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May 22, 2019

The two Black Bear cubs are doing well in the Large Mammal enclosure, as many Critter Cam viewers have seen for themselves!

May 22, 2019

Black Bear #18-2926 has been doing well since his tooth extraction; the bear is eating regular food and has had no further issues. A biologist from the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries will pick up the bear for release, along with fellow yearling #19-0328, on Friday, May 24.

May 22, 2019

Peregrine Falcon #19-0940 has remained stable during the past week. Each day, the veterinary team monitors the bird’s respiratory rate along with its lung sounds. For the most part, the falcon has been breathing normally; occasionally the bird has an increased respiratory rate, but the lung and air sac sounds have been within normal limits, indicating that the ruptured air sac is not causing additional problems for the falcon.

May 20, 2019

American Toad #18-3152 has been doing well during the past month; the staff and toad have just been patiently waiting for more consistent temperatures this spring so the toad could be released! On May 14, the toad’s rescuer picked up the toad and returned her to the same general area where she was rescued last year.

The toad put on quite a bit of weight over the winter – her release weight was 113 grams, more than double her admission weight!

May 20, 2019

Barred Owl #19-0076 successfully passed “mouse school”, and with a good exercise report and pre-release blood work, the owl was declared ready for release. On May 15, the owl’s original rescuer came to the Center to pick up the bird and return it to its home habitat in Albemarle County.

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