January 20, 2020

On Sunday, January 19, an Atlantic Puffin was admitted to the Wildlife Center – a very unusual species for the Center. Sadly, the bird had several health issues and died overnight. This was still a notable patient and interesting learning opportunity for the staff and students at the Center.  

January 20, 2020

On Saturday, January 18, the veterinary team anesthetized Black Bear #19-3305 for a follow-up physical examination, blood work, and skin scrapes.

Dr. Karra, the Center’s senior veterinary intern, found that the bear was in excellent body condition, with a body condition score of 3/5 [a score of 1/5 is very thin, and a score of 5/5 is very overweight].  The bear weighed 15 kg, which is more than double than her admission weight [7.3 kg]. A complete blood count was within normal limits and indicated that the bear’s anemia had resolved. The skin scrapes were negative for mites.

January 17, 2020

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. 

January 17, 2020

Black Bear #19-3292 [Green Tag] was sedated for a follow-up examination and skin scraping on January 16. Drs. Claire and Karra, the Center's veterinary interns, found that the bear was well hydrated and had an appropriate body condition -- a big improvement since the bear's admission last month. The bear weighed 20.0 kg, almost doubling in weight in a little more than a month!

A skin scraping did not show any sarcoptic mange mites, and the bear's blood work indicated that his anemia had also resolved. The bear was returned to the Center's Bear Pens.

January 10, 2020

On December 19, Dr. Karra noted that Toad #19-3281 has been eating well, and ...