On January 20, Wildlife Center staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize Violet the Virginia Opossum, due to the progression of her chronic kidney disease. Violet’s exact age is unknown, but staff estimate she was close to three years old.
As one of the world’s leading teaching hospitals for wildlife medicine, the Wildlife Center of Virginia has a core mission to teach the world to care about and care for wildlife and the environment. This news page collects stories of the Center’s expertise in action.
The New Year has officially arrived, and with it, the time-honored tradition of bettering one’s self through New Year’s resolutions. Many of us include working toward better physical health and fitness as a part of our resolutions for the new year – during 2023, consider including the health of wildlife and the environment, too!
During that time, I’ve been asked, approximately 6,286 times, “so, what exactly is it that you do at the Wildlife Center?”
They truly bring a smile to my face even on my worst days. I can only hope to make as much of a difference in their lives as they have already made in mine.
Each small piece is valuable on its own, but when those pieces all come together, it becomes something as magnificent as brown, white and gray feathers, sharply outlined against a blue September sky.
I understand what it's like to become attached to an animal that you’ve known for less than an hour.
Mary Oliver introduces her poem “Lead” with a question for her readers: “This is a story / to break your heart” she writes, “Are you willing?”