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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 21, 2018

On September 20, the Wildlife Center staff received a visit from a very unusual animal!

Earlier this month, a young two-headed Eastern Copperhead was found in Northern Virginia. The finder emailed the Virginia Herpetological Society for identification; DGIF was then alerted and the state herpetologist picked up the snake. This week, he brought it to the Wildlife Center for radiographs. Dr. Ernesto [who is a big fan of venomous snakes] examined the baby copperhead.

September 21, 2018

Canada Goose #18-2730 has been making small improvements during the past week, though additional diagnostics have revealed some significant health issues for the goose. Results from the goose’s biochemistry [blood work] came back, revealing that the bird had high cholesterol. The high cholesterol, combined with the goose’s low heart rate and enlarged heart, make it likely that the goose has atherosclerosis – plaque in its arteries.

September 21, 2018

On September 20, Dr. Peach darted and anesthetized Black Bear #18-2293 for a physical exam, blood work, and skin scraping. Overall, the bear showed signs of improvement; blood work had improved, and the bear’s fur has started to grow back. The bear still has crusty skin along her ears and some parts of her body, though many of the thickened scabs are flaking off. Skin scrapes were negative with no signs of mites, and the bear weighed 54.3 kg.  

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.

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