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January 24, 2017
 
Rainy Days = the Perfect Time to Read for Book Club
The past week, the Shenandoah Valley has had a lot of cold, rainy days. On January 23, we had nearly 1.5 inches of rain in one day! There is one especially good thing about rainy weather, though -- it makes a great excuse to curl up with a good book!

The Wildlife Center's Online Book Club is scheduled for February 6 at 7:00 p.m. on the Moderated Discussion. This month we're reading
The Rhino with Glue-On Shoes -- this book is a compilation of interesting stories from zoo and wildlife veterinarians. There's still time to read before the meeting in two weeks. We hope you'll join us!
 
 
Did Someone Order the Fish?
This week, the Wildlife Center staff and students sorted through many, many bins of trout donated by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The fish will feed many different species at the Center, including Bald Eagles and Black Bears. While we're thrilled about receiving the fish, the smell was a little less exciting.
 

First Bear Cub of 2017!
According to a study by Kim Echols, Black Bear sows in Virginia have been documented giving birth from December 19 to February 22 – with a median date of January 17.

A week following the average date of parturition, the Wildlife Center admitted an approximately 10-day old Black Bear cub! Rehabilitators Linda and Brie are providing care around the clock, and 
the cub will hopefully be placed with a wild sow in the coming weeks. You can watch Black Bear Bear cub #17-0073 on Incubator Cam.
 

Rehabilitator Brie during her 1:00 a.m. feeding shift with the cub. 
 
Our Featured Fish Crow
Virginia Water Radio did an episode all about Fish Crows this week. Fish Crows are a lesser-known species of crow, so we're happy to hear they're getting some acknowledgment! Virginia Water Radio featured a photo of the Wildlife Center's Fish Crow patient #16-2468

 
This weekend, the Wildlife Center hosted a tour group of children celebrating a birthday. The birthday girl loves animals ... and especially loves opossums. She came to the right place to celebrate! After meeting the education animals, the birthday party guests enjoyed some homemade opossum cookies.
 
 
And the Winner is ...
While the rest of the world is focusing on Academy Award nominations, Oscar the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake is preparing to announce his own nominations for the "Oscar Awards". Check our Facebook page in February to see who wins!
 
 
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