September 6, 2018

On September 6, Bald Eagle #18-1139 was released in Virginia Beach!

In the past two weeks, the eaglet flew well in flight pen A3, and did not display any unusual behavior. Test results came back negative; the bird appeared to be in great health. Dr. Ernesto believes that the unusual behavior displayed by the young eaglet was due to the eagle’s personality – the bird is more defensive and tends to “stand his ground” more than other eagles the Center has recently treated. The eaglet’s behavior is reminiscent of Bald Eagle NX, treated at the Wildlife Center in 2011-2012.

September 4, 2018

In the days following his admission, Black Bear yearling #18-2569 ate well and appeared bright and alert. The vet staff carefully checked the wound on the bear’s face each day and noted that it appeared to be static. On August 31, the yearling was moved to the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure to continue his treatment and observation. At this point, the bear is moving and eating normally and he’ll be examined again on September 6.

September 4, 2018

On September 3, Black Bear #18-2293 was sedated and anesthetized for a follow-up examination. Dr. Peach performed a physical exam and found that the bear was still thin and had not gained additional weight since her last examination. The bear’s skin and coat were both improved though, with some of the crusting on the bear’s flanks and ears starting to fall off. Skin scrapings revealed only three dead mange mites, indicating that the medication is killing off the parasites.

August 31, 2018

On August 20, Great Horned Owl #18-2502 was admitted from Bath County, Virginia; the circumstances around the owl’s rescue were not clear, but the bird presented weak and malodorous with damp and tattered feathers. The owl was also dull and in poor body condition; it had likely been suffering from an illness or injury that hindered its ability to hunt and capture food.

August 29, 2018

On August 27, a yearling male Black Bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center. The bear had been spotted in Madison County for a couple of weeks; he was thin and weak. A private citizen was able to enclose the bear in an empty dog kennel; DGIF biologists responded to the scene to sedate and transport the bear to the Center.