January 12, 2017
We have snow in the Shenandoah Valley!
This past weekend, the Wildlife Center was hit with snow and ice. Animals need to be fed and cared for even in bad weather, so no snow days for the dedicated Wildlife Center staff! That doesn't mean we can't have a little fun in the snow -- wildlife rehabilitator Linda lives near the Center, and she opted to snowshoe to work in the morning!

Big Bear Down!
On New Year's Day, the Wildlife Center's Vice President Randy Huwa (affectionately known as "Big Bear") took a tumble and broke his femur. He's been out of the office, and the staff is missing his presence. Luckily, Randy's wife Jackie is keeping everyone updated on his healing progress at home. Check out Randy's "patient story" and updates.

Bobcats, Bears, and ... Snakes?
Admissions tend to slow down starting in the late fall, but this has been an exceptionally busy winter so far. Right now, we have some interesting patients in our care, including our 18 Black Bear patients and Bobcat #16-2059 (you can watch both the cubs and the Bobcat on Critter Cam!)
We're also treating Smooth Green Snake #17-0021. It's a very unusual time to admit snakes, since they are typically hibernating through the winter, but this patient was found out in the cold in Waynesboro. The snake has a spinal fracture, but is doing very well. Green Snake #17-0021 will overwinter at the Center and head back to the wild in the spring.
It's a slower time for our team of education animals. But now that students are back in school following a long holiday break, our animals are ready to get to work! Emma the Russian Tortoise got a little antsy in her enclosure this week, so she was let out in the rehabilitation office to do some laps and visit with co-workers.

Buddy the Bald Eagle celebrated "Save the Eagles" Day on January 10. This is a day dedicated to recognizing the work the world has collectively done to protect species of eagles across the globe. That includes Bald Eagles like Buddy!
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