Archive Patients

Bald Eagle #11-1170

On Friday, April 17, the Wildlife Center admitted a four-year-old Bald Eagle – a bird that was a former patient at the Wildlife Center. Bald Eagle #11-1170 was first admitted to the Wildlife Center in June 2011, after she fell from her nest as a young bird. The eagle had damage to her tail feathers, which healed and grew back during the course of that summer. The bird was released at Mason Neck State Park in August 2011.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird #17-0557

On April 21, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird was admitted to the Center as patient #17-0557 after being found in a driveway in Natural Bridge.  It is suspected that this bird flew into a window. 

Upon examination by our veterinary team, the bird was bright, alert, responsive, and in good body condition.  This bird is able to flap his wings, but not able to fly.  No other abnormalities were noted on physical exam, or radiographs.  Potentially, this bird suffered a musculoskeletal injury or spinal/nerve damage after flying into the window. 

Black Bear cub #16-2496

On December 4, a homeowner in Frederick County found a Black Bear cub sleeping in a doghouse in the garage. The homeowner moved the doghouse outside, but when the bear cub didn't depart after a couple of days, a biologist with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries came to pick up the cub. The bear was transported to the Wildlife Center on December 7.

Black Bear cub #16-2448

On November 17, a Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officer picked up a Black Bear cub in Frederick County, Virginia. The cub's mother was reportedly shot, and the cub was observed under a citizen's porch for a few days. The cub appeared to have mange. The cub was taken to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center on November 17 and transported to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Broad-winged Hawk #16-2175

On September 27, an adult Broad-winged Hawk was found on the ground, unable to fly, near Beaver Creek Reservoir in Albemarle County. The hawk was transported to the Wildlife Center by outreach department volunteer Pam, shortly after the hawk was discovered.

Hawk #16-2175 was perching in its crate prior to the initial assessment and appeared bright and alert. A physical exam revealed retinal tears in both eyes, swelling on the left wing, and a wound on the right leg.

Snapping Turtle #17-0568

On April 22, a juvenile Snapping Turtle was found on a trail in Bayse, Virginia,  and was transported to the Wildlife Center.

Upon admission, the Snapping Turtle #17-0568 was lethargic and quiet, relative to the normal behavior of Snapping Turtle patients. The veterinary staff identified fractures in the lower jaw on both the left and right sides, and a hairline fracture on the upper jaw.  Although the fracture fragment in the lower jaw was still in place, it was mobile and needed to be stabilized.

Eastern Screech-owl #17-0315

On March 28, a red-phased Eastern Screech-owl was found sitting in a driveway in Raphine, VA and was easily captured by her rescuer. The owl was transported to the Wildlife Center later that evening and was admitted as patient #17-0315.

Wood Duck #17-0292

On March 25, an adult male Wood Duck was rescued from the Harrisonburg area after a private citizen saw the bird floating in a pond beside their driveway.  The Wood Duck was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #17-0292.

Black Bear #17-0127

On February 19, a tiny Black Bear yearling was admitted after a homeowner found the bear on his property in Stanardsville, Virginia. The bear was bright, alert, and feisty, but dehydrated and in very poor body condition; Dr. Ernesto gave the bear a body condition score of 1/5.

Black Bear #17-0009

On January 2, a small Black Bear was found in a field in Augusta County. At first, the rescuer thought it was a stray dog trapped in a fenced area; upon closer inspection, the rescuer realized it was a small bear. He called the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; the bear was easily captured and transported to the Center on the morning of January 3.