Everyone has a thing for cute, fluffy animals (more often than not, those two traits go together). If the animal is a baby, it only adds on that extra bit of adorableness. If someone doesn't like cute, fluffy, baby animals, they either don't have a heart, or they're lying. The animal I will talk about in this blog post is both cute and fluffy (in a feathery kind of way), but not a baby. In any case, it's definitely high up on the fluffy-cuteness scale. 'Twas the night before Christm ... No, wait, it was actually during the day. And on January 3. Anyway, back on track.
Wildlife Center of Virginia Blog
I have just finished up a very enjoyable stint as a rehabilitation extern at the Wildlife Center. During my time I got to work with a large array animals, everything from White-footed Mice, White-tailed Deer fawns, Horned Grebes, eagles, and everything in between. On one recent, magical occasion I worked with a North American Beaver.
I have been a rehabilitation extern at the Wildlife Center of Virginia (WCV) for three months, and during that time I have learned countless things about native Virginia wildlife. One of the things I found most interesting was the flight conditioning of raptors. Once a bird is healthy enough, and is living in an appropriately sized enclosure, it will be “exercised” before it can be released.
On October 16, the Wildlife Center of Virginia admitted an American Bittern. The patient was seen “falling out of the sky” on October 15 and the next day was transferred to the Center. Initial examinations showed no significant injuries, although the patient’s body condition wasn’t quite what we would like it to be and he couldn’t fly very well.
Like the rest of my colleagues, I have been asked to look back on the past year at the Wildlife Center of Virginia and share my memories and personal highlights from 2014.
In the winter of 2014, I realized that I needed to re-think my volunteering mode and look for other ways that I could be helpful to the staff at the WCV. I had been working with the rehab and animal care team for nearly 10 years and it was hard for me to believe that I could be as satisfied doing anything else.
I have moved on and am now a staff veterinarian at the Birmingham Zoo. I love my new job, but it was bittersweet leaving the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
As an employee at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, I get asked all the time “What is the coolest part of your job?”
2014 was the start of my second year as an animal care volunteer at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. I was excited, because both Amber and Kelli, the leaders of the rehabilitation team, had informed me that I would be helping with the baby squirrels and birds this season.
This year has been a bit of a blur. Not only has it been a big year for the Wildlife Center, but, for the first half of the year, my significant other and I were also planning our wedding.