Unfortunately, Bald Eagle 20-2251 was found deceased in its enclosure on the evening of July 4. Dr. Ernesto reports that this eagle was severely depressed in the morning, and supportive and critical care was attempted; sadly, the young bird did not respond to treatment.
On June 19, the Wildlife Center had an exceptionally busy afternoon -- when 98 new patients were admitted in a matter of minutes!
A bridge in Fredericksburg, Virginia, has been under construction this year; earlier this year, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries started talking with the Center about impacts on nesting swallows. DGIF officials asked if the Center could care for any displaced nestling birds -- and on June 19, we received 98 nestling and fledgling swallows!
On the morning of June 30, Drs. Karra and Sarah and rehabilitators Kelsey and Shannon were able to move three Black Bear cubs from the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure to the transition area of yard #2 in the Black Bear Complex. Kelsey reports:
"We moved three bears to transition yard #2 today, and will open up the gate so they can have free access to bear yard #2 later today. As soon as everyone is settled, probably tomorrow, we will open the gate between BY2 and BY3 so all of the bears can mingle.
Peregrine Falcon #20-2029 has been doing well for the past few days; the falcon is in an outdoor flight pen, and staff members are encouraging the young falcon to fly several lengths of the flight pen each day. So far, the fledgling still has some difficulties taking off from the ground, but flies beautifully when she launches herself from a high perch. The vet team is hoping that a couple more days of exercise will help her improve as her feathers continue to grow.
Bald Eagle #20-0918 [RU] has been doing well in the Center's A1 flight pen during the past couple of weeks. While the eagle is not on a formal daily exercise program, the bird is housed with Bald Eagle #20-0994 who is being exercised regularly -- so RU is slowly building flight muscles again.