February 13, 2018

Did you forget to buy a card for your Valentine?  Never fear, just use one of these #WildValentine e-cards instead!


February 12, 2018

On February 8, the wildlife rehabilitation team was able to trap Pink Tag in transition area #2 in the Black Bear Complex. Dr. Monica darted the yearling bear for a full examination.

Once the bear was safely anesthetized, the team performed a physical examination and several skin scrapings, drew blood, and took hair samples. Dr. Peach noted that the bear had a thinning hair coat on her chest and near her rump, along with some matted hair on her rump. Overall, there wasn’t a significant amount of hair loss. The bear weighed in at 37.3 kg.

February 12, 2018

On Wednesday, February 7, the veterinary team reassessed Carolina Wren #18-0049’s injured right wing. Unfortunately, the staff determined that the wrist had suffered permanent damage and elected to humanely euthanize the wren.

Wren #18-0050 is doing well in the Center’s aviary; during the weekend, the wildlife rehabilitation team noted that the wren is beginning to grow new tail feathers.

February 5, 2018

In the days following wren #18-0049’s bath, the veterinary team noted that the bird had limited extension on its injured right wing. The veterinary staff scheduled daily physical therapy for the wren, in hopes of increasing the bird’s range of motion in that joint. It’s been difficult to visualize any issues on the bird’s radiographs, since the little wren is so tiny and delicate, but additional radiographs will be taken on February 7 to look for changes in that wrist joint.

In the meantime, the bird is eating well and gained one gram since admission.

February 5, 2018

The Black Bears of 2017 have been doing well in the week’s following their big “birthday party”. Wildlife rehabilitator Brie reported that while the bears eagerly tore apart their presents on the day of the party, they actually did not finish their cake!