Virginia Bear’s Laser Treatment

Virginia, our almost 15 year old American black bear, has some extensive arthritis and degenerative issues. We’ve been treating her for years with a variety of medicines and supplements. We’ve even added acupuncture and laser treatments. (Check out this blog post about treatment from almost 2-years ago). I watched yesterday as the team administered Virginia’s Laser Treatment (cold, or low-level, laser therapy is often recommended for pain management or inflammation reduction). The Animal Care team worked (and still works) toRead more

Flashback Friday: Virginia

I was texting was former Museum staffer and Animal Care Team helper Leslie last week. She is expecting her second human child the end of the year. Got me thinking about babies and bottle feeding. Virginia is one of the last babies I bottle fed. Virginia is our almost 15 year old American black bear. She arrived at the Museum at less than four months of age weighing about 15 pounds, and still on a bottle. She was pretty adorable,Read more

Virginia and Mimi called out?

I walked in to work the end of the day Saturday to prep for the coming storm and was greeted by this note on the board:   Some might be saying what do you mean two of our four bears called out for the day??   No worries, the bears are here, but two of our volunteers were unable to make it in today 🙁Read more

Virginia’s treatment plan

I’ve watched Virginia, our black bear that has been at the Museum since June 2005, grow from a 15 pound cub still on a bottle to a full-grown black bear. We noticed many months ago she had an intermittent yet recurring limp. It never stopped her from doing anything but it just wasn’t going away no matter what variety of treatments we provided. Diagnosis has been a challenge, but we had a team from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine outRead more

QuikPic: Virginia

We feed our bears 3 times a day, usually once in the morning, early afternoon and right before we go home for the day. Normally, by the time I get to the bear house in the morning most of the bears are sitting in the house staring at me probably wondering where breakfast is at. The other day, I went to feed the bears and I found VA just patiently waiting in the yard. She even had her paws crossedRead more