September 5, 2017

On the morning of September 5, Dr. Ernesto and licensed veterinary technician Leigh-Ann took Bald Eagle HK to surgery. Critter Cam viewers were able to watch the events on cam!

September 4, 2017

Bald Eagle HK remained bright and alert throughout the weekend, and ate on his own Saturday evening and Sunday! The leg bandage has remained clean and dry, and there is evidence of minor swelling of the injured leg and foot, which is to be expected.

September 2, 2017

On Friday evening, prior to settling HK into a crate for the night, Dr. Monica, one of the Center’s veterinary interns, carefully crafted a splint for the eagle's broken leg using tongue depressors. She then applied a “Robert Jones bandage”, which is used to offer support to the eagle if he attempts to stand on the broken leg. 

September 1, 2017

On September 1, an adult male Bald Eagle was hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach. The eagle was banded as “HK” – a well-known bird in the eagle community. This eagle hatched in 2009 and is a full sibling to Buddy, the Center’s education Bald Eagle, who hatched in 2008. HK has been nesting at the Honey Bee Golf Course in Virginia Beach and is often spotted and photographed in the birding community.

August 31, 2017

On August 18, a private citizen in Augusta County accidentally stepped on an adult Fowler’s Toad. After several days of observation, it became clear that the toad was injured, and it was transported to the Wildlife Center on August 23. Similar in appearance to the common American Toad, Fowler’s Toads are distinguished by a smaller body size and slightly smaller parotoid glands (the large, toxin excreting glands directly behind the eyes).