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August 16, 2018

On the morning of August 14, the staff found Barred Owl #18-2349 deceased in her enclosure. The veterinary team was quite surprised, as it appeared as though the owl was doing well and recovering. Dr. Ingrid performed a necropsy to see if she could learn more about the owl, but didn’t find any obvious abnormalities or injuries beyond the injuries directly linked to the fishing line.

August 13, 2018

During the spring and summer months, the Wildlife Center admitted and assessed 30 White-tailed Deer fawns that were later transferred to other permitted rehabilitators in the state. The transferred fawns were healthy and needed minor or no veterinary care.

August 13, 2018

Eagle biologist Jeff Cooper will be at the Wildlife Center during the week of August 20 to assist wildlife rehabilitator Brie with fitting a GPS transmitter on Bald Eaglet #18-1139 prior to release. Brie is learning about the fitting process; once she’s fully trained, she can place any available GPS backpacks on her own.

In the meantime, daily exercise continues for the young bird; the staff report that the eaglet is flying 15 or more passes in the A3 flight pen.

August 13, 2018

The veterinary team has been carefully cleaning and re-bandaging Barred Owl #18-2349’s injured wing each day; the wound appears to be healing slowly, though is mildly swollen. On August 11, Dr. Karra re-stained the owl’s injured cornea and found that the corneal abrasion had fully healed. The owl is eating well.

August 13, 2018

Pre-release blood work for Eastern Ratsnake #18-1352 was taken on July 25. Veterinary staff noticed nothing out of the ordinary, and the snake was scheduled for release. The snake's original rescuers released it on July 28, 2018, at the original rescue location in Augusta County.

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