Bald Eaglets #21-1320 and #21-1013 have been flying well during the past two weeks during their daily exercise. The rehabilitation staff report that the birds both have strong, even flight and are well-conditioned for release.
The five Black Bear cubs are settling in well to their yard in the Black Bear Complex. Despite the thick growth of trees and shrubs in the yard, Critter Cam viewers are typically able to spot the cubs multiple times a day, particularly when the cubs are eating together.
The five Black Bear cubs were successfully moved to yard #1 in the Black Bear Complex on Wednesday, July 28. A couple of the bears were anesthetized for a physical examination and ear tagging; other bears were simply loaded into a Zinger crate and then loaded onto the Center's electric vehicle for transport.
The bears were all placed in the transition yard, a smaller portion of the bear yard where they could safely wake up and recover. After all were awake and ready to explore, the rehabilitation staff opened the adjoining gate into the main portion of the bear yard.
Bald Eagle #21-0214 has been recovering well in the Center's outdoor A3 flight pen during the past few weeks, and has successfully restarted a daily exercise routine. On July 16, the rehabilitation staff noted that the eagle was able to fly between 5-10 passes of the enclosure. By July 22, the eagle was able to complete between 10-15 passes -- a good sign that its physical conditioning and coordination is improving. While a scab is still present on the bird's patagial wound, the veterinary staff have determined that it does not require additional treatment at this time.