Black Bear cubs of 2019 update

Happy Birthday, bears! Today is the median birth date for Black Bears in Virginia -- so at the Wildlife Center, any bears currently in care receive a birthday celebration. 

The rehabilitation staff created several bear cakes in the animal kitchen today, with the largest and heaviest cake created for the two bears in the Center's Black Bear Complex. The cake had four layers, full of fruit, dog food, goose meat, and tuna; the cake was assembled with peanut butter icing and topped with mealworms and crumbled cherry pie (typically only used for delivering required medications).

Rehabilitators Shannon and Kylee delivered the cake at about 1:00 p.m., though both bears were hunkered down in their large woodpile, which has been a favorite den during the cold weather. These two bears have generally avoided the rehabilitation staff during their time at the Center; with the colder weather coming, they are more interested in staying away from people and staying warm!

About 20 minutes after the cake was delivered, a titmouse joined the party!

By 3:30 p.m., there was still no sign of the bears, though many different species of birds had crashed the party, including a wren, a nuthatch, ravens, and many Turkey and Black vultures! Tune in via Critter Cam to see if you can catch a glimpse of the cake! 

The two bears in the Center's Bear Pens will each receive their small cake tomorrow; one bear is being fasted today due to a follow-up physical exam and skin scraping that's scheduled for tomorrow.