Violet was found in the fall of 2020 with injuries to her toes and tail and was taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator in southwest Virginia. The injuries were not life-threatening, though Violet was friendlier than expected for an opossum her age, raising some questions about what had happened prior to her rescue. While the young opossum's injuries healed, her missing digits and amputated tail would limit her climbing abilities. Center outreach staff began working with Violet in the fall of 2020, and she officially joined the outreach ambassador team in late December 2020.
Marigold was admitted to the Center as a patient in October 2020 after she was struck by a car in Middle River, Virginia. Unfortunately, her eyes were damaged in the collision, which left her completely blind in her right eye and with limited vision in her left eye. Without adequate eyesight, Marigold would not be able to survive in the wild. Center outreach staff began working with her in the fall of 2020 and determined that, despite her limited vision, she was able to navigate her enclosure and find her food.
Bald Eagle #21-0013 has been doing well in the days following his admission; Dr. Cam, one of the Center's veterinary interns, noted that the puncture wound on the eagle's leg has improved, with no signs of swelling or discharge. On Sunday, January 10, the eagle was moved to outdoor flight pen A1 for additional observation. The eagle is still being treated with an oral chelation therapy for the low lead levels.
Bald Eagle ND has been stable in the first few days following his admission and treatment. While it will likely take some time for the many serious puncture wounds and lacerations to heal, the veterinary team is encouraged that the eagle's wounds are clean and starting to heal, particularly around the bird's face and neck. The eagle will finish his first course of chelation therapy on January 13; another lead test will be run the following day.
On January 7, two adult Bald Eagles were found down in a field in Virginia Beach. The birds had their talons locked together, and did not fly away when approached; the birds were able to be captured and taken to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator. Both birds were transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia the following morning.