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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Wildlife Center of Virginia

Admission Date: November 3, 2012 
Location of Rescue: Bath County 
Cause of Admission / Condition: Suspected collision with a moving vehicle Patient Status: Current Patient 

 On November 3, as most of the Wildlife Center staff were preparing for the annual gala, a Black Bear cub was admitted as patient

The cub was brought to the Wildlife Center by a permitted rehabilitator who received the bear from a state trooper; it is suspected that the young bear was hit by a moving vehicle in Bath County.
 During the initial physical exam, the cub appeared bright and feisty. Other than a minor abrasion under the bear’s arm, there were no obvious abnormalities or injuries. Dr. Dana gave the bear subcutaneous fluids to assist with hydration. The bear also received pain medication, in case he was experiencing pain or discomfort.

On November 4, the bear was observed “knuckling” on his right forelimb – walking on the knuckles instead of flat on the pad of the foot. The cub was sedated and a more extensive exam was performed. Radiographs revealed asymmetry between the right and left wrist and an increase in space between the carpal bones in the right wrist. The radiograph results suggest that there may be nerve damage or an orthopedic injury to the cub’s right front foot. The cub continues to knuckle on his right forelimb, but otherwise appears bright with a good appetite.
The veterinary team will continue to monitor the bear’s attitude and use of the right forelimb.
 In order to limit his activity, the bear is currently housed in the Center’s holding room. The cub will remain here until the vet staff can further evaluate his foot injury.