The Black Bear cubs have been eating well and growing during these past few weeks, and the rehabilitation staff are pleased to announce that the cubs are weaned from their formula! The cubs are now eating a variety of fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fish, and insects -- about 20 lbs each day! While weights are increasingly challenging to obtain at this point, all of the cubs have been weighed within the past two weeks, with most nearing the 10 kg mark.
Eastern Screech-Owl #21-0509's head tilt has continued to improve during the past week. The staff and students have a hard time discerning a tilt most days, though the bird's ability to fly and navigate the enclosure has been questionable. On Sunday, wildlife rehabilitation intern Ben assessed the owlet and noted that the bird was occasionally walking in circles when on the ground.
During the past weekend, the Center's veterinary staff monitored Peregrine Falcon #21-2079's status closely. In addition to observing the bird's attitude, appetite, hydration, and overall condition during daily examinations, a repeat ocular exam was performed on June 27. After no remarkable findings were revealed, a flight test was performed in one of the Center's outdoor Flight Pens -- Dr. Karra reported that the falcon displayed proper form and physical stamina during the testing, and cleared this fledgling for release.
On the evening of June 24 the Wildlife Center admitted female fledgling Peregrine Falcon #21-2079, one of the four falcon chicks that hatched on cam in downtown Richmond in May 2021 identified by a yellow band on its right leg. On June 23, the four birds fledged from their roost; Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources technicians and volunteers with “FledgeWatch” observed remotely as the birds took their first flights.
At the beginning of June, Bald Eagle #21-1030 started making some short, low flights in the A3 flight enclosure, stretching her wings and starting to regain a little stamina. Unfortunately, a routine foot and feather check on June 7 revealed that the eagle once again had an abscess on her injured left elbow. The veterinary team brought the bird into the Center's treatment room to carefully drain the abscess and flush and treat the injured area. The bird was placed back in a crate in the Center's holding room.