February 17 update
Blood was drawn from Black Bear #12-0073 on February 16. While the bear is still slightly anemic, this additional blood work showed marked signs of improvement. The yearling continues to eat well and remains bright, alert, and feisty. The rehabilitation staff set up one of the Bear Pen enclosures and the young bear will be moved outside later this afternoon.
The staff will continue to weigh the bear weekly — assuming they are able to safely do so — for the next couple of weeks.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia was formed in 1982 to provide quality health care, often on an emergency basis, to native wildlife.
Since 1982, the Wildlife Center has:
* treated more than 55,000 wild animals, representing 200 species of native birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians
* shared the lessons learned from these cases with some 1.4 million school-children and adults across Virginia
* trained a corps of wildlife medicine practitioners, including veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and volunteer wildlife rehabilitators. Those who have benefited from the professional training programs offered by the Center may now be found on the cutting-edge of wildlife veterinary medicine around the world.
In 2007, the Wildlife Center received the National Conservation Achievement Award as the Conservation Organization of the Year from the National Wildlife Federation