June 19, 2018

Three weeks following her amputation surgery, Woodland Box Turtle #18-1182 is doing well; she has a healthy appetite and a bright attitude. The amputation site is healing nicely, with no signs of inflammation or infection. Now that the surgical site is healing, Dr. Ingrid approved the turtle to begin soaking in shallow water a few times a week; this will help the turtle remain well-hydrated during her recovery.

June 18, 2018

Last month, Dr. Peach and wildlife rehabilitator Brie went out in the field with a DGIF biologist to hang several trail cameras ... 

June 18, 2018

Last week, the cubs began Dr. Peach’s study on a new drug for treating mange in Black Bears. The cubs received the medication on Thursday and had blood draws on Friday; everything went smoothly. Dr. Peach had the opportunity to check each cub thoroughly during the blood draw process; she said all 10 cubs appeared to be in good condition. Some of the cubs still have some hair loss due to ringworm, but overall, they look good and no additional hair loss has developed.  The next blood draw for the study will take place on Thursday, June 21.

June 18, 2018

On June 17, the veterinary team anesthetized Black Bear cub #18-1089 for radiographs and a bandage change. The cub has been contained in a Zinger crate to limit her movement during the healing period, though the rehabilitation staff have reported that the cub has been a difficult patient, since she likes to knock over her water, which gets her bandage wet.

June 15, 2018

Black Bear yearling #18-1120 was anesthetized on June 14 for a follow-up physical exam and radiographs, after the staff became increasingly concerned about the bear’s condition. Dr. Monica found that the bear had very thin, pliable skin and a worsening hair coat; the bear was also very thin and had not gained any weight despite eating consistently since her admission.