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September 18, 2018

We’re currently taking pre-orders for a new shop item – just in time for fall! Celebrate your love of owls with this comfortable zip-up hoodie, designed by Kayla, the Center’s office manager. The front of the hoodie has the Wildlife Center’s name; the back features portraits of Quinn the Great Horned Owl, Gus the Barred Owl, and Alex the Eastern Screech-owl, three important members of the Center’s education ambassador team.

September 18, 2018

Black Bear #18-2293 has been improving since her treatment with antibiotics; the rehab staff report that the bear is eating well and has appeared brighter in recent weeks.

On Thursday, September 20, the bear will be darted and sedated for an additional physical exam, skin scraping, and follow-up blood work. As long as her skin scrape is negative and she is continuing to improve, she’ll be moved to yard #3 in the Center’s Black Bear Complex.

September 18, 2018

The four Great Horned Owlets have been doing well in A2 this summer. While the owls haven’t been in a “formal” exercise regimen, they have been active and flying in their large space. Now that fall is approaching, the owlets will be split up for additional exercise and live prey testing, to ensure that each young bird can successfully catch and kill its own food.

September 18, 2018

Black Bear #18-1952 is ready for release!

The veterinary team and biologists with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries conferred last week after the successful root canal of the bear’s injured tooth. Since the bear has made a full recovery from mange, nearly doubled her weight, and is ready for the fall and winter season, everyone decided it would be best to get the adult bear back to the wild.

September 18, 2018

Bald Eagle #18-2440 has been flying very well during the past two weeks, and is able to complete an average of 12 or more passes perch-to-perch during daily exercise sessions. The rehabilitation team reports that the bird has great height and form while flying, and bumped the eagle up to a goal of 15+ passes during each exercise session this week. Dr. Karra examined the bird’s sutures during a routine feet and feather check on September 17; the sutures were found to be clean and intact.  

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