May 9, 2017

On May 3, wildlife rehabilitator Brie moved Red Tag, Green Tag, and White Tag to the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure. These three bears are the largest of the cubs, and the Center's metal cage complex, where the cubs had been housed, was getting a little full!  The three cubs began tentatively exploring, and have settled in well. They are currently eating mush bowls twice a day, in addition to other veggies, fruits, and seeds.

May 9, 2017

On May 4, Eastern Ratsnake #16-2319's initial rescuer transported the snake to the King and Queen County, VA. The snake (nicknamed "Arnold Slither" by his rescuers, in honor of the famous golfer Arnold Palmer) slithered off into a wooded area after being released.

Video Still, courtesy of Cassie Williams -- initial rescuer

May 9, 2017

After Osprey #17-0622 completed its first round of lead treatment on May 1, the staff decided to move the bird outside to see if more space and natural sounds would help stimulate the bird's appetite. The osprey did begin eating fish intermittently, though the staff still relied on gavage-feeding a specialized diet to maintain the bird's weight.

May 9, 2017

On May 6, Jack Hanna came to The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Wildlife Center of Virginia hosted a special Jack Hanna Experience, including tickets to the show; a special reception with Jack, Wildlife Center President Ed Clark, and Center education animals; and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Wildlife Center. Here are some photos of the reception and show!

May 4, 2017

On May 3, Black Bear yearlings #16-2448 and #16-2496 were picked up for release! Dr. Peach darted the two bears for a quick exam, weight, and re-tagging for release; bears rehabilitated at the Wildlife Center are generally released wearing a green ear tag in each ear. The VDGIF biologist from the Frederick County region picked up the bears to return them to the same general area where they were rescued.

Black Bear #16-2496 weighed in at 35.7 kg; bear #16-2448 weighed 37.7 kg. 

Bear #16-2496 [Yellow/Red Tags]: