great Horned Owl on the ground. When the citizen attempted to re-nest the bird, they found three dead siblings in the nest, a strong indicator that the owlet was orphaned. The rescuer brought the owlet to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher in Chesapeake, Virginia for an initial evaluation.

Latest Update: June 17, 2022

During the past month, all four of the owlets currently housed in the A2 enclosure have been doing well under Papa G'Ho's parental care. The rehabilitation team has carefully monitored the owlets over Critter Cam #1 and noted that each bird has been active, eating well, and displaying species appropriate behavior. Each owlet is currently being fed 120g of rat and has gained weight since being admitted.

As of June 13, each owlet's weight was:

On March 11, a private citizen in Moyock, North Carolina found a fledgling Great Horned Owl on the ground. When the citizen attempted to re-nest the bird, they found three dead siblings in the nest, a strong indicator that the owlet was orphaned. The rescuer brought the owlet to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher in Chesapeake, Virginia for an initial evaluation.

Latest Update: May 5, 2022

Great Horned Owlet #22-0294

Bald Eagle #22-1462

On June 1, the Center admitted a juvenile Bald Eagle from Virginia Beach. A homeowner found the eagle in their yard and noticed that it was on the ground all day. Concerned that the eagle was injured, the homeowner contacted permitted wildlife rehabilitator Lisa Barlow, who sent another rehabilitator to rescue the eagle. The eagle was later transported to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: August 12, 2022

On August 12, Dr. Karra and a small group of Wildlife Center staff released Bald Eagles #22-0980 and #22-1462 at Lake Anna State Park for a sizable crowd -- about 150 members of the public were in attendance! 

On June 1, the Center admitted a juvenile Bald Eagle from Virginia Beach. A homeowner found the eagle in their yard and noticed that it was on the ground all day. Concerned that the eagle was injured, the homeowner contacted permitted wildlife rehabilitator Lisa Barlow, who sent another rehabilitator to rescue the eagle. The eagle was later transported to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: August 10, 2022

Bald Eagle #22-0980 and Bald Eagle #22-1462 have been doing well during the past month; both eagles have improved their physical strength and stamina during daily exercise sessions, regularly completing 10-15 passes of the A3 flight pen with proper form, maneuvering, and perching ability. After determining that both of these juvenile eagles were ready for life in the wild, a blood draw was completed on August 8 for pre-release analysis.

On June 1, the Center admitted a juvenile Bald Eagle from Virginia Beach. A homeowner found the eagle in their yard and noticed that it was on the ground all day. Concerned that the eagle was injured, the homeowner contacted permitted wildlife rehabilitator Lisa Barlow, who sent another rehabilitator to rescue the eagle. The eagle was later transported to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: July 14, 2022

During the past month, Bald Eagle #22-1462's condition has continued to improve with treatment. On June 9, the veterinary team moved the eagle to the Center's A3 flight pen, a large outdoor enclosure where the eagle will have more space as it recovers. By June 30, the eagle had completed its course of fungal medication and blood work revealed that the bird's anemia had resolved. The rehabilitation team has started exercising the eagle daily to help it build up the strength and stamina needed to return to wild.

Bald Eagle #22-0980

On May 11, two Bald Eaglets were admitted to the Wildlife Center from Lake Anna, Virginia. Both birds were found on the ground; while an adult eagle was seen flying in the area, both young birds appeared to be lethargic and possibly injured. A Louisa County animal control officer was able to contain both birds and transported them to the Center.

On admission, veterinary director Dr. Karra examined the birds. No injuries were found on the physical exams or radiographs. Both eaglets received fluids and were set up in the Center’s holding room for care and observation.

Latest Update: August 12, 2022

On August 12, Dr. Karra and a small group of Wildlife Center staff released Bald Eagles #22-0980 and #22-1462 at Lake Anna State Park for a sizable crowd -- about 150 members of the public were in attendance! 

On May 11, two Bald Eaglets were admitted to the Wildlife Center from Lake Anna, Virginia. Both birds were found on the ground; while an adult eagle was seen flying in the area, both young birds appeared to be lethargic and possibly injured. A Louisa County animal control officer was able to contain both birds and transported them to the Center.

On admission, veterinary director Dr. Karra examined the birds. No injuries were found on the physical exams or radiographs. Both eaglets received fluids and were set up in the Center’s holding room for care and observation.

Latest Update: August 10, 2022

Bald Eagle #22-0980 and Bald Eagle #22-1462 have been doing well during the past month; both eagles have improved their physical strength and stamina during daily exercise sessions, regularly completing 10-15 passes of the A3 flight pen with proper form, maneuvering, and perching ability. After determining that both of these juvenile eagles were ready for life in the wild, a blood draw was completed on August 8 for pre-release analysis.

On May 11, two Bald Eaglets were admitted to the Wildlife Center from Lake Anna, Virginia. Both birds were found on the ground; while an adult eagle was seen flying in the area, both young birds appeared to be lethargic and possibly injured. A Louisa County animal control officer was able to contain both birds and transported them to the Center.

On admission, veterinary director Dr. Karra examined the birds. No injuries were found on the physical exams or radiographs. Both eaglets received fluids and were set up in the Center’s holding room for care and observation.

Latest Update: July 26, 2022

During the past two months, Bald Eaglet #22-0980 has continued to do well. By June 30, the eaglet was old enough to start making short flights and was given access to the entire A3 flight pen. Rehabilitation staff have been exercising the bird daily to help it build up its flight strength and stamina. The eaglet began with only 5-10 flight passes per day, but was increased to 10-15 flight passes on July 17. The rehabilitation team reports that the eaglet needs to improve its maneuvering and landings, but is otherwise flying well. 

Black Bear cubs of 2022

In April 2022, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until spring 2023, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. 

Latest Update: August 11, 2022

On August 9, the veterinary team was able to sedate and anesthetize Black Bear #22-1448 [Double Orange tags], who has been housed in the Center's Bear Pens this summer, so that he could be moved to the Black Bear Complex. Dr. Karra reports that the bear is in good condition, and weighed in at 17 kg.

In April 2022, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until spring 2023, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. 

Latest Update: August 2, 2022

After Double Blue tags escaped into the perimeter of the Black Bear Complex on July 23, the staff carefully checked the complex to determine how the cub had gotten out. The staff realized that the hotwire that runs around the interior fences of each yard was not functioning properly; Dr. Karra was able to find the issue and repair it.

In April 2022, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until spring 2023, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. 

Latest Update: July 23, 2022

On the morning of July 23, the rehabilitation team discovered that Black Bear cub #22-0685 (Double Blue tags) managed to escape the bear yard into the complex perimeter. Rehabilitation staff were able to safely capture the cub and placed him in the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure with cub #22-1087 [female] and Double White tags. 

In April 2022, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until spring 2023, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. 

Latest Update: July 21, 2022

On July 21, the veterinary team started moving the cubs of 2022 to the Black Bear Complex! After a week of cleaning up the bear yard and making final checks and fixes, the staff were ready to move the largest of the cubs to yard #2 in the complex. One finishing touch that was added to the yard was a very large firehose hammock that was created by Center volunteer J.J. and some friends – the hammock should be plenty large enough to hold all five cubs if they so choose!

In April 2022, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until spring 2023, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. 

Latest Update: July 5, 2022

During the past few days, Black Bear cub #22-1376 [Double White Tags] has been doing well in the connecting chute of the Large Mammal enclosure. The cub is able to walk and climb well with his healed leg. While the team initially wanted to cage rest him for a few more days, the staff decided to shuffle the cubs around to accommodate the increased energy levels of the growing cubs.

In April 2022, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until spring 2023, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. 

Latest Update: June 17, 2022

The three Black Bear cubs currently housed in the right side of the Large Mammal enclosure have been doing well during the past week. The cubs are quite active and Critter Cam viewers have been able to watch these three cubs play and explore together. 

As of June 13, weights were: 

Black Bear cub #22-0462: 11.2 kg
Black Bear cub #22-0685: 6.0 kg
Black Bear cub #22-1087: 3.62 kg

In April 2022, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until spring 2023, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. 

Latest Update: June 8, 2022

During this past weekend, the rehabilitation staff decided to move Black Bear #22-0462 to the right side of the LMI, to be with the two smaller cubs in care. Cub #0462 had been housed with cub #22-1448 [Double Orange Tags], though the newcomer had continued to show no desire to interact with the cub, but did exhibit some pacing behavior. The three cubs in Large Mammal started interacting and playing at once.

In April 2022, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until spring 2023, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. 

Latest Update: June 2, 2022

During the past week, the cubs in the Center’s LMI enclosure have continued to gain weight. As of June 2, weights were:

Black Bear cub #22-0462: 9.0 kg
Black Bear cub #22-0685: 5.25 kg
Black Bear cub #22-1087: 3.0 kg

The smallest cub, female #22-1087, is now large enough to live in one of the main Large Mammal Isolation enclosures.

In April 2022, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until spring 2023, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. 

Latest Update: May 26, 2022

The three Black Bear cubs at the Wildlife Center are doing well – all three are eating and gaining weight. Black Bear cub #22-0685 [shaved shoulder], the second male cub admitted this year, is splitting his time between his two playmates – at night, he is placed into the chute with cub #22-1087 (the small female), and during the day, he romps and plays with the largest cub #22-0462.

In April 2022, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year's bear cubs from several locations throughout Virginia. The young bears will be cared for by the Wildlife Center until spring 2023, at the time when they would begin naturally dispersing from their mothers. 

Latest Update: May 17, 2022

The first two Black Bear cubs of 2022 are doing well -- both are eating and gaining weight! With consistently warmer temperatures, both bears were moved to the Center's Large Mammal enclosure on May 11. They were transported in the Center's brand-new Polaris!

Peregrine Falcon #22-1909

On June 19, a banded Peregrine Falcon fledgling was found grounded on the James River Bridge in Newport News, Virginia. The falcon was unable to fly and was taken to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Dana Lusher. After several days in Dana's care, the bird was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Latest Update: August 10, 2022

Throughout June and July, Peregrine Falcon #22-1909 continued to show signs of recovery. On July 5, the falcon had completed its course of anti-parasitic medication, and a subsequent fecal test showed that the medication successfully cleared the parasites from its system. Two days later, the falcon was moved to one of the Center's C-pens -- outdoor enclosures where raptors may spend time acclimating before transitioning to a larger flight pen. During this time, the rehabilitation team kept a close eye on the falcon's feet to monitor for bumblefoot but did not see any worsening signs. 

Black Bear 22-1286

On May 24, a yearling Black Bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Montgomery County, Virginia. The bear had been spotted in someone's yard for several days; while yearling bears are old enough to be on their own at this time of year, this bear appeared very thin and in need of assistance. The bear was able to be contained and the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources transported him to the Wildlife Center. 

Latest Update: July 14, 2022

During the past week, the rehabilitation staff have been carefully assessing Black Bear yearling #22-1286 in the Black Bear Complex. When the bear moved to the new area last week, the staff placed at least a week’s worth of food in the Bear Yard transition area. Since the staff have not had to deliver food within the past week, the checks that have taken place have mainly ensured that the bear has water, and provide a couple of brief behavioral assessments.

On May 24, a yearling Black Bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Montgomery County, Virginia. The bear had been spotted in someone's yard for several days; while yearling bears are old enough to be on their own at this time of year, this bear appeared very thin and in need of assistance. The bear was able to be contained and the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources transported him to the Wildlife Center. 

Latest Update: July 5, 2022

During the past month, the staff have continued to assess Black Bear yearling #22-1286. The bear has been eating well and ambulating normally, though the staff still have some lingering concerns about the bear’s response to humans when food is delivered. While the bear isn’t “friendly” and does generally seem shy of humans, when staff drops the food each day, the yearling immediately comes out and eats before the staff leave.

On May 24, a yearling Black Bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Montgomery County, Virginia. The bear had been spotted in someone's yard for several days; while yearling bears are old enough to be on their own at this time of year, this bear appeared very thin and in need of assistance. The bear was able to be contained and the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources transported him to the Wildlife Center. 

Latest Update: June 9, 2022

Black Bear yearling #22-1286 has been recovering quietly in the Center’s Bear Pens in the weeks since his admission. Though the bear is not extremely active in front of staff, based on observation, the yearling appears to be able to ambulate normally around his enclosure. The staff have noted that he remains very interested in food deliveries, though this behavior may be due to his underweight condition and chronic lack of food prior to arriving at the Center.

Black Bear cub #22-1376

On Sunday, May 29, an injured male Black Bear cub was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Nelson County after it has been spotted in the road for two days.  The Center's veterinary team examined the small cub and found that he had a humeral fracture of his right front leg. Blood work revealed that the bear was also slightly anemic, likely due to blood loss due to the traumatic injury. No other injuries were found.

Latest Update: June 30, 2022

On June 30, the veterinary team sedated Black Bear cub #22-1376 for another set of radiographs to evaluate the cub’s healing leg fracture. Dr. Karra noted that the incision site was healing very well, and the bear’s range of motion was excellent. Radiographs showed a completely healed fracture, with no movement or abnormalities associated with the metal plate. Dr. Karra sent the images to Dr. Stiffler, who was also pleased with the status of the bear’s injury. While the bear was under anesthesia, the staff placed a white ear tag in each ear.

On Sunday, May 29, an injured male Black Bear cub was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Nelson County after it has been spotted in the road for two days.  The Center's veterinary team examined the small cub and found that he had a humeral fracture of his right front leg. Blood work revealed that the bear was also slightly anemic, likely due to blood loss due to the traumatic injury. No other injuries were found.

Latest Update: June 17, 2022

On June 16, the veterinary team sedated Black Bear cub #22-1376 to recheck the bear’s humeral fracture.  The bear has reportedly been using his leg well in his confined space. Dr. Karra reported that, on examination, the cub's leg felt very stable and his range of motion was excellent. Dr. Karra cleaned the incision site well and applied a liquid bandage spray to offer some additional protection.

On Sunday, May 29, an injured male Black Bear cub was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Nelson County after it has been spotted in the road for two days.  The Center's veterinary team examined the small cub and found that he had a humeral fracture of his right front leg. Blood work revealed that the bear was also slightly anemic, likely due to blood loss due to the traumatic injury. No other injuries were found.

Latest Update: June 9, 2022

In the week following his surgery, Black Bear cub #22-1376 has been recovering well in his Zinger crate, which is located in the vestibule of the Center’s Large Mammal enclosure. The veterinary team is keeping the bear mildly sedated during the initial period of his most strict cage rest. The cub has been eating well and gaining weight.

On Sunday, May 29, an injured male Black Bear cub was admitted to the Wildlife Center from Nelson County after it has been spotted in the road for two days.  The Center's veterinary team examined the small cub and found that he had a humeral fracture of his right front leg. Blood work revealed that the bear was also slightly anemic, likely due to blood loss due to the traumatic injury. No other injuries were found.

Latest Update: June 2, 2022

Dr. Karra reports that the surgery for Black Bear cub #22-1376 went well! Dr. Karra and LVT Jess Ransier left the Center at about 7:30 am on the morning of June 2 with the bear. The staff at VVS had Dr. Karra and Jess present the bear’s case at the hospital’s daily rounds prior to surgery. Board-certified surgeon Dr. Kevin Stiffler and the VVS team were able to successfully repair the bear’s fracture during the surgery, which lasted a couple of hours. The bear recovered well before his trip back to the Wildlife Center.

Black Bear cub #22-1448 [Double Orange Tags]

On the night of May 31, a Black Bear sow was hit and killed by a vehicle in Loudoun County. Virginia Department of Wildlife Resource biologists responded to the scene and found a bear cub that had climbed a nearby tree.  Biologists Jordan and Carl worked well into the night to extract the orphaned cub from a tree; they were finally successful the following morning at 4:00 am! Carl transported the cub to the Wildlife Center just hours later as staff arrived at work.

Black Bear cub #22-1087

On the afternoon of Sunday, May 15, a small Black Bear cub was rescued from a tree in Salem, Virginia. The bear had been seen in the same tree for 36 hours with no sign of a sow. The cub was first taken to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke for overnight care, then transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia the following morning. 

Black Bear cub #22-0685

On April 26, property owners in Greene County found a young Black Bear cub in their barn, under a tractor, just hours after a severe storm rolled through central Virginia. There were no signs of the mother bear that evening or the next morning, and after a discussion with the Department of Wildlife Resources, the rescuers brought the cub to the Wildlife Center on April 27. 

Latest Update: May 6, 2022

During the past week, Black Bear cub #22-0685’s condition has improved. Rehabilitation staff report that the cub was happy to eat his meal on the morning of May 1 after being transitioned back to a Zinger crate near Black Bear cub #22-0462. The cub is still underweight and in thin body condition, but his appetite has continued to grow throughout the week, resulting in a slight increase in weight. On May 5, the cub weighed in at 1.70 kg -- 30 g heavier than his intake weight of 1.40 kg.

Black Bear cub #22-0462

On April 11, a private citizen in Augusta County saw a young Black Bear cub in a tree near a residential area. Following a period of observation, no adult bears were seen in the area. The concerned citizen captured the cub on their own, fed the cub an unknown amount of cow’s milk, and began driving with the bear toward the Wildlife Center for assistance. While en route, the rescuer contacted the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources for further guidance.

Latest Update: May 3, 2022

During the past eight days, Black Bear cub #22-0462 has continued to receive care at the Wildlife Center of Virginia and is doing well. In between scheduled feedings, the cub has been spending time in a large zinger crate in a small quiet space. 

On April 11, a private citizen in Augusta County saw a young Black Bear cub in a tree near a residential area. Following a period of observation, no adult bears were seen in the area. The concerned citizen captured the cub on their own, fed the cub an unknown amount of cow’s milk, and began driving with the bear toward the Wildlife Center for assistance. While en route, the rescuer contacted the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources for further guidance.

Latest Update: April 25, 2022

It’s been two weeks since Black Bear cub #22-0462’s admission; during that time, Wildlife Center staff have been in close contact with biologists at the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources to discuss options for finding another bear friend for this young cub. Raising young mammals together at a vulnerable stage in their development is an important part of rehabilitation; whether natural siblings or introduced ones, infant and young juvenile mammals received comfort and learn preliminary social skills when raised together.

On April 11, a private citizen in Augusta County saw a young Black Bear cub in a tree near a residential area. Following a period of observation, no adult bears were seen in the area. The concerned citizen captured the cub on their own, fed the cub an unknown amount of cow’s milk, and began driving with the bear toward the Wildlife Center for assistance. While en route, the rescuer contacted the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources for further guidance.

Latest Update: April 22, 2022

Black Bear cub #22-0462 has been settling in well during the past week. Wildlife rehabilitation supervisor Kelsey reports that the cub wants nothing to do with his bottle of formula, but is readily eating his thickened formula from a mush bowl three times a day. As of April 21, the cub weighs 3.08 kg.

Eastern Screech-Owl #21-0509

On April 12, a visitor at Booker T. Washington Park in Charlottesville found a young fledgling Eastern Screech-Owl on the ground.

Latest Update: November 30, 2021

In August, Dr. Karra made the official decision that Eastern Screech-Owl #21-0509 was non-releasable due to permanent neurologic deficits. Since the outreach department has been open to accepting a new education screech-owl ambassador, Vice President for Outreach & Education Amanda decided to start an assessment to see if this owl could be a good fit.

On April 12, a visitor at Booker T. Washington Park in Charlottesville found a young fledgling Eastern Screech-Owl on the ground.

Latest Update: July 22, 2021

Eastern Screech-Owl #21-0509 has been doing well in his enclosure, along with several other young screech-owls. The bird no longer has any discernable head tilt, can successfully feed himself, and has been able to move to different perches within the enclosure. Within the past two weeks, the staff began a regular exercise program for all young owlets, in preparation for releasing them sometime during August. Unfortunately, the staff quickly discovered that, in a larger flight space, the Eastern Screech-Owl is having difficulty flying and navigating a larger space.

On April 12, a visitor at Booker T. Washington Park in Charlottesville found a young fledgling Eastern Screech-Owl on the ground.

Latest Update: June 22, 2021

Eastern Screech-Owl #21-0509 has been doing well in one of the Center's B-pens, along with three other owlets. The owlet's severe head tilt has improved in the past two weeks, though a slight head tilt remains. The owlet has not yet started a daily exercise program since its flight feathers are still growing, but the rehabilitation staff have observed the young bird making short flights around the small flight enclosure.

On April 12, a visitor at Booker T. Washington Park in Charlottesville found a young fledgling Eastern Screech-Owl on the ground.

Latest Update: June 2, 2021

During the past two weeks, the veterinary team has carefully monitored Eastern Screech-Owl #21-0509 for signs of improvement. The young bird still has a significant head tilt, though the team feels that there was a slight improvement after multiple weeks of wearing a small neck brace. Another lead text on May 26 revealed a "low" level, indicating that perhaps the lead has finally been removed from the young bird's system. 

On April 12, a visitor at Booker T. Washington Park in Charlottesville found a young fledgling Eastern Screech-Owl on the ground.

Latest Update: May 19, 2021

Eastern Screech-Owl #21-0509 has been continuing to recover from lead toxicity and associated neurologic issues. The young owl has had a number of lead tests to re-check blood lead levels; while some tests have returned at "low" levels, subsequent tests revealed an elevated level of lead again. Since lead accumulates in the bones of affected birds, treating lead in some individuals can be a prolonged process. 

On April 12, a visitor at Booker T. Washington Park in Charlottesville found a young fledgling Eastern Screech-Owl on the ground.

Latest Update: May 6, 2021

Eastern Screech-Owl #21-0509 has remained in the Center's indoor Hold area during the past 11 days, where veterinary staff have been keeping a close watch on the bird's overall condition. On May 5, an secondary set of radiographs were taken, identifying a skull fracture that the veterinarians suspected may have been present on admission. While the precise circumstance of this injury is not known, it's possible that lead toxicity left this fledgling owl more susceptible to physical trauma. 

On April 12, a visitor at Booker T. Washington Park in Charlottesville found a young fledgling Eastern Screech-Owl on the ground.

Latest Update: April 26, 2021

During the past week, Eastern Screech-Owl #21-0509 has made some slow improvements. The little owl no longer requires oxygen therapy and is able to be housed in a crate, where the bird is generally quiet, alert, and reactive. The owl still has a significant head tilt, which has made feeding an enormous challenge. The owl can ingest very small pieces of food and is able to partially hold onto larger pieces of food and tear off small soft bites.

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