Wildlife Center of Virginia Blog

Can Turtles Smell? Do Birds Fart?

Part of our job as rehabilitation externs is providing patient enrichment. To enrich is to stimulate the animal’s senses in a way that’s slightly out of ordinary from its everyday life in an enclosure. For example, we might change perches in an eagle’s enclosure, or provide a paper towel roll stuffed with mouse goodies for an owl to tear into. There are so many different ways to give enrichment and excitement to our patients!

The Learning Curve

From preparing meals and sorting blankets, to cleaning pens and creating enrichment; from exercising eagles and syringe-feeding baby rabbits, to soaking turtles and releasing fawns and songbirds, I embraced what all people who work hard to save wildlife do. 

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