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May 26, 2020

On May 21, Woodland Box Turtle #20-0136 was moved from the Center's Reptile Room to the hallway of the Aviary enclosure to acclimate to the outdoors.  This patient continues to eat well and is gaining weight -- this turtle's most recent weigh-in shows that he is 44g!

The turtle is currently living in this outdoor protected space this week, getting exercise and getting used to the outdoors again.  At the end of this week, the turtle will be ready to return to the wild.

May 26, 2020

Toad #19-3281 continued to thrive in the Center's Reptile Room this past winter and early spring, and was released into the wild in its home territory on May 14!

Since this patient's last update, the toad continued to gain weight and the last weight record showed that the toad was 33 grams!  When this patient was admitted in December, it weighed only five grams.

May 26, 2020

The Wildlife Center staff are deeply saddened to report that Black Bear cub #20-0833 [Double Orange Tags] died on May 26. The bear appeared to be sleeping on the ground, though when other cubs moved the cub, it became clear that something was not quite right. Rehabilitators Kelsey and Shannon quickly went to check on the situation and found Double Orange, deceased. 

May 26, 2020

After Bald Eagle #20-0994 finished its course of chelation therapy last week, a repeat lead text revealed a "low" blood lead level, and the bird was moved to a small outdoor enclosure. Because lead can also be stored in the bones of an affected animal, the team decided to monitor the eagle in the outdoor space and re-test its lead levels in several days. On May 25, a repeat lead test revealed a level of 0.066 ppm, indicating that while the chelation therapy may have helped remove the lead from the eagle's blood, there was still lead in the bird's system.

May 26, 2020

Bald Eagle #20-0918 [RU] has been doing well in a small outdoor enclosure [C-pen] during the past week. The bird is readily eating on her own and has gained weight. In the next few days, the veterinary team anticipates that flight pen A1 will become available; the eagle will then be moved to this 100-foot space for assessment and flight conditioning. 

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