May 13, 2019

The two Black Bear cub "sisters" are doing well; wildlife rehabilitator Shannon recorded a couple of video clips during a recent playtime. The cubs are more quiet and wary than past cubs – while the two enjoy playing with one another, they’re always careful to keep a watchful eye on the humans who are present.

May 10, 2019

On April 30, a private citizen found an American Toad being pecked at by their chickens; it appeared that the toad was already wounded before the chickens found it. The rescuer brought the toad to the Wildlife Center, where it was admitted as patient #19-0654.

The veterinary staff examined the toad, who was quiet but alert and responsive. The toad was unable to use its left hind limb, which also had abrasions. No fractures were identified on physical exam or radiographs. It’s unclear what might have caused the toad’s injuries, but it’s possible it was attacked by another animal.

May 10, 2019

Sadly, on the morning of May 9, Woodchuck #19-0791 was found deceased in his enclosure. The chemical burns likely impacted the animal internally as well as externally.

May 10, 2019

Black Bear cubs #19-0492 and #19-0546 [Pink] are both growing quickly; they’re eating “mush bowls” three times a day and are gaining weight. At last weigh-in, #19-0492 weighed 4.20 kg and #19-0546 [Pink] was 3.11 kg.

May 9, 2019

On May 4, a fledgling Bald Eagle fell to the ground in Bland County, Virginia, after the young bird’s nest was destroyed by natural causes the previous night. A Conservation Police Officer rescued and transported the eagle to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center in Roanoke, where it was stabilized before being transferred to the Wildlife Center on May 5 and admitted as patient #19-0761.