November 27, 2018

Many supporters heard of the severe ice storm that struck the Center on November 15. The weather started off with icy conditions that morning; by mid-afternoon, the Center lost power. The trees were weighed down heavily, and limbs and entire trees started falling. With very wet conditions, the root systems of other trees simply gave way.

December 6, 2018

On the morning of November 26, staff at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News reported seeing a Bald Eagle on the ground, unable to fly.  Local permitted rehabilitators responded, and with the assistance of staff, located the bird in a wooded area of the memorial park.  The eagle was quickly caught.  A field exam revealed a broken left humerus with along with swelling in the left shoulder and mild dehydration.  The bird’s wing was wrapped and a small amount of oral fluids were provided prior to the eagle being transported the Wildlife Center for further care.

December 4, 2018

On December 3, Bald Eagle #18-2865 had a follow-up eye examination to check on the retinal tear that the veterinary team noted on admission. The eye appears stable, and, at this point, should not compromise the eagle’s eventual release. One additional eye examination is scheduled for later this month; the Center veterinarians typically like to observe raptor eye injuries for three months to ensure they aren’t deteriorating. 

December 4, 2018

On November 15, a severe ice storm hit Waynesboro, causing power outages and multiple downed trees and limbs.  A large tree limb fell on the roof of the bear pens, damaging the roof. The following day, the staff moved Black Bear cub #18-3024 [Orange/Yellow Tag] to a zinger crate in the Center’s isolation room; the staff did not want to introduce the bear to any other bears until the cub had another skin scraping to check for mange mites.

December 4, 2018

On November 13, Black Bear cub #18-2983 [Red/White Tag] was anesthetized for an additional skin scraping to check for mange mites. The sedation and anesthesia were uneventful, and the staff were pleased to find no sign of mites on examination. The bear weighed 7.30 kg – about 2 kg more than her admission weight.