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August 13, 2019

On July 30, the Wildlife Center admitted a female Bobcat kitten from Floyd County, Virginia. The rescuer found the young bobcat inside a chicken coop and no adult bobcat was observed nearby.

Upon arrival to the hospital, the bobcat was bright, feisty, and growling. An initial examination revealed that the kitten was thin and dehydrated with ticks around her ears and eyes. Blood work, radiographs, and the rest of her physical exam were unremarkable. The veterinary team gave the bobcat fluids and sprayed her with a topical treatment for fleas and ticks.

August 13, 2019

Eastern Ratsnake #19-2127 has been healing well following surgery in mid-July; the snake has been eating in captivity, and by the second week of August, the incision site had fully healed. The staff took pre-release bloodwork and declared that the snake was ready for release; they’ll coordinate release with the snake’s rescuers so that the snake can return to its home range.

August 13, 2019

By August 1, Turkey Vulture #19-2282 had gained nearly 500 grams, and weighed in at 1.47 kg. On August 2, the veterinary team anesthetized the young bird for follow-up radiographs and blood work. No more metal objects were seen in the bird’s GI tract, indicating that the vulture had fully passed all of the suspected pieces of lead. A repeat lead test showed a level of 0.084 ppm – a low level no longer requiring treatment.

August 13, 2019

Bald Eaglets #19-1678 and #19-1013 have been doing well in flight pen A3 this summer. Both started exercise on July 31, and quickly advanced to the optimum level of exercise; both birds are flying at least 15 passes perch-to-perch during their daily exercise. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelsey will assess the young eaglets this week to see if the team can start thinking about a release later this month.

August 9, 2019

Repairs and preparation of the Black Bear Complex continue, though are not yet complete! The plumbing issues have been fixed, though the construction company will be back one more time to work on a sliding door gate to one of the bear yards, which is difficult to open due to erosion issues. An amazing crew of volunteers has been working on trimming all the tree limbs around the fences; this work is nearly complete.

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