Following two weeks of lead toxicosis treatment, cage rest, and indoor physical therapy, the veterinary team determined that Bald Eagle #20-2508 was ready to be moved to outdoor flight pen A3 on September 3. In this large, open-air enclosure, the rehabilitation staff will exercise the bird each day while monitoring its flight and physical stamina. Most recently, the staff noted that the eagle was able to complete between 5-10 passes of the enclosure before reaching exhaustion.
On September 8, Black Bear cubs #20-0965 (White/Green Tags) and #20-0967 (Yellow/Pink Tags) were moved to the Black Bear Complex. According to wildlife rehabilitator Kelsey, "Initially, they were put in transition yard #2, but when they were fully awake, the gates were opened and they were immediately integrated with their anxiously-awaiting 17 'siblings'. Darting was successful with no hiccups and the two bears are healthy. White/Green Tags weighed 25.1kg and Yellow/Pink Tags weighed 21.2kg … they are significantly larger than they were a month and a half ago."
On September 5, an immature Bald Eagle was found unable to fly in a horse pasture in Halifax County. The bird was admitted to Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center where it tested for slightly elevated levels of lead, and then transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
On August 15, an adult Bald Eagle was rescued in Suffolk, Virginia after being found on the ground and was unable to fly away. A local permitted wildlife rehabilitator stabilized the eagle’s condition, and on the following day it was transferred the Wildlife Center of Virginia for assessment and treatment.