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June 4, 2018

The staff reports that the bear cub #18-1089 is feisty and eating well. On June 3, Dr. Monica was able to apply a hard cast to the cub’s fractured leg. To keep the hard cast clean, it’s covered with removable vet wrap that will likely need to be changed daily as it becomes dirty. The cast will remain on for three weeks, but the staff will take radiographs every week to check on the healing progress; radiographs can be taken through the cast.

June 4, 2018

The eight black bear cubs in the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure are doing well and gaining weight. On Thursday, May 31, the rehabilitation staff weighed the cubs, most for the last time without sedation; they are now too big and strong to be handled and weighed while awake. The staff will continue to weigh Double Green tag until he reaches 5 kg.

Current weights [5/31] are:

Green Tag: 8.1 kgs
Orange Tag: 8.25 kgs
No Tag: 7.6 kgs
Pink Tag: 7 kgs
Red: 5.9 kgs
Yellow Tag: 8.4 kgs
White Tag: 6.6 kgs
Double Green Tags: 3.4 kgs

June 4, 2018

On May 31, the veterinary team performed a physical exam, radiographs, and blood work for Black Bear yearling #18-0624. The results showed that the bear’s sternal defect, increased heart rate, and vertebral fracture had resolved. During the past two weeks, the bear has gained weight [weighing in at 6.8 kgs on May 31] and his body condition has improved.

June 4, 2018

Since beginning daily exercise several weeks ago, Bald Eagle #18-0223’s flight has not improved. The eagle tilts to the left during flight and sometimes has a left wing droop once exercise is completed. When landing, the bird often crashes to the ground.

The veterinary team has scheduled a physical exam for the eagle on June 6 to identify potential causes for the eagle’s poor flight.

May 29, 2018

On May 25, a young Bald Eagle nestling fell from its nest in Virginia Beach; the eaglet hit a branch and stayed there for two nights, before falling out of the tree entirely on Sunday, May 27. Rescuers were unsure if the eaglet was injured; they also didn’t want to risk re-nesting the bird and making the eaglet’s siblings jump from the nest prematurely. The nest is known as #1401 by the Center for Conservation Biology’s eagle nest monitoring project; the parent of this young eagle is known as “ND”, one of the young from the Norfolk Botanical Garden nest.

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