Give us a call at 919-489-0900 if you would like to have any of our animals visit your group or school.
|Otus – Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio)– a small owl, ranging from 6.3 to 9.8 inches as adults, with either rusty or dark gray intricately patterned plumage and streaking on the underparts. Did You Know? The 1992 comedy My Cousin Vinny featured a scene where the owl’s screech kept the movie characters awake – however, the movie audio didn’t accurately portray the owl’s screech.
Otus was found in May 2009 as a juvenile in Wilkes County and unable to fly. Upon examination at the Carolina Raptor Center, he was found to have a fractured left humerus that did not heal properly. Because of his injury, he cannot fly to catch his prey or escape from a predator. The CRC staff selected Otus to be placed with Piedmont Wildlife Center because they felt his temperament would make him a good education bird. He has proven to be just that! Otus is attending events and education programs and is available for booking at your next event, school or group program.
|Bellatrix- Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Meet Bellatrix! She is a great horned owl that was believed to be hit by a car. She went to Carolina Raptor Center with multiple fractures to her left wing. She can fly, but not that well and wouldn’t survive in the wild. The Great Horned Owl is one of the most common owls in the Americas. These large owls have prominent ear tufts and brightly colored eyes.Great Horned Owls have an extremely broad diet: small to medium sized mammals and rodents, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and even small invertebrates are part of their diet. These owls are capable of taking large prey as well, even other large birds like Barred Owls and Ospreys. They are also the only animals to prey upon Skunks as a normal part of their diet. Great Horned Owls are mostly crepuscular; they hunt most between dawn and dusk.
Willow – The red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus)
Willow was found in a road in Huntersville, NC with a squirrel nearby. We assume that she was hunting the squirrel and was hit by a vehicle. Willow sustained a list of injuries, including a fractured radius, a fractured ulna, and a fractured metacarpus. Willow needed two pins to reset the bones in her left wing, both of which have since been removed. However, due to the severity of the injury, Willow is only partially flighted.
Willow arrived at the Piedmont Wildlife Center in October 2014.
|Katara – The red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamiacensis)
Katara was just a juvenile when she came to the Piedmont Wildlife Center from Atlanta, Georgia in October 2014. A man found Katara with an injured wing after she had flown into his window. He contacted Atlanta Wildlife Animal Rescue Effort, who treated Katara for her injuries. Katara’s right humerus had been damaged and did not heal properly so she can no longer fly.
Katara arrived at the Piedmont Wildlife Center in October 2014.
|Izzy- Eastern Milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum)
Izzy was purchased in 2013 at a reptile show in NC, and donated to PWC after his owner could no longer care for him.Izzy is shy, spending a large amount of time hiding, but he is very friendly when picked up and never bites.Fun Fact: The name “milksnake” was derived from old wives tales about snakes sneaking into barns at night, and stealing milk from cows!
Kellogg came to us as a two-month old baby in 2007 from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. The Museum veterinarian had bred a number of corn snakes and donated Kellogg to us.
He is a favorite of the children (and some adults) who attend our programs.
|Miracle– Silky Ringneck Dove
The silky dove is one of many domesticated doves or pigeons, bred for particular characteristics. Miracle is a white dove with “frizzled” ends on his feathers, causing the dove not to be able to gain lift and fly. He flutters to the ground whenever he tries to fly.Did You Know? Miracle was born in a library when the librarian that took care of his parents didn’t notice a third egg laid in the cage and only removed the normal two eggs laid by the parents each spring. Birds in the wild will lay multiple eggs and double clutches of eggs to ensure that their offspring have a better chance of survival.
Miracle was donated to us in 2009 by “Birdman” Dave Gulick when he moved from the area and couldn’t take Miracle with him. Miracle is very friendly and likes to be held by the children attending our programs.
|Sheldon, Shelly, Vinny, and Bob- Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) – Eastern Box Turtles are a native species of turtle that is found along the east coast of the United States. Their shells have unique markings, with males being more brightly colored than females (Sheldon). Males have brightly colored heads and front legs with red eyes, whereas females usually have a brown/tan head and front legs. Occasionally females will have red eyes. Males also have a slight indentation on their carapace (bottom side of shell) as well as having flared scutes on the back side of their carapace (top side of shell).
The Box turtle received its name because it can close completely in its shell. Box turtles are the only terrestrial turtles in the United States. They are usually found near wooded areas, but are frequently found crossing streets due to habitat loss and fragmentation. Their population is in decline, but we have a healthy population at Leigh Farm Park. To see more about our conservation efforts at PWC, go here.
Sheldon was a rescue from a group of 100 turtles that were surrendered. All the turtles had been living indoors together for about 20+ years. They currently cohabit with our chickens in the warm months and are doing very well.
Vinny was stolen off the side of a highway in Virginia. The people who found him saw him on the side of a busy road and, like most people, thought they were helping him by bringing him back home to Fayetteville. Luckily, before Vinny was released into their backyard they researched box turtles. What they found was that when box turtles are relocated outside of their (approximately) 1 acre home-range, they spend the rest of their lives trying to get back home. In this time, the turtles will not eat or drink and usually perish. When they found this out they called PWC and we were able to take him in to become a wildlife ambassador. If we had known where Vinny was picked up, we could have put him back, but all they knew was somewhere off the highway.