October 19, 2018

Dr. Karra and veterinary technician intern Jess took Black Bear cub #18-2926 to Virginia Veterinary Surgical Associates on the morning of October 19 for surgery. Dr. Padron was able to successfully stabilize the bear’s fractured elbow; he was pleased with the outcome and the bear recovered well from anesthesia.

The bear will be placed in the small connecting chute between the two halves of the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure; this will give the bear limited space so that her elbow can heal in the coming weeks.

October 18, 2018

Canada Goose #18-2813 has been eating well during the past week in the Center’s aviary, along with Goose #18-2730. The young goose has no signs of injuries or trauma from its initial run-in with a dog. The veterinary team attempted to flight-test the goose last week without much success – while it appears as though the goose should be able to fly, it seems as though it doesn’t particularly want to. The rehabilitation team has noted that this goose is friendlier than they’d like.

October 18, 2018

Canada Goose #18-2730 has been doing well during the past week. The veterinary team discontinued daily monitoring of the goose’s heart rate after the improved blood work results; the team now gives the goose an overall health check once a week. The bird is eating well and swimming in the Center’s aviary.

October 17, 2018

On October 16, Dr. Ernesto performed surgery on Black Bear cub #18-2921’s fractured jaw. The surgery took longer than expected, and Dr. Ernesto had to adjust his plan several times to be able to successfully stabilize the jaw. In the end, Dr. Ernesto opted for an external fixator on the bear’s mandible, which should hold the bone fragments in place as the jaw starts to heal.

October 16, 2018

Hudson was transferred to the Wildlife Center in 2017 from another wildlife educator. Although Hudson’s full history is unknown, he was hatched in captivity, likely in 2005, and was used a falconry bird for a number of years before “retiring” as an education bird. In the wild, Gyrfalcons live in extreme Arctic and subarctic climates.  They are very rare visitors to Virginia; a wild Gyrfalcon admitted to the Wildlife Center in 1984 is recognized as the first recorded appearance for the species in Virginia.