Not all fine art is painted on canvas or sculpted in stone. The OFC collection is conjured from earth, water, and fire, and is unique in all the world!
After Black Bear yearling #17-0093 was moved to the Center's Bear Pen, the rehabilitation staff noted that the bear was eating well. When rehabilitator Linda checked on the bear on Monday, February 20, she noted that the bear had not eaten. She checked the entire enclosure, and … no bear was present! All vet staff were quickly alerted, and multiple staff members carefully checked the enclosure again, as well as adjoining enclosures and surrounding structures; two people also did an entire perimeter check of the grounds.
On February 11, an adult male Bald Eagle was found down in Greene County. An animal control officer was able to capture the bird, and a volunteer transporter drove the eagle to the Wildlife Center for treatment.
Within the past month, the Wildlife Center received clearance to place non-releasable Bald Eagle #16-0355 at an educational facility. Wild Spirit Education, Inc., located in New York, expressed an interest in working with this Bald Eagle. USFWS paperwork was started for the transfer, and when approval comes through, the bird will be transferred to her new home.
On February 19, a tiny Black Bear yearling was admitted after a homeowner found the bear on his property in Stanardsville, Virginia. The bear was bright, alert, and feisty, but dehydrated and in very poor body condition; Dr. Ernesto gave the bear a body condition score of 1/5.