Current Patients

Virginia Opossum #16-0101

On Friday March 11, the Wildlife Center got a call about an injured Virginia Opossum that was seen on the road less than a quarter mile from the Center. Outreach coordinator Chapin volunteered to scope out the situation and rescue the opossum if necessary.

Chapin found the opossum on the side of the road near the driveway of the Center’s neighbor. The opossum was quiet but alert with blood on her head. Chapin put on thick gloves and used a towel to cover the opossum before placing the injured animal in a crate.

Latest Update: May 25, 2016

Virginia Opossum #16-0101 and her nine babies are doing well. The young opossums are growing quickly; they range in weight from 240-260 grams this week.

According to Dr. Kelli, young opossums typically wean from their mothers when they are about 96 – 108 days old; we estimate these opossums are likely 92 days old. The rehabilitation staff will continue to weigh and monitor the young opossums, and they will be separated from their mother sometime in the next couple of weeks and prepared for release.

On Friday March 11, the Wildlife Center got a call about an injured Virginia Opossum that was seen on the road less than a quarter mile from the Center. Outreach coordinator Chapin volunteered to scope out the situation and rescue the opossum if necessary.

Chapin found the opossum on the side of the road near the driveway of the Center’s neighbor. The opossum was quiet but alert with blood on her head. Chapin put on thick gloves and used a towel to cover the opossum before placing the injured animal in a crate.

Latest Update: May 5, 2016

Opossum #16-0101 and her joeys are doing well. The babies are old enough to have moved out of their mother’s pouch and are fully furred. The veterinary and rehabilitation staff both counted the baby opossums and identified nine joeys. The babies were assigned patient numbers #16-0549 - #16-0557.

On Friday March 11, the Wildlife Center got a call about an injured Virginia Opossum that was seen on the road less than a quarter mile from the Center. Outreach coordinator Chapin volunteered to scope out the situation and rescue the opossum if necessary.

Chapin found the opossum on the side of the road near the driveway of the Center’s neighbor. The opossum was quiet but alert with blood on her head. Chapin put on thick gloves and used a towel to cover the opossum before placing the injured animal in a crate.

Latest Update: April 12, 2016

Virginia Opossum #16-0101 and her baby opossums have been doing well during the past month at the Center. The babies have been spotted outside of the pouch occasionally; they are getting bigger and growing fur.

Eastern Painted Turtle #16-0047

On February 8, a family in Augusta County found an Eastern Painted Turtle in their yard. Because turtles hibernate through the winter, it was extremely unusually to encounter an active turtle at this time of year. It was apparent that the turtle had an injured front left leg. The family cared for the turtle overnight before bringing him to the Wildlife Center the following day. The turtle was admitted as patient #16-0047.

Latest Update: May 25, 2016

Eastern Painted Turtle #16-0047 received pre-release blood work on May 13; results were within normal limits, and the turtle was cleared for release. The turtle moved to an outdoor pool for the final days of rehabilitation.

On May 18, the turtle’s rescuers picked up the turtle for release back in Augusta County.  

On February 8, a family in Augusta County found an Eastern Painted Turtle in their yard. Because turtles hibernate through the winter, it was extremely unusually to encounter an active turtle at this time of year. It was apparent that the turtle had an injured front left leg. The family cared for the turtle overnight before bringing him to the Wildlife Center the following day. The turtle was admitted as patient #16-0047.

Latest Update: May 11, 2016

During the past two months in the hospital, Painted Turtle #16-0047 has been recovering well. The front limb amputation site has healed well and the plastron lesion is now firm and healed.

Turtle patients can be considered for release after May 1; by this date, turtles in the wild have become active following winter hibernation. The veterinary staff believes that turtle #16-0047 is well-healed and can be prepared for release where she was rescued in Augusta County.

On February 8, a family in Augusta County found an Eastern Painted Turtle in their yard. Because turtles hibernate through the winter, it was extremely unusually to encounter an active turtle at this time of year. It was apparent that the turtle had an injured front left leg. The family cared for the turtle overnight before bringing him to the Wildlife Center the following day. The turtle was admitted as patient #16-0047.

Latest Update: March 7, 2016

Eastern Painted Turtle #16-0047 is doing well at the Center. During the past month, the staff has monitored the turtle’s amputation site and plastron fracture; the amputation site is healing well, but the shell fracture has been challenging to manage. The fracture initially appeared to be healing well and required no direct treatment; however, the veterinary staff noticed an abscess along the fracture, causing the fracture to widen.

Black Bear cubs of 2016

In April 2016, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year’s bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2016. In some cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers; in one case, a cub was truly orphaned after his mother was killed by a vehicle. Another cub had injuries likely sustained from an animal attack.

Latest Update: May 19, 2016

On the afternoon of May 17, the three bear cubs were moved to the Center’s Large Mammal Isolation enclosure. No Tag was the first to come out of the zinger crate, followed by Red Tag, then White Tag. White Tag watched her brothers from the safety of a bear den, while Red Tag and No Tag began climbing the walls and logs in the enclosure.

The bears are doing well so far, and the Center staff are working on diagnosing issues with the Critter Cam in this enclosure.

In April 2016, the Wildlife Center began admitting this year’s bear cubs from locations throughout Virginia. These bears were likely born between early January to mid-February of 2016. In some cases, the cubs were separated from their mothers; in one case, a cub was truly orphaned after his mother was killed by a vehicle. Another cub had injuries likely sustained from an animal attack.

Latest Update: May 17, 2016

The trio of Black Bear cubs is doing well at the Wildlife Center. Until this week, the cubs have been housed in zinger crates in the Center’s Metal Cage Complex; this outdoor structure offers protection from the elements and has been a quiet place for the cubs to get used to bottle-feeding and meet one another. Now that the cubs are introduced and are getting more playful with one another, it’s time to move to a bigger enclosure!

Deer Mouse #16-0185 and babies

On March 29, a private citizen disturbed a mouse nest in the foam seat of a three-wheeler vehicle. The nest contained a mother Deer Mouse and her three babies. The rescuer placed the mom and her babies in an aquarium overnight, knowing that they needed a safe place since the mother mouse was still nursing her young.

Overnight, the mother escaped and the rescuer decided to bring the three babies to the Wildlife Center so the trained rehabilitation staff could raise them appropriately. The three babies were admitted as patients #16-0180, #16-0181, and #16-0182.

Latest Update: May 17, 2016

On May 10, Deer Mouse #16-0185 and her five babies were released not far from the Wildlife Center. The litter spent nearly a month with their mother at the Center before they were old enough to take care of themselves in the wild. The family was released together, and rehabilitation extern Kylee captured it on video.

 

On March 29, a private citizen disturbed a mouse nest in the foam seat of a three-wheeler vehicle. The nest contained a mother Deer Mouse and her three babies. The rescuer placed the mom and her babies in an aquarium overnight, knowing that they needed a safe place since the mother mouse was still nursing her young.

Overnight, the mother escaped and the rescuer decided to bring the three babies to the Wildlife Center so the trained rehabilitation staff could raise them appropriately. The three babies were admitted as patients #16-0180, #16-0181, and #16-0182.

Latest Update: April 29, 2016

On April 15, Deer Mouse #16-0185 surprised the staff by giving birth to five more babies! The babies were given patient numbers shortly after birth - #16-0282, #16-0283, #16-0284, #16-0285, and #16-0286. Based on the gestation period for Deer Mice, the mother mouse was already pregnant when she was admitted to the Wildlife Center in mid-April.

Fortunately, the first litter of juvenile deer mice was nearly completely weaned by this time, and the three young mice #16-0180, #16-0181, and #16-0182 were moved away from their mother into a separate enclosure.

On March 29, a private citizen disturbed a mouse nest in the foam seat of a three-wheeler vehicle. The nest contained a mother Deer Mouse and her three babies. The rescuer placed the mom and her babies in an aquarium overnight, knowing that they needed a safe place since the mother mouse was still nursing her young.

Overnight, the mother escaped and the rescuer decided to bring the three babies to the Wildlife Center so the trained rehabilitation staff could raise them appropriately. The three babies were admitted as patients #16-0180, #16-0181, and #16-0182.

Latest Update: April 12, 2016

Deer Mouse #16-0185 and her babies have been doing very well in the Center’s ICU. Dr. Kelli reports that the babies have been nursing intermittently and are “eating like champs.” Staff will continue to care for the mom and three baby mice until they can be released into the wild.
 

Black Bear cub #16-0487

On April 30, a female Black Bear cub was admitted to the Center after she was found in Greene County, Virginia. A citizen found the cub in his pasture, and at first thought the small bear as a cat; when he realized it was a cub, he placed her in a cat carrier and called the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The DGIF officer who picked up the cub believes the bear was likely displaced by the nearby Rocky Mount fire in Shenandoah National Park.

Latest Update: May 17, 2016

Black Bear cub #16-0487 (White Tag) has been doing well during the past two weeks at the Wildlife Center; the cub has been drinking some formula from a bottle, but prefers to eat her thickened formula out of a mush bowl. The cub currently weighs 3.14 kg.

On May 12, White Tag was introduced to her new brother, Black Bear cub #16-0598. The two cubs have been getting along well. Here’s a video of White Tag before she was introduced to the other cub.

Black Bear cub #16-0568

On May 5, a citizen found a bear cub on the side of the road in Pittsylvania County. The cub was alone and had a wound on its back. The bear was taken to a local permitted wildlife rehabilitator, who cleaned maggots from the wound and treated the bear with an anti-parasitic medication and medicinal honey. The following day, a Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officer transported the cub to the Wildlife Center.

Latest Update: May 17, 2016

Black Bear cub #16-0568 (Red Tag) has been healing well during the past week. The cub’s wounds and sutures are checked and cleaned daily, and Dr. Dana is pleased with the healing progress. On Friday, May 13, Dr. Dana decided to remove the cub’s e-collar; on Sunday, May 15, the cub was cleared to be introduced to the two other bear cubs. The rehabilitation staff will be monitoring the cubs closely to ensure no sutures are accidentally removed in cub wrestling matches. If all goes according to plan, Red Tag will have his sutures removed on Sunday, May 22. 

Black Bear #16-0364

April 23 was a busy day for admissions – particularly bear admissions! Shortly after Black Bear yearling #16-0354 was admitted, another Black Bear arrived at the Center.

Latest Update: May 13, 2016

On May 12, Drs. Dana and Helen darted and sedated Black Bear #16-0364 for a recheck examination and blood work. The bear was successfully darted and brought into the Center’s hospital.

April 23 was a busy day for admissions – particularly bear admissions! Shortly after Black Bear yearling #16-0354 was admitted, another Black Bear arrived at the Center.

Latest Update: May 3, 2016

On April 28, Drs. Dave and Dana successfully darted and sedated Black Bear #16-0364. The bear was brought into the Wildlife Center’s hospital for a full examination and radiographs, along with blood work and biopsies.

Peregrine Falcon #15-2167

On October 13, an adult male Peregrine Falcon was found down on the ground in a residential neighborhood in King William County, Virginia. A construction crew found the injured bird and called for help. The falcon was taken to Cary Street Veterinary Hospital in downtown Richmond before he was transferred to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: May 13, 2016

During the past two months, Peregrine Falcon #15-2157 has struggled with some recurring health issues. The falcon was doing well outdoors at first, but then developed bumblefoot lesions again. In April, the bird also managed to self-inflict a keel injury that required suturing. The veterinary staff continue to treat the bird; unfortunately, the falcon’s foot issues have been a recurring issue.

On October 13, an adult male Peregrine Falcon was found down on the ground in a residential neighborhood in King William County, Virginia. A construction crew found the injured bird and called for help. The falcon was taken to Cary Street Veterinary Hospital in downtown Richmond before he was transferred to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: March 7, 2016

During the past month, the veterinary staff has been carefully monitoring Peregrine Falcon #15-2167’s feet for bumblefoot. Dr. Dana reports that the falcon’s toes are clear from signs of bumblefoot, but the central pad is still thin. The falcon’s ID bandages will remain in place and the staff will check the bird’s feet every three days.

On October 13, an adult male Peregrine Falcon was found down on the ground in a residential neighborhood in King William County, Virginia. A construction crew found the injured bird and called for help. The falcon was taken to Cary Street Veterinary Hospital in downtown Richmond before he was transferred to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: January 29, 2016

Peregrine Falcon #15-2167 has been doing well during the past six weeks. The bird’s bumblefoot has improved, however the papillae are flat on the falcon’s central foot pads, requiring the continuation of bandaging both feet.

On October 13, an adult male Peregrine Falcon was found down on the ground in a residential neighborhood in King William County, Virginia. A construction crew found the injured bird and called for help. The falcon was taken to Cary Street Veterinary Hospital in downtown Richmond before he was transferred to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: December 11, 2015

During the past two weeks, the veterinary staff has been carefully managing Peregrine Falcon #15-2167. To treat the bird’s bumblefoot, three perches have been rotated in and out of the bird’s crate – a flat perch, a toilet paper perch (which is soft and molds to the bird’s feet), and a pebble perch.

On October 13, an adult male Peregrine Falcon was found down on the ground in a residential neighborhood in King William County, Virginia. A construction crew found the injured bird and called for help. The falcon was taken to Cary Street Veterinary Hospital in downtown Richmond before he was transferred to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: November 24, 2015

For the past month, the staff has been performing physical therapy on the falcon’s wing every three days in an effort to prevent the joint, muscles, or patagium from permanently contracting. Prior to admission, the falcon had an injury to his patagium, and unfortunately, repeat radiographs of the left wing on November 17 showed that the patagium has not improved despite physical therapy sessions.

On October 13, an adult male Peregrine Falcon was found down on the ground in a residential neighborhood in King William County, Virginia. A construction crew found the injured bird and called for help. The falcon was taken to Cary Street Veterinary Hospital in downtown Richmond before he was transferred to the Wildlife Center the following day.

Latest Update: October 27, 2015

Peregrine Falcon #15-2167 has been doing well in the days following his surgery. The bird is now readily eating on his own and has gained weight; the vet staff will be monitoring the falcon’s weight, body condition score, and food intake closely to ensure that the bird doesn’t gain too much weight. Regular foot checks are also performed since Peregrine Falcons in captivity can be prone to developing foot issues.

Black Bear cub #16-0598

Late at night on May 9, a Black Bear sow and her two cubs were crossing a road in Staunton, Virginia, when the mother bear and one cub were hit and killed by a vehicle. The surviving cub was found alone by the road; a deputy with the Augusta County Sheriff's Office picked up the cub and called the Wildlife Center's emergency on-call phone.

Latest Update: May 11, 2016

When Black Bear cub #16-0598 arrived at Virginia Tech’s Black Bear Research Center, the cub was placed in a crate facing the surrogate sow and her two cubs. One of the two cubs is known to the Wildlife Center as #16-0305, which was fostered onto the sow in April. 

Late at night on May 9, a Black Bear sow and her two cubs were crossing a road in Staunton, Virginia, when the mother bear and one cub were hit and killed by a vehicle. The surviving cub was found alone by the road; a deputy with the Augusta County Sheriff's Office picked up the cub and called the Wildlife Center's emergency on-call phone.

Latest Update: May 11, 2016

On May 10, Dr. Dave anesthetized Black Bear cub #16-0598 for a complete physical exam, radiographs, and blood work. Results were within normal limits and the cub was deemed healthy.

Great Horned Owl #16-0191

On March 31, an adult female Great Horned Owl was admitted to the Center from Albemarle County after she was found trapped in netting over a chicken coop. During the initial exam, the owl was bright, alert, and very feisty. Dr. Dana found small laceration on the bird’s left wing with exposed tendon, multiple small wounds that were consistent with net entanglement on the bird’s left wing, and several tattered feathers. Radiographs were unremarkable.

Latest Update: May 9, 2016

During the past two weeks, Great Horned Owl #16-0191 has been exercising well; the bird has gained stamina and can glide during flight. Within the past week, she’s graduated to the “optimum level” of passes during each exercise session; the owl seems to have no issues flying 15 passes or more.

As long as the owl continues to fly well during the next few days, she’ll be started on live-prey testing in preparation for release.

On March 31, an adult female Great Horned Owl was admitted to the Center from Albemarle County after she was found trapped in netting over a chicken coop. During the initial exam, the owl was bright, alert, and very feisty. Dr. Dana found small laceration on the bird’s left wing with exposed tendon, multiple small wounds that were consistent with net entanglement on the bird’s left wing, and several tattered feathers. Radiographs were unremarkable.

Latest Update: April 22, 2016

During the past three weeks, the veterinary staff have continued to monitor Great Horned Owl #16-0191 and her flying abilities. At first, the owl consistently exhibited a mild to moderate left wing droop, but as the owl was allowed to rest, the owl’s wing gradually recovered. By mid-April, the bird was holding her wing in a more normal position and her flight had improved.

Great Horned Owlet #16-0456

On April 29, the Wildlife Center admitted patient #16-0456 – an orphaned Great Horned Owlet rescued from Roanoke, VA. The owlet was transferred to the Wildlife Center from the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center to be reared by the Center’s surrogate Great Horned Owl, Papa G’Ho.

Latest Update: May 6, 2016

The Great Horned Owl family is doing well at the Wildlife Center. Many Critter Cam viewers have been able to watch the Center’s non-releasable surrogate, Papa G’Ho, and the three young Great Horned Owlets during the past week. The owlets are eating well, growing, and have been very playful – the rehabilitation staff have been adding various enrichment items regularly.

Great Horned Owlet #16-0307

On April 18, a nestling Great Horned Owlet was brought to the Wildlife Center of Virginia with a possible wing injury and was admitted as patient #16-0307.

Latest Update: May 6, 2016

The Great Horned Owl family is doing well at the Wildlife Center. Many Critter Cam viewers have been able to watch the Center’s non-releasable surrogate, Papa G’Ho, and the three young Great Horned Owlets during the past week. The owlets are eating well, growing, and have been very playful – the rehabilitation staff have been adding various enrichment items regularly.

Great Horned Owlet #16-0097

On March 9, the Wildlife Center of Virginia admitted a hatchling Great Horned Owl after its nest was destroyed after a logging company was clearing trees. Loggers found the young owlet, and transported it to the Center, where the bird was admitted as patient #16-0097.

Latest Update: May 6, 2016

The Great Horned Owl family is doing well at the Wildlife Center. Many Critter Cam viewers have been able to watch the Center’s non-releasable surrogate, Papa G’Ho, and the three young Great Horned Owlets during the past week. The owlets are eating well, growing, and have been very playful – the rehabilitation staff have been adding various enrichment items regularly.

On March 9, the Wildlife Center of Virginia admitted a hatchling Great Horned Owl after its nest was destroyed after a logging company was clearing trees. Loggers found the young owlet, and transported it to the Center, where the bird was admitted as patient #16-0097.

Latest Update: April 13, 2016

Great Horned Owlet #16-0097 has been doing well in the small outdoor enclosure with Papa G’Ho. Since the owlet is exploring more and testing out its wings, the staff decided to move the young owl and Papa to a larger enclosure [FP6]. You can now watch for them on Critter Cam at night! 

On March 9, the Wildlife Center of Virginia admitted a hatchling Great Horned Owl after its nest was destroyed after a logging company was clearing trees. Loggers found the young owlet, and transported it to the Center, where the bird was admitted as patient #16-0097.

Latest Update: April 4, 2016

Great Horned Owlet #16-0097 continues to improve and is walking and moving its limbs normally. On March 27, Dr. Dana took follow-up radiographs of Great Horned Owlet #16-0097’s leg. Radiographs revealed that the young owlet’s fracture was a mineralized callus at the fracture site with mild displacement. Dr. Dana believes that the healed limb will not cause the bird any long-term problems since the owlet is using both of its limbs normally.

On March 9, the Wildlife Center of Virginia admitted a hatchling Great Horned Owl after its nest was destroyed after a logging company was clearing trees. Loggers found the young owlet, and transported it to the Center, where the bird was admitted as patient #16-0097.

Latest Update: March 23, 2016

Great Horned Owlet #16-0097 improved significantly during the past week and has been eating well. On March 17, Dr. Helen took follow-up radiographs, which confirmed that the fracture was stable and showed mineral bridging as well as callous formation at the site. Since the fracture was healing well, Dr. Helen removed the owlet’s splint. The vet staff closely monitored the owlet’s foot for swelling and, by March 21, the young owlet was using both legs and feet normally – grabbing towels and bearing his full weight.

On March 9, the Wildlife Center of Virginia admitted a hatchling Great Horned Owl after its nest was destroyed after a logging company was clearing trees. Loggers found the young owlet, and transported it to the Center, where the bird was admitted as patient #16-0097.

Latest Update: March 15, 2016

Great Horned Owlet #16-0097 has gradually improved during the past five days. The young owl is now eating well and is beginning to eat from a chopped plate. Dr. Dana reports the bruises on the bird’s left wing and leg are improving and noted that the swelling in the bird’s left foot has decreased with daily massages and bandage changes.

Black Bear #16-0354

On April 23, another thin Black Bear yearling was admitted to the Wildlife Center. The yearling had been spotted in Alleghany County for several days before the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries was contacted; a biologist was able to sedate and capture the bear on April 22 before he transported the bear to the Center the following day.

Latest Update: May 3, 2016

Black Bear yearling #16-0354 (Orange Tag) has been recovering well so far at the Wildlife Center. The bear is eating all of his food, producing normal feces, and appears to be ambulating normally in the Center’s bear enclosure. The bear received his second dose of ivermectin (anti-parasitic medication) for mange on Saturday, April 30. The bear will receive two more doses before the staff consider moving him to the Bear Complex. 

Eastern Ratsnake #15-2068

On September 20, an Eastern Ratsnake was rescued by homeowners Eva and Andrew King (local falconers who have worked with the Wildlife Center) in Keswick, Virginia. The snake visits the Kings’ hen house regularly and eats approximately four eggs during each visit. The Kings often happily offer a few eggs to the snake, as his continued presence helps maintain a healthy ecosystem in their backyard.

Latest Update: May 3, 2016

After spending the winter in the Wildlife Center’s temperature-controlled Reptile Room, Eastern Ratsnake #15-2068 was released on May 2. The snake’s surgical site had healed well, and pre-release blood work was normal.

Dr. Dave returned the snake to the land from which he was rescued. The initial rescuers Eva and Andrew released the snake and offered him an egg upon his release, but the snake ignored the egg and moved on.

On September 20, an Eastern Ratsnake was rescued by homeowners Eva and Andrew King (local falconers who have worked with the Wildlife Center) in Keswick, Virginia. The snake visits the Kings’ hen house regularly and eats approximately four eggs during each visit. The Kings often happily offer a few eggs to the snake, as his continued presence helps maintain a healthy ecosystem in their backyard.

Latest Update: February 11, 2016

During his winter stay at the Wildlife Center, Eastern Ratsnake #15-2068 has been doing well. His appetite has been strong and he has gained weight since being admitted in September.

On September 20, an Eastern Ratsnake was rescued by homeowners Eva and Andrew King (local falconers who have worked with the Wildlife Center) in Keswick, Virginia. The snake visits the Kings’ hen house regularly and eats approximately four eggs during each visit. The Kings often happily offer a few eggs to the snake, as his continued presence helps maintain a healthy ecosystem in their backyard.

Latest Update: September 28, 2015

Eastern Ratsnake #15-2068 remains bright and alert, and the surgical site is healing well.

Black Bear #16-0304

On April 18, a male yearling Black Bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center. The skinny yearling had been seen in Charlotte County for about a week before it was able to be captured and transported to the Wildlife Center by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Latest Update: April 28, 2016

During this past weekend, Black Bear yearling #16-0304 was transitioned onto a normal adult bear diet. The bear is doing well; he’s eating all of the food offered and has normal stool. As many Critter Cam viewers have noted, the bear appears to be stronger and is able to ambulate normally and climb in the bear pen enclosure. The staff will continue to feed the bear a normal bear diet and will also introduce various food enrichment activities. 

On April 18, a male yearling Black Bear was admitted to the Wildlife Center. The skinny yearling had been seen in Charlotte County for about a week before it was able to be captured and transported to the Wildlife Center by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Latest Update: April 21, 2016

Black Bear yearling #16-0304 continues the slow recovery from emaciation. Dr. Helen has been monitoring the yearling closely, and each day, the bear continues to appear weak, yet alert. On April 20, the bear’s zinger crate was moved to the Center’s Bear Pen; in the afternoon, the staff opened the door of the zinger crate to allow the bear to have full access to Bear Pen #3. The bear was seen slowly walking around and exploring the space.

Black Bear #16-0054

On Sunday, February 7, a small yearling Black Bear was spotted in a tree on a homeowner’s property in Christiansburg, Virginia. The homeowner contacted the Wildlife Center, thinking that the bear was an orphaned cub. A Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries biologist went to the property to assess the bear and identified it as a yearling, no longer dependent on its mother. The bear was behaving normally despite being unusually small for a yearling.

Latest Update: April 21, 2016

As the final two bears of 2015 were being darted and prepped for release on April 20, Dr. Dave was able to successfully dart Black Bear yearling #16-0054 (“Black Tag”). The yearling was very cautious but stayed on the ground long enough for Dr. Dave to dart her. Dr. Dave had to follow up twice with additional injections to ensure the bear was fully asleep and safe enough to handle for an examination.

On Sunday, February 7, a small yearling Black Bear was spotted in a tree on a homeowner’s property in Christiansburg, Virginia. The homeowner contacted the Wildlife Center, thinking that the bear was an orphaned cub. A Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries biologist went to the property to assess the bear and identified it as a yearling, no longer dependent on its mother. The bear was behaving normally despite being unusually small for a yearling.

Latest Update: March 24, 2016

Black Bear yearling #16-0054 (Black Tag) is doing well in the Center’s Black Bear Complex. She’s often found resting in the top of a tree, keeping an eye on everything down below. During the week of March 21, the veterinary team performed pre-release examinations on the seven bears admitted in 2015; while the team wanted to examine Black Tag, she couldn’t be convinced to come down. She did, however, defecate from her high perch – indicating that she has been eating well in the complex with the other bears. 

On Sunday, February 7, a small yearling Black Bear was spotted in a tree on a homeowner’s property in Christiansburg, Virginia. The homeowner contacted the Wildlife Center, thinking that the bear was an orphaned cub. A Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries biologist went to the property to assess the bear and identified it as a yearling, no longer dependent on its mother. The bear was behaving normally despite being unusually small for a yearling.

Latest Update: March 17, 2016

On Thursday, March 17, interim wildlife rehabilitator Kendra opened the gate between transition area #1 and yard #1 of the Black Bear Complex. This was done in preparation for pre-release health checks for the other seven bears at the Center, but also effectively introduced Black Bear yearling #16-0054 to the other bears.

On Sunday, February 7, a small yearling Black Bear was spotted in a tree on a homeowner’s property in Christiansburg, Virginia. The homeowner contacted the Wildlife Center, thinking that the bear was an orphaned cub. A Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries biologist went to the property to assess the bear and identified it as a yearling, no longer dependent on its mother. The bear was behaving normally despite being unusually small for a yearling.

Latest Update: March 3, 2016

Black Bear yearling #16-0054 continues to recover in the transition area of the Center’s Black Bear Complex. The bear is eating her food and has been seen walking around in the transition enclosure, but typically retreats to the safety of her den when the rehabilitation staff deliver food.

The yearling will likely remain by herself so that she can continue to eat food without competition from the seven other large yearlings in yard #1.

On Sunday, February 7, a small yearling Black Bear was spotted in a tree on a homeowner’s property in Christiansburg, Virginia. The homeowner contacted the Wildlife Center, thinking that the bear was an orphaned cub. A Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries biologist went to the property to assess the bear and identified it as a yearling, no longer dependent on its mother. The bear was behaving normally despite being unusually small for a yearling.

Latest Update: February 24, 2016

Black Bear #16-0054 has been doing well during the past few days. Interim wildlife rehabilitator Kendra began offering the bear’s food in a bowl near the den so that the staff could more accurately assess how much the bear is eating; the rehabilitation staff report that the bear typically drags the bowl into the den with her after her meal is served. The yearling is has been spotted walking around the transition area several times in the past few days but seems to spend most of her time in the den. 

On Sunday, February 7, a small yearling Black Bear was spotted in a tree on a homeowner’s property in Christiansburg, Virginia. The homeowner contacted the Wildlife Center, thinking that the bear was an orphaned cub. A Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries biologist went to the property to assess the bear and identified it as a yearling, no longer dependent on its mother. The bear was behaving normally despite being unusually small for a yearling.

Latest Update: February 17, 2016

Black Bear yearling #16-0054 was moved to the transition area of yard #1 in the Center’s Black Bear Complex on Saturday, February 13. A variety of food was left for the small yearling – dog food, seeds, berries, vegetables, and insects.

Bald Eagle #16-0038

On February 1, a mature Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Stafford, Virginia. The bird was picked up by an animal control officer and taken to a local veterinary clinic before it was transferred to a permitted rehabilitator in the area. On February 2, the Bald Eagle was driven to the Wildlife Center of Virginia by a dedicated volunteer transporter.

Latest Update: March 30, 2016

Bald Eagle #16-0038’s feet continue to slowly heal. On March 28, a routine check revealed that the lesion on the eagle’s left foot was swollen. A topical disinfectant and sealing agent were applied to the wound. Center staff continues to monitor the healing progress during bi-weekly foot and feather checks.

On February 1, a mature Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Stafford, Virginia. The bird was picked up by an animal control officer and taken to a local veterinary clinic before it was transferred to a permitted rehabilitator in the area. On February 2, the Bald Eagle was driven to the Wildlife Center of Virginia by a dedicated volunteer transporter.

Latest Update: March 15, 2016

Bald Eagle #16-0038 remained in a small outdoor enclosure throughout the first half of March. On March 14, the veterinary team re-radiographed the eagle’s healing wing, and found that the fracture was healed and very stable. Dr. Dana noted that the eagle’s left wing is mildly stiff, but the bird is able to achieve full wing extension. The wounds on the eagle’s face and feet continue to heal well.

On February 1, a mature Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Stafford, Virginia. The bird was picked up by an animal control officer and taken to a local veterinary clinic before it was transferred to a permitted rehabilitator in the area. On February 2, the Bald Eagle was driven to the Wildlife Center of Virginia by a dedicated volunteer transporter.

Latest Update: March 1, 2016

On February 21, radiographs were taken to check on Bald Eagle #16-0038’s healing fracture; radiographs showed that the fracture alignment was unchanged. Dr. Dana expected to see a little more healing progress, but it’s likely that the fracture has been slower to callus since it’s been challenging for the vet staff to keep the eagle’s wing completely immobile.

On February 1, a mature Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Stafford, Virginia. The bird was picked up by an animal control officer and taken to a local veterinary clinic before it was transferred to a permitted rehabilitator in the area. On February 2, the Bald Eagle was driven to the Wildlife Center of Virginia by a dedicated volunteer transporter.

Latest Update: February 17, 2016

In the 10 days following her admission, Bald Eagle #16-0038 recovered in the Center’s holding room. At first, the eagle mostly left her wing bandage and body wrap alone, but soon it became a daily challenge to get the eagle to leave her bandages on! The eagle regularly picked at her wing bandages, and on a few occasions managed to partly remove or loosen them; Dr. Dana also noted that the bird is so large and strong, that even the body wrap doesn’t completely prevent the bird from slightly moving her injured wing.

On February 1, a mature Bald Eagle was found down on the ground in Stafford, Virginia. The bird was picked up by an animal control officer and taken to a local veterinary clinic before it was transferred to a permitted rehabilitator in the area. On February 2, the Bald Eagle was driven to the Wildlife Center of Virginia by a dedicated volunteer transporter.

Latest Update: February 5, 2016

Bald Eagle #16-0038 is recovering quietly at the Wildlife Center. Dr. Dana reports that the eagle is perching, eating well, and mostly leaving her bandages alone, which can be an important component of the healing process! The eagle’s heart rate has been within normal limits during the past two days.

The veterinary team continues to clean the eagle’s foot and face wounds daily; all lacerations are currently static. Repeat radiographs are scheduled for February 13.

Bald Eaglet #15-1339

On June 26, the Wildlife Center admitted the another hatch-year Bald Eaglet. This young bird was originally rescued in Fauquier County, Virginia, in late May and was cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. The bird was initially found down on the ground, in very poor body condition, with maggots and fly eggs on its tail and wing feathers, as well as its legs.

Latest Update: March 30, 2016

Bald Eagle #15-1339 continues daily exercise in one of the Center’s A-pen flight enclosures. Since mid-February, there hasn’t been much improvement in the bird’s flight ability; while the eagle does fly at least 15 passes during each exercise session, the bird still struggles to maintain elevation during flight. The eagle is able to regain altitude and typically flies back up to a high perch in the enclosure, but the staff would like to see the eagle maintain elevation from perch-to-perch, as opposed to swooping down in the middle of the flight pen.

On June 26, the Wildlife Center admitted the another hatch-year Bald Eaglet. This young bird was originally rescued in Fauquier County, Virginia, in late May and was cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. The bird was initially found down on the ground, in very poor body condition, with maggots and fly eggs on its tail and wing feathers, as well as its legs.

Latest Update: February 19, 2016

Bald Eagle #15-1339’s flight has improved during the past two weeks; the bird is able to fly more passes in the A3 flight enclosure during each daily exercise session. 

On June 26, the Wildlife Center admitted the another hatch-year Bald Eaglet. This young bird was originally rescued in Fauquier County, Virginia, in late May and was cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. The bird was initially found down on the ground, in very poor body condition, with maggots and fly eggs on its tail and wing feathers, as well as its legs.

Latest Update: January 29, 2016

On January 5, Bald Eagle #15-1339 had radiographs taken to recheck the swelling in the bird’s right wing. Dr. Helen saw no abnormalities; the eagle was cleared to move to a smaller enclosure [C-pen] before moving back to a large flight pen for exercise.

On June 26, the Wildlife Center admitted the another hatch-year Bald Eaglet. This young bird was originally rescued in Fauquier County, Virginia, in late May and was cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. The bird was initially found down on the ground, in very poor body condition, with maggots and fly eggs on its tail and wing feathers, as well as its legs.

Latest Update: December 29, 2015

During the past week, Bald Eagle #15-1339’s quality of flight has declined. The young bird was exercising fairly well in mid-December, and averaging about 12-15 passes during each daily exercise session. Toward the end of each session, wildlife rehabilitator Leighann noted that the bird’s wings did not appear symmetrical and that one wing was working a little harder than the other. Within the past week, the bird flew fewer passes during each session and was struggling to gain height.

On June 26, the Wildlife Center admitted the another hatch-year Bald Eaglet. This young bird was originally rescued in Fauquier County, Virginia, in late May and was cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. The bird was initially found down on the ground, in very poor body condition, with maggots and fly eggs on its tail and wing feathers, as well as its legs.

Latest Update: December 17, 2015

Bald Eagle #15-1339 continues to exercise daily and during the past few weeks, the bird’s stamina has improved. The bird’s flight continues to improve though still needs improvement before release is considered. At this point, the eagle flies an average of 10-15 passes in the flight enclosure and still needs to improve in height and lift. On December 16, the eagle was moved to flight pen A1, along with Bald Eagle #15-0355.

On June 26, the Wildlife Center admitted the another hatch-year Bald Eaglet. This young bird was originally rescued in Fauquier County, Virginia, in late May and was cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. The bird was initially found down on the ground, in very poor body condition, with maggots and fly eggs on its tail and wing feathers, as well as its legs.

Latest Update: November 19, 2015

Bald Eagle #15-1339 is still flying inconsistently during daily exercise – getting tired quickly some days, flapping instead of gliding, or flying to the ground rather than a perch.

The eagle’s imped feathers remain intact, though some of the feathers on the left wing are tattered or broken. The bird occasionally has a left wing droop during and after exercise; Dr. Helen took radiographs on November 9 to identify any abnormalities, but the results were unremarkable.

On June 26, the Wildlife Center admitted the another hatch-year Bald Eaglet. This young bird was originally rescued in Fauquier County, Virginia, in late May and was cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. The bird was initially found down on the ground, in very poor body condition, with maggots and fly eggs on its tail and wing feathers, as well as its legs.

Latest Update: November 5, 2015

On October 29, the veterinary staff performed the imping procedure on Bald Eagle #15-1339. Feathers were replaced on both of the eagle’s wings as well as its tail, user donor feathers from two different Bald Eagles. Three days later, Bald Eagle #15-1339 resumed daily exercise.

On June 26, the Wildlife Center admitted the another hatch-year Bald Eaglet. This young bird was originally rescued in Fauquier County, Virginia, in late May and was cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. The bird was initially found down on the ground, in very poor body condition, with maggots and fly eggs on its tail and wing feathers, as well as its legs.

Latest Update: October 27, 2015

On October 6, a backpack GPS transmitter was placed on Bald Eagle #15-1339. Following placement of the backpack, the staff continued to exercise the eagle to ensure the bird was able to easily fly with the new device attached.

On June 26, the Wildlife Center admitted the another hatch-year Bald Eaglet. This young bird was originally rescued in Fauquier County, Virginia, in late May and was cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. The bird was initially found down on the ground, in very poor body condition, with maggots and fly eggs on its tail and wing feathers, as well as its legs.

Latest Update: October 2, 2015

Bald Eaglets #15-1261, #15-1319, and #15-1339 have all been flying well – at least on days when it hasn’t been raining heavily! The birds are starting to achieve their “optimum level” of flight – 15 or more passes during each exercise session.

On June 26, the Wildlife Center admitted the another hatch-year Bald Eaglet. This young bird was originally rescued in Fauquier County, Virginia, in late May and was cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. The bird was initially found down on the ground, in very poor body condition, with maggots and fly eggs on its tail and wing feathers, as well as its legs.

Latest Update: August 28, 2015

The four young Bald Eagles in flight pen A3 have been doing well during the past month. Three of the young eaglets -- #15-1261, #15-1312, and #15- 1339 -- have gradually started flying. At first, they made short flights to the swinging perches, but soon the short flights were replaced by longer flights up to the tower and flights from end-to-end in the flight pen. All birds are eating well and are maintaining weight.

On June 26, the Wildlife Center admitted the another hatch-year Bald Eaglet. This young bird was originally rescued in Fauquier County, Virginia, in late May and was cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. The bird was initially found down on the ground, in very poor body condition, with maggots and fly eggs on its tail and wing feathers, as well as its legs.

Latest Update: July 15, 2015

On July 15, the veterinary staff moved Bald Eaglets #15-0733 and #15-1261 from the tower area to the main flight area of A3. Blood work for Bald Eaglet #15-1261 has improved, and Bald Eaglet #15-0733’s wing has continued to heal well.

This recent move means that four eaglets are now being housed together. They can be identified on Critter Cam by their colorful, protective “wrist” bumpers:

On June 26, the Wildlife Center admitted the another hatch-year Bald Eaglet. This young bird was originally rescued in Fauquier County, Virginia, in late May and was cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. The bird was initially found down on the ground, in very poor body condition, with maggots and fly eggs on its tail and wing feathers, as well as its legs.

Latest Update: July 8, 2015

Bald Eaglets #15-1312 and 15-1339 have been doing well in flight pen A3 during the past week. As many Critter Cam viewers have noted, the eaglets are still young and spend some of the time laying down on the ground to rest and sleep.

On June 26, the Wildlife Center admitted the another hatch-year Bald Eaglet. This young bird was originally rescued in Fauquier County, Virginia, in late May and was cared for by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. The bird was initially found down on the ground, in very poor body condition, with maggots and fly eggs on its tail and wing feathers, as well as its legs.

Latest Update: July 1, 2015

Bald Eaglet #15-1312 has been eating well during the past few days and has gained weight; the bird now weighs 3.97 kg. The young eagle is very alert and feisty, and on July 1, was moved to flight pen A3.

Bald Eagle #15-0355

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County.  An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.

Latest Update: March 30, 2016

During the past six weeks, Bald Eagle #15-0355 has been exercised daily in one of the Center’s flight enclosures. Despite many months of exercise and rehabilitation, the eagle has not made significant improvements in stamina or quality of flight. Given the eagle’s medical and rehabilitation history, the veterinary team decided to deem this eagle non-releasable. Center staff will begin the process of looking for placement for this Bald Eagle. 

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County.  An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.

Latest Update: February 17, 2016

During the last two weeks of January, the rehabilitation staff continued to exercise Bald Eagle #15-0355 and administered daily anti-inflammatories to see if the pain-reliever would treat the bird’s left wing droop. The bird continued to make at least 15 passes end-to-end, but was very flappy and appeared to be exerting considerable effort to gain height while flying.

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County.  An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.

Latest Update: January 29, 2016

During the week of January 11, Bald Eagle #15-0355 was cage-rested and monitored. The veterinary team was able to keep an eye on the eagle through one of the Wildlife Center’s webcams; the staff continued to note the eagle’s left wing droop.

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County.  An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.

Latest Update: January 13, 2016

Bald Eagle #15-0355 was exercising well last week, although the bird was not able to attain the optimum level of exercise to be considered for release. Mid-week, the bird’s flight became a little more labored; the veterinary staff adjusted the size of the protective carpal bumpers on the eagle's "wrists" to see if smaller bumpers would make the bird more comfortable. Toward the end of the week, the eagle displayed an intermittent left wing droop.

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County.  An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.

Latest Update: January 6, 2016

During the past 10 days, Bald Eagle #15-0355 has continued to fly well during daily exercise. The staff and students report that she is regularly making 10-12 passes in flight pen A1 before becoming tired, showing an increase in stamina. The eagle will continue with daily exercise and needs to reach the optimum level of 15 passes end-to-end consistently for at least a week before consideration for release.

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County.  An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.

Latest Update: December 28, 2015

Bald Eagle #15-0355 has been flying well during the past few weeks in flight pen A1. Wildlife rehabilitator Leighann began pushing the eagle to the “optimum exercise level” on December 27 and said that the eagle is doing well, but needs a little bit more work on stamina. As long as exercise goes well during the next couple of weeks, the staff hope that the eagle will be able to be released in 2016. 

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County.  An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.

Latest Update: December 9, 2015

Bald Eagle #15-0355 has made slow and steady improvement in the past three weeks. The bird is now consistently flying 10 passes end-to-end and has been able to gain and maintain good height during exercise sessions. The eagle’s stamina has also increased, but Bald Eagle #15-0355 has yet to reach optimal level [15 passes end-to-end] and will continue with daily exercise sessions to improve her conditioning in the upcoming weeks.  

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County.  An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.

Latest Update: November 19, 2015

The rehabilitation staff has continued to exercise Bald Eagle #15-0355 during the past two weeks. The eagle is still not flying well consistently but has shown some improvement. The eagle often becomes tired or stubborn during exercise sessions and gains only moderate height in flight, but is making more passes and better height than earlier this month.

A feet and feather exam on November 16 showed several broken feather tips, but the eagle is in good body condition overall.

Daily exercise will continue, giving the eagle more time to gain strength and stamina.
 

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County.  An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.

Latest Update: November 6, 2015

On October 22, Bald Eagle #15-0355 was moved to flight pen A2. After several days of adjusting to the larger space, the rehabilitation staff started daily exercise sessions with the eagle. At this point, the eagle is not flying well, though several weeks of conditioning will be needed to determine if there are permanent flight deficits due to the eagle’s injuries. The staff report that the eagle is able to fly a total of about six to seven passes right now, mostly at low altitudes. Exercise will continue during the month of November.

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County.  An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.

Latest Update: September 11, 2015

During the past week, Bald Eagle #15-0355 has been lightly exercised by the rehabilitation staff. Though the bird has made some improvement in her ability to fly, she is still not flying very well.

On September 11, the rehabilitation staff moved Bald Eagle #15-0355 to the tower in A3 for further rest and recovery, where the eagle now shares an enclosure with eaglet #15-0733.
 

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County.  An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.

Latest Update: September 7, 2015

The veterinary staff have been doing a fair amount of “eagle shuffling” this summer – with 9-10 Bald Eagle patients in care all summer long, there has been a lot of bird-moving to ensure that the eagles that are closest to release can be safely exercised and prepared for life back in the wild.

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County.  An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.

Latest Update: August 14, 2015

Bald Eagle #15-0355 has been doing well during the past month and has a good appetite – the bird seems to prefer rat versus fish for daily meals.

On July 27, the veterinary staff noticed a small lesion on the eagle’s right wing and applied ointment and a bandage. The staff also noted that the eagle was molting several of her primary and tail feathers – typical for eagles in late summer.

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County.  An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.

Latest Update: July 15, 2015

Bald Eagle #15-0355 has been living with eaglets #15-1250 and #15-1348 during the past couple of weeks. While the adult eagle has not been regularly exercised since the addition of the young eagles, the staff note that the bird still struggles to get lift during flight, and often has trouble flying to high perches. With the eaglets growing and needing more room for exercise of their own, Bald Eagle #15-0355 was moved to a smaller outdoor enclosure.

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County.  An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.

Latest Update: June 22, 2015

The rehabilitation staff has continued to exercise Bald Eagle #15-0355 daily. At first it seemed that the eagle was making slight improvements during sessions; however, the bird still has difficulty maintaining flight and is only able to make two to four passes. The eagle also frequently hops along the ground instead of flying during exercise sessions. The rehabilitation staff will continue to exercise Bald Eagle #15-0355 and monitor its flying abilities. 

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County.  An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.

Latest Update: June 12, 2015

The rehabilitation staff has been exercising Bald Eagle #15-0355 in flight pen A1 for the past ten days. During daily exercise sessions, the eagle has poor stamina and cannot gain height during flight; rather than fly end-to-end in the enclosure, the eagle often hops along the ground and cannot fly up to the perches. The eagle has been observed on the Critter Cam as spending most of her time on the lower A-frame perch.

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County.  An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.

Latest Update: June 2, 2015

Bald Eagle #15-0355 (wearing high-heel duct tape bumpers) has been monitored in the large outdoor enclosure during the past two weeks. The eagle has been maneuvering around the enclosure but has difficulty flying to the higher perches.

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County.  An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.

Latest Update: May 21, 2015

After moving Bald Eagle #15-0355 to an outdoor pen on May 8, the veterinary and rehabilitation staff monitored the eagle for a left wing droop. The eagle was maneuvering well around the small outdoor enclosure [C1] and showed no signs of a wing droop, although the bird’s appetite was not strong.

On April 18, an adult female Bald Eagle was found on the banks of the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. A private citizen noticed that the eagle was injured and called Animal Control of Fairfax County.  An officer quickly responded to the scene and transported the eagle to a local animal clinic where the staff cleaned the eagle’s wounds, administered fluids, and provided pain medication. The eagle was transported and admitted to the Wildlife Center as patient #15-0355 on April 19.

Latest Update: May 11, 2015

During the past three weeks, veterinary staff continued to conservatively treat Bald Eagle #15-0355’s broken wing and leg. The veterinary staff performed physical therapy sessions and bandage changes every three days. On April 28, Dr. Meghan carefully re-examined the bird’s wing and leg and noted that swelling was decreasing at both fracture sites.

Eastern Screech-owl #16-0063

On February 17, the Wildlife Center admitted a rare patient – a brown phase Eastern Screech-owl. There are three color morphs of Eastern Screech-owls; red, gray, and brown. In most of this small owl’s range, red and gray phases are equally common, and brown is only seen in 2-3% of Eastern Screech-owls. The rarity of this color morph made this patient especially interesting to the Center’s staff, students, and volunteers.

Latest Update: March 17, 2016

On March 16, Dr. Helen attempted to perform an eye exam on Eastern Screech-owl #16-0063. During handling, the owl became too stressed for Dr. Helen to feel comfortable moving forward with the exam, and the eye exam was postponed until March 19.

On February 17, the Wildlife Center admitted a rare patient – a brown phase Eastern Screech-owl. There are three color morphs of Eastern Screech-owls; red, gray, and brown. In most of this small owl’s range, red and gray phases are equally common, and brown is only seen in 2-3% of Eastern Screech-owls. The rarity of this color morph made this patient especially interesting to the Center’s staff, students, and volunteers.

Latest Update: March 3, 2016

Eastern Screech-owl #16-0063 has been recovering well during the past week. On February 28, Dr. Dana took a set of radiographs to check on the owl’s healing coracoid. The fracture appears to be healing, though is slightly more displaced than it was on February 18. The owl’s wing will remain bandaged until the next set of radiographs on March 9.

Bald Eaglet #15-0733

On May 14, a hatch-year Bald Eaglet was rescued by an animal control officer in King George County. 

Latest Update: March 16, 2016

During the past two months, the rehabilitation staff exercised Bald Eagle #15-0733. Despite daily exercise sessions, the eagle continued to have poor endurance and was often unable to make no more than five to seven passes from end to end. Interim wildlife rehabilitator Kendra noted that Bald Eagle #15-0733 was frequently flappy while flying, unable to maintain height, and often grounded after only a few passes.

On May 14, a hatch-year Bald Eaglet was rescued by an animal control officer in King George County. 

Latest Update: January 29, 2016

After several weeks of rest following imping, Bald Eagle #15-0733 was started on daily exercise in flight pen A3 (along with Bald Eagle #15-1339) on January 28.

Rehabilitation intern Kendra reported that the eagle had poor stamina and maneuvering the first two days of exercise, but this is not unexpected as the eagle becomes re-accustomed to the larger enclosure. The staff will continue to exercise the eagle daily.
 

On May 14, a hatch-year Bald Eaglet was rescued by an animal control officer in King George County. 

Latest Update: January 4, 2016

On December 24, Bald Eagle #15-0733 was brought into to the Wildlife Center’s hospital for his imping procedure. Seven feathers [five primaries and two secondary feathers] were replaced on the left wing and four feathers [two primaries and two secondary] were replaced on the right wing. The team also replaced eight tail feathers. During the procedure, the team also noted that the eagle had a several flight feathers in “blood”, indicating that these feathers were growing in on their own.

On May 14, a hatch-year Bald Eaglet was rescued by an animal control officer in King George County. 

Latest Update: December 21, 2015

Bald Eagle #15-0733 has remained in the FP4 flight pen during the last month. On December 17, one of the Center’s A-pens [A2] became available, and the young eagle was moved to the larger enclosure. Since Bald Eagle #15-0733 is now in a larger flight pen and the likelihood of causing feather damage is minimized, the veterinary staff scheduled the eagle’s imping [feather replacement] procedure for December 24.

On May 14, a hatch-year Bald Eaglet was rescued by an animal control officer in King George County. 

Latest Update: November 19, 2015

During the past two months, Bald Eagle #15-0733 has remained in a small enclosure.  On November 10, the young bird was moved to a slightly larger enclosure – FP4.

On May 14, a hatch-year Bald Eaglet was rescued by an animal control officer in King George County. 

Latest Update: September 10, 2015

Bald Eaglet #15-0733 still has not been seen flying much. Repeat radiographs performed on September 7 were largely unremarkable and shows that the fracture site continues to heal. The staff noticed that the bird had many broken tail and wing feathers and decided to move Bald Eaglet #15-0733 to the A3 tower to prevent further damage to the feathers.

On May 14, a hatch-year Bald Eaglet was rescued by an animal control officer in King George County. 

Latest Update: August 28, 2015

The four young Bald Eagles in flight pen A3 have been doing well during the past month. Three of the young eaglets -- #15-1261, #15-1312, and #15- 1339 -- have gradually started flying. At first, they made short flights to the swinging perches, but soon the short flights were replaced by longer flights up to the tower and flights from end-to-end in the flight pen. All birds are eating well and are maintaining weight.

On May 14, a hatch-year Bald Eaglet was rescued by an animal control officer in King George County. 

Latest Update: July 15, 2015

On July 15, the veterinary staff moved Bald Eaglets #15-0733 and #15-1261 from the tower area to the main flight area of A3. Blood work for Bald Eaglet #15-1261 has improved, and Bald Eaglet #15-0733’s wing has continued to heal well.

This recent move means that four eaglets are now being housed together. They can be identified on Critter Cam by their colorful, protective “wrist” bumpers:

On May 14, a hatch-year Bald Eaglet was rescued by an animal control officer in King George County. 

Latest Update: June 30, 2015

Bald Eaglets #15-0733 and #15-1261 were introduced to one another last week; the two young birds appear to be getting along well.  Both are eating and gaining weight. 

On May 14, a hatch-year Bald Eaglet was rescued by an animal control officer in King George County. 

Latest Update: June 24, 2015

Bald Eaglet #15-0733’s daily physical therapy sessions have gone well during the past week. During each physical therapy session, one of the veterinarians extends the eagle’s wing to stretch the muscles and ligaments in the wing.

On May 14, a hatch-year Bald Eaglet was rescued by an animal control officer in King George County. 

Latest Update: June 12, 2015

Follow-up radiographs of Bald Eagle #15-0733’s healing wing were taken on June 4; they revealed that a callus was continuing to form over the fracture sites. Dr. Meghan noted, however, that the bird’s wing was severely contacted. The bird’s bandage was removed to allow the young eagle to extend its wing; daily physical therapy sessions were scheduled.

On May 14, a hatch-year Bald Eaglet was rescued by an animal control officer in King George County. 

Latest Update: June 2, 2015

Bald Eaglet #15-0733 was anesthetized for radiographs on May 29. Dr. Meghan found that calluses were forming on both wing fractures, though there were signs of osteomyelitis

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: February 24, 2016

Last week, Bald Eagle #14-1040 finished his 60-day course of antifungal medications. Dr. Helen took photos of the eagle’s feathers and reviewed the case with Drs. Dave and Dana. All vets agree that there is only very minimal improvement in the current feather condition; most wing and tail feathers still have a deformed appearance.

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: January 8, 2016

Thanks to the generous contributions made by several Wildlife Center supporters, the eight-week course of antifungal medication was purchased for Bald Eagle #14-1040. When more than $900 was donated for the eagle, the veterinary staff ordered the large dose of medication for the next two months and gave the eagle its first dose from the small stash kept in the Wildlife Center’s hospital.

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: December 21, 2015

Earlier this month, additional samples of Bald Eagle #14-1040’s abnormal feathers were sent to an outside laboratory in hopes that further testing could help the Center’s veterinary team decide how to treat the eagle. Results indicated the presence of a fungal infection in the feather shaft and surrounding feather follicle.

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: December 7, 2015

Throughout 2015, many of Bald Eagle #14-1040’s feathers have remained abnormal. Multiple feathers on the eagle’s wings and tail have a deformed appearance; the veterinary team gave the bird additional time to see if new, healthy feathers would grow in during the bird’s annual molt. Some abnormal feathers simply remained, rather than falling out during the usual molt cycle; other feathers did fall out but were replaced with more deformed feathers. 

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: January 2, 2015

On January 2, the veterinary team decided to move Bald Eagle #14-2406 to flight pen A2. Because the bird is consistently eating and his wounds have healed well, the team wanted to observe the bird in a larger space.

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 anesthetized for radiographs. The veterinary team found several abnormalities 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.