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May 21, 2018

This week, the Wildlife Center is celebrating World Turtle Day – which takes place on Wednesday, May 23. 

May 25, 2018

On May 24, a Black Bear cub was found by the side of the road in Highland County. The Department of Game & Inland Fisheries responded to the scene and were able to capture and transport the bear to the Wildlife Center.

Upon admission, Dr. Monica examined the small cub. There was blood coming from one of the bear’s hind legs; Dr. Monica found a significant laceration on the female cub’s back left leg, with exposed and ruptured muscle. Radiographs revealed fractures of the left tibia and femur. Blood work and a skin scraping were within normal limits. The bear weighed 2.18 kg.

May 25, 2018

Hooded Merganser #18-0742 is doing well; since being paired with its new Wood Duck friend [patient #18-0958], the little duckling has gained weight and is now 57 grams [increased from admission weight of 26 grams!]. The pair enjoys several short swim sessions each day; we managed to catch one recent swim on video!

May 23, 2018

During daily flight conditioning on May 13, rehabilitation staff noted an open sore-like wound on one of Bald Eagle 18-0132’s right toes; the wound was swollen and bleeding. The eagle was transferred to an indoor holding area, and the next day, Dr. Ernesto surgically debrided and closed the infected wound while the eagle was anesthetized. After disinfecting the area and applying medical honey, a protective bandage was applied.

May 23, 2018

Black Bear yearling #18-0624 has improved during the past week; the wildlife rehabilitation team reports that the bear is much brighter in the Bear Pen enclosure and is eating well. The bear is scheduled for follow-up radiographs and additional diagnostics, including an electrocardiogram, on May 31. The team hopes to see improvements in the bear’s heart rate.

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