During the past week Bald Eagle #20-2906 has been showing decline in performance when exercising. Rehabilitation staff report that the bird is scripted for 10-15 flight passes in the Center's large flight pen enclosure, but gets very winded and flies to the ground after about 6-8 passes. Veterinary staff checked the bird's suture site on September 28 and reported that it was healed. Repeat blood tests and a physical exam will be scheduled soon to look further into this development.
Bald Eagle #20-2508 has been flying well in the Center's large flight pen, regularly completing more than 15 passes during daily exercise. On September 28, Dr. Karra performed another set of radiographs on the bird, finding that its carpal fracture no longer had soft tissue swelling, and that the wing looked completely healed. This eagle has been cleared for release, and will be returned to the wild in Highland County – the site of its original rescue – on October 4. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the release will not be open to the public, but the release team may be able to film this bi
Bald Eagle #20-3131 was moved to the Center's A3 pen on September 25. The rehab staff hope to observe this bird's flight, and build up her flight muscles in this large enclosure. The bird has been gaining weight since the move, and is still very eager to eat.
The Center is currently caring for 19 Black Bear cubs – cubs that were born in January and February of this year, and that came to the Center after they were orphaned, injured, or separated from their mothers.
It’s fall, and it’s the time of year when bears in the wild begin to eat excessively as they bulk up for the “lean times” of winter. It’s called hyperphagia – and the 19 cubs are now eating us out of house and home!
Great Horned Owlet #20-0154 has officially been cleared for release! After demonstrating strong flying as well as passing mouse school, this owl is ready to be returned to the wild where it belongs. Sometime in the next few days our veterinarians will do some final checkups, before transferring #20-0154 to a transporter to be released in a suitable habitat.