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September 9, 2017

On Saturday, September 9, the veterinary team noted that the blood flow to HK's fractured right leg was not making any improvements, despite warm compresses and salt bath soaks, physical therapy, and laser therapy. The use of the eagle's left leg was unchanged. After the extensive morning treatments, Dr. Ernesto decided to check on the eagle again in the evening, and if there was no improvement, he would need to make a difficult decision. 

September 9, 2017

On September 9, Bald Eagles #17-0879 and #17-1354  were successfully released back to the wild at York River State Park. The weather was beautiful, and both birds flew off upon release – one even circled the crowd a couple of times before moving on.

 

September 9, 2017

Black Bear cub #17-2035 has been healing well during the past couple of weeks; the team has observed the cub placing weight on his healing leg, and the bear has been eating well. With the recent movement of Black Bear yearling #17-1767, cub #17-2035 was moved to the connecting chute of the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure.

September 9, 2017

On September 8, Dr. Peach darted and anesthetized Black Bear yearling #17-1767 so that she could examine and radiograph the yearling’s fractured leg. Today marks eight weeks since the bear’s surgery with Dr. Padron.

Dr. Peach found that the bear’s fractured leg has healed well; the fracture line is still visible, but a callus formation is present. The bear currently has a slightly decreased range of motion in his left elbow compared to his right, but nothing that is of concern right now. The bear is in great condition and weighed in at 27.4 kg.

September 8, 2017

Black Bear #17-1298 has been doing well the past few weeks; her hair coat has fully grown back in, and the bear is in great body condition. On September 7, a biologist with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries came to the Center to pick up the bear for release. The bear weighed in at 54.5 kg.

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