Thanksgiving visitors embrace Bald Eagles, Black Bears, Virginia Opossums, Snapping Turtles, Great Horned Owls, and extra.
Staff at The Wildlife Center of Virginia are getting prepared for a Thanksgiving feast for over 100 “guests”. Species on the “guest list” embrace Red–tailed Hawks, Eastern Screech–Owls, Bald Eagles, Black Bears, Deer Mice, and reptiles together with Eastern Box Turtles, Eastern Ratsnakes, and a Snapping Turtle.
On November 25, the Center anticipates to be caring for roughly 90 sufferers and a couple of0
resident training animals. Wildlife rehabilitators will probably be getting ready and delivering meals,
cleansing enclosures, and updating affected person information.
Turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce aren’t on the Wildlife Center menus – as an alternative of a standard household–type Thanksgiving meal, the Wildlife Center crew will make dozens of species–particular diets, which cater to every species’ wants and every patient’s explicit preferences primarily based on observations throughout their time as sufferers on the Center.
“The animals that we will be caring for this year include over 30 reptiles, over 20 birds of prey, and almost 20 squirrels” stated Wildlife Rehabilitation Supervisor Kelsey Pleasants. “Most of these patients have been admitted after being hit by cars or caught by domestic pets. Many of them require weeks of intensive care and rehabilitation.”
While the rehabilitation workers are busy within the kitchen, Center veterinarians will present medical look after sufferers in want – distributing and administering medications, cleansing wounds and altering bandages, finishing every day checks, and different medical procedures – and stay prepared for any new sufferers that may arrive. New affected person admissions are at all times a chance, any day of the yr. By the time the workers go dwelling to their “Thanksgiving dinners,” all 110 animals will probably be fed, watered, and cared for.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia is a non–revenue hospital that is in a position to present high quality healthcare to wild animals in want by means of the generosity and assist of caring individuals. “We’re so appreciative of the support of our donors that helps us to feed and care for each bird, mammal, and reptile,” stated Pleasants.
To discover out extra about methods to assist the Wildlife Center of Virginia’s work, go to www.wildlifecenter.org.