Please join us on Tuesday, November 28 for Giving Tuesday – and special behind-the-scenes opportunities to see the life-saving work made possible through your donations to the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
As one of the world’s leading teaching hospitals for wildlife medicine, the Wildlife Center of Virginia has a core mission to teach the world to care about and care for wildlife and the environment. This news page collects stories of the Center’s expertise in action.
Happy Thanksgiving, from the Wildlife Center of Virginia!
Many Americans are busily preparing for their Thanksgiving meals, planning and creating various tasty dishes to share with family and friends. The staff at the Center are also checking their ingredients and updating their guest list -- at this point, the staff expects a crowd of more than 130!
On October 31, two Bald Eagles were observed fighting one another above an area of open water in Norfolk, Virginia. After becoming entangled in mid-air, both birds fell into the water and were unable to take flight. The eagles were rescued by permitted local wildlife rehabilitator Lisa Barlow and staff at Tidewater Wildlife Rescue and were taken to Midway Veterinary Hospital for stabilizing care before being transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia the following day.
On October 27, an adult Bald Eagle -- designated as patient #23-3749 -- was admitted to the Wildlife Center of Virginia from Lancaster County after being found on the ground unable to fly. The veterinary and rehabilitation staff regularly anticipate caring for dozens of Bald Eagles each year, but this specific individual represented an incredible milestone in the Center’s history: its arrival marked the highest number of Bald Eagles admitted during a single year since the Center’s founding in 1982.
On October 23, Chesapeake Animal Services responded to a call regarding an adult Bald Eagle that was down and unable to fly. An animal control officer contained the bird and brought it to permitted wildlife rehabilitator Lisa Barlow, who provided supportive care overnight. The eagle was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia the following day for evaluation.
On October 28, a local resident discovered an Eastern American Toad on her porch with bleeding lacerations on its back. The resident contained the toad, rinsed its wounds with distilled water, and made sure to keep it moist overnight. The next day, they brought the toad to the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
November 3, 2023, marks the eighth annual One Health Day -- a global campaign that celebrates and raises awareness of the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health. Each aspect is equal, important, and delicately intertwined.