November 13, 2019

Clapper Rail #19-3171 has been doing well and gaining weight while in care at the Center. During the past few days, the rehabilitation staff have noted minor bumblefoot lesions -- an inflammatory condition of the feet -- on the rail’s feet.  This issue can be a complication in captivity because of continued exposure to the rocky terrain in the Aviary enclosure -- material that rails feet are not usually subjected to in their marshy habitat.  Despite bumblefoot being an issue in captivity, it is likely to resolve on its own once the bird is returned to its natural habitat in the wild. 

November 13, 2019

The two Black Bear cubs are doing well in the Black Bear Complex at the Center.  As many Critter Cam viewers can attest, the two young females have put on quite a lot of weight in the past two months!

Recently, the bears enjoyed a very special meal of restaurant-grade salmon – a local restaurant received their ordered shipment of fish, but while the salmon was still cold, it wasn’t frozen, which meant they were unable to serve the fish to humans. Instead, they donated the cold salmon to the Center – and the bears enjoyed an extra special meal!


November 13, 2019

Bobcat #19-2408 has been doing well during the past month in the Center’s Large Mammal Isolation (LMI) enclosure. The rehabilitation staff opened up both sides of the enclosure, so the young cat has plenty of space to explore. Wildlife rehabilitator Kelsey notes that the Bobcat is still very wary and uninterested in humans.

The rehabilitation extern students have enjoyed making a variety of enrichment items for the juvenile cat – including a specially carved pumpkin!

November 8, 2019

Clapper Rail patient #19-3171 was admitted on November 4, after it was kept for an extended period of time after the finder observed the bird unable to walk properly.  Upon presentation, the patient was bright and alert and walking around.  Dr. Ernesto noted some missing secondary feathers on the bird’s left wing, as well as reduced range of motion in the bird’s left hip joint. The missing feathers could have been a result of previous trauma, or inadequate housing while inappropriately kept.  After taking radiographs, Dr.

October 29, 2019

Throughout the weekend, the staff continued to mist and care for Pied-billed Grebe #19-3094, including hand-feeding the bird since it showed no ability to find food in its enclosure and feed itself. On Monday, October 28, the veterinary team critically evaluated the grebe and found that the bird was still avisual – while the grebe may have been slightly responsive in its right eye, it appeared entirely blind in the left eye. This issue continues to support the theory that the bird sustained damage to its optic nerve.