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Great Horned Owlet #14-1746

On July 22, a wildlife rehabilitator from Virginia Beach received a phone call about a juvenile Great Horned Owl that was found on a deck in Chesapeake, Virginia and was attacking the family that lived there. When the rehabilitator arrived at the family’s home to rescue the owl, she observed the owlet approaching the family and gaping for food.

Latest Update: November 25, 2014

During the past month, Great Horned Owlet #14-1746 has gradually improved its flying abilities during daily flight conditioning sessions. At first, the young owl was stubborn and the owlet would occasionally hoot at the rehabilitation staff and externs. As the staff continued to exercise the owl, the bird’s stamina increased, and the occasional hoots decreased.

On July 22, a wildlife rehabilitator from Virginia Beach received a phone call about a juvenile Great Horned Owl that was found on a deck in Chesapeake, Virginia and was attacking the family that lived there. When the rehabilitator arrived at the family’s home to rescue the owl, she observed the owlet approaching the family and gaping for food.

Latest Update: October 10, 2014

Papa G’Ho’s kids are growing up! Great Horned Owlets #14-0404 and 14-0255 both passed mouse school earlier this week and were cleared for release. Both owls were banded, and will be returned to their original nest areas for release this weekend.

Owlets #14-1735 and 14-1746 have been split up into Flight Pens 5 and 6, respectively. The owls are being exercised individually; both are flying well.

On July 22, a wildlife rehabilitator from Virginia Beach received a phone call about a juvenile Great Horned Owl that was found on a deck in Chesapeake, Virginia and was attacking the family that lived there. When the rehabilitator arrived at the family’s home to rescue the owl, she observed the owlet approaching the family and gaping for food.

Latest Update: August 22, 2014

On August 15, the rehabilitation staff opened the door of the airline crate and allowed Great Horned Owlet #14-1735 and Papa G’Ho to directly interact. Papa quickly accepted the new owlet.

On July 22, a wildlife rehabilitator from Virginia Beach received a phone call about a juvenile Great Horned Owl that was found on a deck in Chesapeake, Virginia and was attacking the family that lived there. When the rehabilitator arrived at the family’s home to rescue the owl, she observed the owlet approaching the family and gaping for food.

Latest Update: August 15, 2014

Great Horned Owlets #14-0255 and #14-0404 are becoming more and more independent from their Great Horned Owl surrogate Papa G’Ho. At this point in their development, young owls begin to start taking interest in live prey, but are not hunting and catching larger prey on their own. To replicate this natural behavior and to provide practice opportunities for the young owls, the rehabilitation staff placed a large tub with live mice inside the owls’ flight pen. The owlets quickly took notice of the change in their environment and were very curious about the live mice.

Common Raven #14-1100

On June 6, the Wildlife Center admitted an unusual patient – an adult Common Raven – from Richmond, Virginia. Since 2000, the Center has admitted fewer than 10 ravens as patients.

The raven (believed to be a female) was part of a nesting pair in Henrico County. Biologists from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries were aware of the nest, which was situated near an office building. Nesting ravens in that part of the state are far less common; ravens in Virginia are typically found closer to the mountains.

Latest Update: November 21, 2014

We received another post-release Raven update from Maureen, the rescuer of Common Raven #14-1100. Maureen saw the raven outside of her office building on November 20; Maureen tells us that the female raven was with her mate and was preening him!

Maureen took several photos; the female raven is on the right. She has a notable slightly twisted wing feather from her imping procedure at the Center.

On June 6, the Wildlife Center admitted an unusual patient – an adult Common Raven – from Richmond, Virginia. Since 2000, the Center has admitted fewer than 10 ravens as patients.

The raven (believed to be a female) was part of a nesting pair in Henrico County. Biologists from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries were aware of the nest, which was situated near an office building. Nesting ravens in that part of the state are far less common; ravens in Virginia are typically found closer to the mountains.

Latest Update: November 11, 2014

After the release of Common Raven #14-1100 on November 5, Maureen, the raven’s rescuer, returned to work [within two miles of the release site]. Within a few hours, she saw a raven outside of her office building – very likely the newly released female raven.

On June 6, the Wildlife Center admitted an unusual patient – an adult Common Raven – from Richmond, Virginia. Since 2000, the Center has admitted fewer than 10 ravens as patients.

The raven (believed to be a female) was part of a nesting pair in Henrico County. Biologists from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries were aware of the nest, which was situated near an office building. Nesting ravens in that part of the state are far less common; ravens in Virginia are typically found closer to the mountains.

Latest Update: November 5, 2014

Common Raven #14-1100 was released today at Bryan Park in Richmond, Virginia. A crowd of about 100 people attended the release and eagerly listened as Wildlife Center veterinary director Dr. Dave McRuer shared the story of the raven’s rescue and rehabilitation. Certified wildlife rehabilitator Amber Dedrick unlatched the transport crate containing the raven, and everyone watched as the raven flew, beautifully, to a large oak tree. The raven sat in the tree for several minutes before she flew out of sight. 

On June 6, the Wildlife Center admitted an unusual patient – an adult Common Raven – from Richmond, Virginia. Since 2000, the Center has admitted fewer than 10 ravens as patients.

The raven (believed to be a female) was part of a nesting pair in Henrico County. Biologists from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries were aware of the nest, which was situated near an office building. Nesting ravens in that part of the state are far less common; ravens in Virginia are typically found closer to the mountains.

Latest Update: November 3, 2014

Common Raven #14-1100 has been flying well during the past few weeks. The staff have carefully monitored the bird for additional feather loss and have been exercising the bird daily to get her back into shape. The raven now has great stamina and is able to maneuver well through the Center’s 100-foot flight pen. On Friday, October 31, the veterinary team drew blood from the raven for a pre-release analysis; results were within normal limits.

On June 6, the Wildlife Center admitted an unusual patient – an adult Common Raven – from Richmond, Virginia. Since 2000, the Center has admitted fewer than 10 ravens as patients.

The raven (believed to be a female) was part of a nesting pair in Henrico County. Biologists from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries were aware of the nest, which was situated near an office building. Nesting ravens in that part of the state are far less common; ravens in Virginia are typically found closer to the mountains.

Latest Update: October 14, 2014

Raven patient #14-1100 is doing very well after having several feathers imped in September. The bird lost two of the feathers that were imped last month, but she is flying well.

On October 13, the rehabilitation staff moved the raven to a larger flight pen [A3] for conditioning prior to release. The raven will stream live on the Center's Critter Cams -- this is the first passerine patient to be featured on the Critter Cam!

On June 6, the Wildlife Center admitted an unusual patient – an adult Common Raven – from Richmond, Virginia. Since 2000, the Center has admitted fewer than 10 ravens as patients.

The raven (believed to be a female) was part of a nesting pair in Henrico County. Biologists from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries were aware of the nest, which was situated near an office building. Nesting ravens in that part of the state are far less common; ravens in Virginia are typically found closer to the mountains.

Latest Update: September 30, 2014

Raven #14-1100 has been doing well this past month. She has been housed in one of the Center’s outdoor C-pens while the staff monitored her feather growth.

To keep her engaged, the Raven has received enrichment almost daily. Enrichment includes unique food items or food delivery (e.g., food stuffed inside a rubber dog toy), changing the perches in her enclosure, or placing different substrates in trays on the enclosure floor (e.g., dead leaves and rocks in an aluminum tray). Rehabilitation intern Jordan recalls putting “cricket ice cubes” in the bird’s water dish.

On June 6, the Wildlife Center admitted an unusual patient – an adult Common Raven – from Richmond, Virginia. Since 2000, the Center has admitted fewer than 10 ravens as patients.

The raven (believed to be a female) was part of a nesting pair in Henrico County. Biologists from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries were aware of the nest, which was situated near an office building. Nesting ravens in that part of the state are far less common; ravens in Virginia are typically found closer to the mountains.

Latest Update: August 25, 2014

Common Raven #14-1100 has been doing well during the last month. The raven’s feathers are growing in, and the bird is full of energy.

On August 16, the rehabilitation staff moved the raven from the C-pen enclosure to a smaller aviary enclosure to make room for other patients that needed the space.

On June 6, the Wildlife Center admitted an unusual patient – an adult Common Raven – from Richmond, Virginia. Since 2000, the Center has admitted fewer than 10 ravens as patients.

The raven (believed to be a female) was part of a nesting pair in Henrico County. Biologists from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries were aware of the nest, which was situated near an office building. Nesting ravens in that part of the state are far less common; ravens in Virginia are typically found closer to the mountains.

Latest Update: July 11, 2014

Common Raven #14-1100 has been doing well in her outdoor enclosure. The staff continues to monitor her feather growth and appetite. The bird is bright and active, and she maneuvers well on the “jungle gym” of perches set up in her enclosure.

To keep this patient entertained, the rehabilitation staff has given the bird plenty of enrichment items, including rotting logs and fruit stuffed with mice.

Bald Eagle #14-1955

On August 20, a young, male Bald Eagle was hit by a vehicle in Pendleton County, West Virginia. The eagle’s rescuer found the bird on the side of the road and called the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. The eagle was transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia later that day.

Latest Update: November 18, 2014

Bald Eagle #14-1955 has been flying very well during the past few weeks. Rehabilitation intern Jordan reports that the eagle flies an average of 19-20 times during each exercise session, and the bird has great stamina and height in the large A3 flight enclosure.

On Friday, November 21, Drs. Dave, Helen, and Meghan will take the Bald Eagle to Virginia Tech for an in-depth eye examination by board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Phillip Pickett. The results of the eye examination will help determine if this young eagle will be able to be released soon.
 

On August 20, a young, male Bald Eagle was hit by a vehicle in Pendleton County, West Virginia. The eagle’s rescuer found the bird on the side of the road and called the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. The eagle was transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia later that day.

Latest Update: November 6, 2014

On October 24, the rehabilitation staff moved Bald Eagle #14-0261 to flight pen A1 to be housed with Bald Eagle #14-1955. The staff hoped that a change of location would improve the eagle’s ability to fly.

Shortly after moving to the new enclosure, eagle #14-0261 began flying better, showing improved height and stamina.

The eagle has been exercised daily by Center staff and students. In the video below, rehabilitation intern Jordan Herring exercises both eagles [Bald Eagles #14-0261 and #14-1955].

On August 20, a young, male Bald Eagle was hit by a vehicle in Pendleton County, West Virginia. The eagle’s rescuer found the bird on the side of the road and called the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. The eagle was transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia later that day.

Latest Update: October 14, 2014

Bald Eagle #14-1955 has been flying very well during the past two weeks of flight conditioning. The eagle typically flies 15-20 times the length of the flight enclosure and has good strength, stamina, and altitude.

On August 20, a young, male Bald Eagle was hit by a vehicle in Pendleton County, West Virginia. The eagle’s rescuer found the bird on the side of the road and called the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. The eagle was transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia later that day.

Latest Update: October 2, 2014

Bald Eagle #14-1955 has been flying well in flight pen A3 during the past week. The rehabilitation staff are exercising the bird daily, and the eagle is flying the length of the enclosure about eight to ten times consistently.

Bald Eagle #14-0261

On April 8, a mature Bald Eagle was found on the tarmac at Washington Dulles International Airport. Rescuers suspected that an airplane clipped the eagle as it was flying near the runway. The bird was captured and taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator. The rehabilitator kept the bird overnight, and a volunteer transporter drove the eagle to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: November 6, 2014

On October 24, the rehabilitation staff moved Bald Eagle #14-0261 to flight pen A1 to be housed with Bald Eagle #14-1955. The staff hoped that a change of location would improve the eagle’s ability to fly.

Shortly after moving to the new enclosure, eagle #14-0261 began flying better, showing improved height and stamina.

The eagle has been exercised daily by Center staff and students. In the video below, rehabilitation intern Jordan Herring exercises both eagles [Bald Eagles #14-0261 and #14-1955].

On April 8, a mature Bald Eagle was found on the tarmac at Washington Dulles International Airport. Rescuers suspected that an airplane clipped the eagle as it was flying near the runway. The bird was captured and taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator. The rehabilitator kept the bird overnight, and a volunteer transporter drove the eagle to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: October 1, 2014

On September 29, Bald Eagle #14-0261 had an additional series of radiographs taken to monitor the healing progress of the bird’s left wing. Radigraphs showed improvement; there is less inflammation of the bird’s left carpus [wrist].

On April 8, a mature Bald Eagle was found on the tarmac at Washington Dulles International Airport. Rescuers suspected that an airplane clipped the eagle as it was flying near the runway. The bird was captured and taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator. The rehabilitator kept the bird overnight, and a volunteer transporter drove the eagle to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: September 18, 2014

Bald Eagle #14-0261 remained in her C-pen throughout most of August while several other young eagles were conditioned for release in the large flight pens. Every two weeks, the veterinary staff rechecked the eagle’s bloodwork and performed feet and feather checks. Bloodwork returned on July 26 was within normal limits.

On April 8, a mature Bald Eagle was found on the tarmac at Washington Dulles International Airport. Rescuers suspected that an airplane clipped the eagle as it was flying near the runway. The bird was captured and taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator. The rehabilitator kept the bird overnight, and a volunteer transporter drove the eagle to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: July 22, 2014

During the past two weeks, Bald Eagle #14-0261 has continued to have trouble gaining height while flying. The eagle exercises an average of eight times perch-to-perch in her enclosure, but isn’t flying well enough for release. On July 21, routine blood work revealed a low white blood cell count, which could indicate an underlying infection.

On April 8, a mature Bald Eagle was found on the tarmac at Washington Dulles International Airport. Rescuers suspected that an airplane clipped the eagle as it was flying near the runway. The bird was captured and taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator. The rehabilitator kept the bird overnight, and a volunteer transporter drove the eagle to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: July 11, 2014

Bald Eagle #14-0261 has been flying well in its large outdoor enclosure. The eagle’s right wing droop was noted inconsistently into mid-June, but was apparently not affecting the bird’s ability to fly the length of the enclosure.

On April 8, a mature Bald Eagle was found on the tarmac at Washington Dulles International Airport. Rescuers suspected that an airplane clipped the eagle as it was flying near the runway. The bird was captured and taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator. The rehabilitator kept the bird overnight, and a volunteer transporter drove the eagle to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: May 30, 2014

On May 21, Bald Eagle #14-0261 was seen perching in its enclosure displaying an intermittent right wing droop that was not present on intake. The veterinary team also noticed that Bald Eagle #14-0261 had been continuously chewing on both of the protective carpal bumpers that had been placed on its wings. While the droop does not seem to be affecting the bird’s ability to fly, it is suspected to be the result of mild discomfort caused by the carpal bumpers.

On April 8, a mature Bald Eagle was found on the tarmac at Washington Dulles International Airport. Rescuers suspected that an airplane clipped the eagle as it was flying near the runway. The bird was captured and taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator. The rehabilitator kept the bird overnight, and a volunteer transporter drove the eagle to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: May 20, 2014

Bald Eagle #14-0261 was re-radiographed on May 20 to check on the healing progress of the bird’s fractured wing tip. Dr. Rich found that the fractured minor metacarpal was completely healed. He also noted a small bone spur on the tip of the eagle’s wing [noted with the red arrow below]; this could be due to a ligament injury that occurred with the fracture. Dr. Rich does not anticipate that this will affect the eagle’s flight; the injury will be re-checked on radiographs in one month.

On April 8, a mature Bald Eagle was found on the tarmac at Washington Dulles International Airport. Rescuers suspected that an airplane clipped the eagle as it was flying near the runway. The bird was captured and taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator. The rehabilitator kept the bird overnight, and a volunteer transporter drove the eagle to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: May 7, 2014

On May 7, Bald Eagle #14-0261 was caught up for anesthesia and radiographs. Dr. Rich was pleased to see the eagle’s fracture had a stable callous over the fracture site; however, the fracture still needs additional time to fully heal. Dr. Rich removed the eagle’s wing wrap, and placed it back in the C-pen. The bird will remain on cage rest for the next two weeks. 

On April 8, a mature Bald Eagle was found on the tarmac at Washington Dulles International Airport. Rescuers suspected that an airplane clipped the eagle as it was flying near the runway. The bird was captured and taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator. The rehabilitator kept the bird overnight, and a volunteer transporter drove the eagle to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: April 28, 2014

The veterinary team has continued to monitor Bald Eagle #14-0261 during the last few weeks. Each day, the staff visually checks to ensure that the bandage on the Bald Eagle’s wing is clean and intact.

On April 8, a mature Bald Eagle was found on the tarmac at Washington Dulles International Airport. Rescuers suspected that an airplane clipped the eagle as it was flying near the runway. The bird was captured and taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator. The rehabilitator kept the bird overnight, and a volunteer transporter drove the eagle to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: April 14, 2014

After Bald Eagle #14-0261’s admission, the Wildlife Center veterinarians discussed the treatment plan for the feisty eagle. The uncommon fracture will be a difficult injury to treat, due to the location and the feisty disposition of the eagle. The team decided that a specialized wing wrap would be best to immobilize the fractured metacarpal, although healing will depend on keeping the eagle as quiet as possible.

Bald Eagle #14-2150

On September 17, a male adult Bald Eagle was found face down in a field in Accomack County, Virginia. The rescuer brought the bird to local wildlife rehabilitator Gay Frazee later that day. When Gay examined the eagle, he was dull, minimally responsive, and lying down. The bird was given fluids twice that evening and the following morning, the bird was much brighter and able to stand.

Latest Update: October 23, 2014

Bald Eagle #14-2150 was released today at Kiptopeke State Park in front of a crowd of about 60 people. It was very windy on the Eastern Shore, but when president Ed Clark tossed the eagle into the air, the bird flew away, banked left, and soared off over the tree line out of sight.

Photos courtesy of Ron Wrucke:

On September 17, a male adult Bald Eagle was found face down in a field in Accomack County, Virginia. The rescuer brought the bird to local wildlife rehabilitator Gay Frazee later that day. When Gay examined the eagle, he was dull, minimally responsive, and lying down. The bird was given fluids twice that evening and the following morning, the bird was much brighter and able to stand.

Latest Update: October 20, 2014

Bald Eagle #14-2150 has been flying well during the past two weeks. The eagle is able to consistently fly the length of the flight pen an average of 16 times, and has strong flights and good stamina. On Sunday, October 19, the veterinary staff drew blood from the eagle for pre-release diagnostics. Results came back within normal limits, and the eagle was cleared for release.

On September 17, a male adult Bald Eagle was found face down in a field in Accomack County, Virginia. The rescuer brought the bird to local wildlife rehabilitator Gay Frazee later that day. When Gay examined the eagle, he was dull, minimally responsive, and lying down. The bird was given fluids twice that evening and the following morning, the bird was much brighter and able to stand.

Latest Update: October 6, 2014

On October 1, Bald Eagle #14-2150 was moved the A1 enclosure to begin flight conditioning. On the first day of exercise, the bird was uncoordinated, but was able to maintain good height and completed six passes from end to end. The following day, the Bald Eagle grounded once during the session, but was able to quickly fly up to his perches and complete 12 passes.

On September 17, a male adult Bald Eagle was found face down in a field in Accomack County, Virginia. The rescuer brought the bird to local wildlife rehabilitator Gay Frazee later that day. When Gay examined the eagle, he was dull, minimally responsive, and lying down. The bird was given fluids twice that evening and the following morning, the bird was much brighter and able to stand.

Latest Update: October 1, 2014

During the weekend, it was difficult to tell if Bald Eagle #14-2150 was eating – some food was disappearing in the A3 enclosure, but most food was untouched, and the staff were unsure as to which eagle (#14-1450 or roommate #14-1955) was eating. A variety of food is being offered – chopped rat, whole rat, and fish.

On September 30, Critter Cam viewers were tasked with monitoring the eagles' eating habits – and viewers noted that both birds were interested in the plate of chopped rat. Both birds ate some of the food.

On September 17, a male adult Bald Eagle was found face down in a field in Accomack County, Virginia. The rescuer brought the bird to local wildlife rehabilitator Gay Frazee later that day. When Gay examined the eagle, he was dull, minimally responsive, and lying down. The bird was given fluids twice that evening and the following morning, the bird was much brighter and able to stand.

Latest Update: September 26, 2014

Since admission, Bald Eagle #14-2150 has remained bright and alert, but has not eaten on his own. After giving the eagle a wide variety of food for a few days, the veterinary team began force-feeding the eagle to ensure he is consuming enough calories. The eagle was moved to a C-pen enclosure on September 24, but the bird still refused to eat on its own.

American Bittern #14-2257

On October 15, a woman in Montgomery County saw a bird “blown out of the sky” and watched as it fell to the ground. The rescuer was able to capture the bird and took it to nearby Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center. Rehabilitator Sabrina Garvin examined the bird – which was an American Bittern, a medium-sized stocky heron. The bittern was transported to the Wildlife Center on October 16.

Latest Update: October 21, 2014

On Friday, the rehabilitation staff were pleased to note that American Bittern #14-2257 was eating all of the live fish in its temporary “wetlands” in the Center’s aviary. The bittern was perching and hiding, and appeared to be behaving normally for a bittern. The staff increased the number of live fish provided to the bittern – on Saturday, the bird ate 119 fish!

Barred Owlet #14-1179

On June 11, a young Barred Owlet was admitted to the Center after it was found on the ground in Ashe County, North Carolina. During the initial exam, the owlet was very bright, alert, and feisty. Veterinary staff found a small bump on the right side of bird’s beak [likely a callous from an old fracture], some old scabbing on both feet, and evidence of minor blunt head trauma indicated by small amounts of blood in its left eye. A fecal sample revealed the presence of some internal parasites, and the Barred Owlet was started on antibiotics and anti-parasitic medication.

Latest Update: September 25, 2014

Barred Owlets #14-0668 and 14-1179 have been eating well and growing at the Center during the summer. Both owls are looking much more like adults – at times, it can be hard to distinguish between them and their surrogate Barred Owl mother.

Bald Eagle #14-1040

At approximately 3:00 pm on June 3, a Bald Eagle was admitted to the Wildlife Center. Wildlife rehabilitator Diana O’Connor transported the bird to the Center after it was found down on the ground at a power plant in King George County.

Latest Update: July 24, 2014

After six days of living in the A1 flight pen, Bald Eagle #14-1040 appeared to be unable to fly to any moderately high perches. The eagle was often observed either on a short A-frame perch, or on the ground. On July 21, the eagle was caught up and anethetized for radiographs. The veterinary team found several abnormalties in the eagle’s right carpal [wrist] region, including evidence of ligament damage and changes within the bone of the joint.

At approximately 3:00 pm on June 3, a Bald Eagle was admitted to the Wildlife Center. Wildlife rehabilitator Diana O’Connor transported the bird to the Center after it was found down on the ground at a power plant in King George County.

Latest Update: July 15, 2014

On July 15, Bald Eagle #14-1040 was moved to a larger enclosure – flight pen A1. The eagle was doing well in a small outdoor enclosure, and the rehabilitation staff felt the bird would do well in a larger space at this point in the rehabilitation process. The eagle’s amputated toe is healed and the bird has been perching well; Dr. Rich cleared the eagle to be moved to a larger flight pen.

At approximately 3:00 pm on June 3, a Bald Eagle was admitted to the Wildlife Center. Wildlife rehabilitator Diana O’Connor transported the bird to the Center after it was found down on the ground at a power plant in King George County.

Latest Update: July 10, 2014

On June 25, Bald Eagle #14-1040 was moved outside to the Center’s C-pens [C6]. During the next few days, the veterinary staff performed daily checks on the bird’s partially amputated toe and noted that the surgery site was healing well and quickly. On June 28, Dr. Rich Sim removed the eagle’s bandage and found that the toe was completely healed.

At approximately 3:00 pm on June 3, a Bald Eagle was admitted to the Wildlife Center. Wildlife rehabilitator Diana O’Connor transported the bird to the Center after it was found down on the ground at a power plant in King George County.

Latest Update: June 26, 2014

On June 24, Bald Eagle #14-1040 had the sutures removed from its toe amputation. According to Dr. Rich Sim, the incision site was healing well, and was clean and healthy. The veterinary staff bandaged the bird’s toe; they’ll check the bandage daily and will change the bandage every three days. Bald Eagle #14-1040 has been eating well and was moved to the Center’s outdoor C-pens on June 25.  

At approximately 3:00 pm on June 3, a Bald Eagle was admitted to the Wildlife Center. Wildlife rehabilitator Diana O’Connor transported the bird to the Center after it was found down on the ground at a power plant in King George County.

Latest Update: June 16, 2014

After three days of tube-feeding, Bald Eagle #14-1040 showed improvement in attitude and appetite and progressed to eating a meal of chopped rat. The veterinary team continued to provide daily flushing and laser therapy sessions to the eagle’s injured toe, but on June 9, joint fluid from the eagle’s left toe was present, and the veterinary staff determined that the eagle would require a partial amputation of its toe.

Eastern Box Turtle #14-2326

On November 1, a homeowner in Lynchburg found an adult Eastern Box Turtle in her yard – its carapace [upper shell] was entirely painted with pink latex paint! The turtle was taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator, and was transferred to the Wildlife Center on November 15.

Eastern Screech-Owl #14-2281

On October 21, an adult Eastern Screech-Owl was seen falling to the side of the road after it was struck by a semi-truck. A driver stopped and transported the injured owl to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center where it was given fluids, anti-inflamitories, and supportive care. On October 24, the owl was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia for further care.