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. One of the eagles was banded and is a well-known eagle in the community; ND hatched at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in 2010, and is the younger brother to Buddy, the Wildlife Center of Virginia's Bald Eagle. Both birds were transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia the following morning.
On December 6, a private citizen found an Eastern Screech-Owl standing in the road. The bird would not fly away but was able to be captured and transported to the Center. They placed the owl in a box and brought it to the Center.
On January 4, Black Bear #20-1694 was sedated for an examination. The sutures that have been in place for the past 11 days were removed, and Dr. Cam notes that everything looks within normal limits. Another fecal sample was collected which was parasite-free. The veterinary team will keep the Black Bear in the Large Mammal enclosure for several more days to monitor and ensure that the rectal prolapse doesn't occur again. If all continues to go well, the bear will be moved back to the Black Bear Complex.
Help us name our two new education opossums! In the fall of 2020, these Virginia Opossums were admittedly separately, both with injuries that prevent their return to the wild. After working with them throughout the fall, the outreach team decided that the two female opossums would be excellent additions to our education animal ambassador team.