July 7, 2019

On July 6, the Wildlife Center admitted patient #19-2070, the 80,000th patient admitted to the Wildlife Center since its founding in 1982. 

July 5, 2019

During the last week of June, Dr. Ernesto creanced Bald Eagle #19-0031 – the bird was flown in an open area, attached to a long line of rope, allowing the veterinary staff to assess the bird’s flight in a less restricted space. Dr. Ernesto was not impressed with the bird’s flight capabilities in this setting, which more closely resembles how the bird would be expected to fly in the wild.

July 4, 2019

In June 2013, Sheldon was found at the Natural Chimney Park and Campground – her carapace [upper shell] was entirely painted in a variety of bright paints and fingernail polish. She also had an abscess on her back left leg. Over the course of several weeks, Center veterinarians were able to slowly and carefully remove the paint, and also treated her infected leg.

July 2, 2019

On June 27, the veterinary team checked the bars on Bog Turtle #19-0945’s shell, and determined that the shell fracture had healed nicely, and that the bars could be removed. On July 1, a blood sample was drawn for analysis; the technician team found that blood work was within normal limits, and the staff could start planning for the turtle’s release.

The staff will coordinate the release with the biologist and Virginia Tech professor who were involved with this turtle’s rescue and transportation.

July 2, 2019

On July 1, wildlife rehab intern Kylee went into the A2 flight enclosure to feed and water the Great Horned Owl family – Papa G’Ho and his three owlets. Kylee was horrified to discover that one of the owlets, #19-0148, had been killed in the past day. Based on the remains, the rehabilitation staff believes that it was the work of a raccoon.