On March 30, the Wildlife Center admitted an adult Deer Mouse that was stuck to a glue trap. On presentation, veterinary staff reported that the mouse was bright and alert, though covered in glue residue that would need to be removed before proceeding with an examination. The staff used gentle soap and water to carefully remove the sticky residue, revealing a wound on the mouse’s front left foot. Vet staff cleaned the wound, provided supportive fluids, and prepared an aquarium enclosure for the mouse to recover in.
Bear releases start next week!
On April 13, several biologists with the Department of Wildlife Resources will come to the Center to pick up six Black Bear yearlings. The bears will be released in groups of twos or threes in several different locations. The following day, on April 14, a DWR biologist will return for two more bears.
On release days, the bears will all be darted, sedated, examined, ear-tagged (all with green ear tags, one in each ear), weighed, and loaded into a transport trap. The rehabilitation staff plan to attend a couple of the releases next week.
Celebrate Spring with the Wildlife Center of Virginia's special Caring for Babies program!
This March, the Wildlife Center of Virginia admitted three Great Horned Owl hatchlings. These owlets, who were admitted as healthy orphans, will spend the spring, summer, and early fall at the Center, growing larger until they are ready to be released into the wild as mature owls. In order to learn the correct Great Horned Owl behaviors needed to survive in the wild, these three owlets are spending time with the Center’s non-releasable surrogate Great Horned Owl parent Papa G’Ho. As a surrogate, Papa is invaluable in helping these owls to prepare for life post-release.
During the past three weeks, veterinary staff have kept Bald Eagle #21-0214 in the Center’s indoor holding area for daily treatment and close observation. An in-house lead test revealed that chelation therapy has successfully removed the lead from the eagle’s system, and radiographs have shown slight improvement of the fracture in the eagle’s right wing.