On March 1, the Wildlife Center had surprise patient update -- patient #17-0001A, also known as "Big Bear", visited the Wildlife Center! Big Bear reports that he is healing well. He's continuing his physical therapy two to three times a week; he hopes to be able to come into the office once or twice a week.
On Tuesday afternoon, wildlife rehabilitator Brie fed the 16 Black Bears in the Bear Complex and did a quick daily headcount. She was unable to find the newest bear -- #17-0127, Pink/Yellow Tags. The bear is very small and could easily be hiding, though has generally been up and active in the yard. So far, the staff have not seen the bear via Critter Cam. The rehabilitation staff hope to conduct a more in-depth search of some of the yards today.
Black Bear yearling #16-0127 [Pink/Yellow] did well in the days following his admission. The bear's respiratory wheezes improved and, by February 24, had cleared. The bear was eating well and gained a kilogram [2.2 lbs], so the veterinary team decided to move the bear to a transition area #2 in the Bear Complex on February 25, to be with Double Green and Double Yellow bears.
For the past few weeks, Bald Eagle #16-2377 has been struggling to recover its stamina during daily exercise. The eagle has been able to fly in one of the large flight pens, but has not been able to achieve an appropriate level of fitness for release.
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.