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A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

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Apologies for no photos of the female Cardinal but here is a lovely one.

Where Spotted: Westover Hills, Tuckahoe Plantation
Common Name: Northern Cardinal
Scientific Name: Cardinalis cardinalis
Length: 8.3 – 9.1 in (21–23 cm)
Weight: 1.5-1.7 oz (42-48 g)
Wingspan: 9.8-12.2 in (25-31 cm)

Quick Facts (Allaboutbirds.org)

  • Only a few female North American songbirds sing, but the female Northern Cardinal does, and often while sitting on the nest.
  • A mated pair shares song phrases, but the female may sing a longer and slightly more complex song than the male.
  • A perennial favorite among people, the Northern Cardinal is the state bird of seven states, including Virginia.
  • The male cardinal fiercely defends its breeding territory from other males. When a male sees its reflection in glass surfaces, it frequently will spend hours fighting the imaginary intruder.
  • The oldest recorded Northern Cardinal was a female, and was 15 years, 9 months old when she was found in Pennsylvania.

Francia Raisa at RACC

Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier Mix
Primary Color: Rust
Weight: 46.1
Age: 2yrs 0mths 3wks
Sex: Female
Pet ID: 81435

Sweet Francia is a timid little lady… until she is in the presence of other dogs! She absolutely LOVES dogs and must go home with a dog that will be her confident leader. She wants a doggie friend that she can wrestle and run with. Francia also needs a human that will make her feel safe. It doesn’t take her long to warm up to people, but she opens up much faster when another dog is around. She is also good with sassy cats! We have not seen Francia with children yet, but would love to try her with older kids that have dog manners. (Small children can be loud, forward, and scary.) Francia loves 2 snugg once she trusts you. She is also crate trained already. She loves her crate because she feels safe in there, her adopter must provide a cozy crate for her at first. If you have a friendly, confident dog that wants a bestie – please ask to meet Francia today!

Adopt Francia Raisa at RACC

Please note that the adoptable critter we’ve selected was available when we created the post the animal might not be available when you go to the facility.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Photo by Dave Parrish

Photo by Dave Parrish

Last February the  James was at or above flood stage for quite a few days. As a result, an otter moved up to Forest Hill Park Lake. Despite my best efforts I never spotted the wily critter. Luckily friend of RVAHub, Dave Parrish had much better luck.

Where Spotted: Forest Hill Park Lake
Common Name:  North American River Otter
Scientific Name:Lontra canadensis
Body Length: 26 to 42 in
Tail Length: 12 to 20 in
Weight: 11.0 and 30.9 lb

Quick Facts From Maymont’s Otter Page (Maymont is home to two River Otters)

  • There are 13 species of otters worldwide and are found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.
  • Otters have the thickest fur of any animal in the world with up to a million hairs per square inch. That’s 10 times what we have on our whole head!
  • River otters can hold their breath underwater for up to 5 minutes.
  • Baby otters are called cubs, pups or kits. They are born in the spring and can live up to 15 years in the wild and 25 years in captivity.
  • Otters love tobogganing in the snow or mud. They slide down on their bellies into the water, jump out, run to the top of the slide, and go again.

Gumby at Richmond SPCA

Age: 1 year, 1 month
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Grey
Declawed: No
ID: 42100500

Adopt Gumby at Richmond SPCA

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My picture above isn’t great so I’m supplementing it with this awesome photo by Cornell Labs that really shows off the coloring on the duck’s head.

Where Spotted: Belle Isle
Common Name:  Bufflehead aka Most Awesome Named Duck Evah
Scientific Name: Bucephala albeola
Length: 13–16 in
Weight: 9.5–19.4 oz
Wingspan: 5 ft 11 – 7 ft 7 in

Quick Facts

  • The Bufflehead nests almost exclusively in holes excavated by Northern Flickers and, on occasion, by Pileated Woodpeckers.
  • It rivals the green-winged teal as the smallest American duck.
  • Buffleheads are monogamous, and the females return to the same breeding site, year after year.
  • Bufflehead fossils from the late Pleistocene (about 500,000 years ago) have been found in Alaska, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Texas, and Washington.
  • One duck serves as a sentry, watching for predators as the others in the group dive in search of food.

They Call Me Bertha

Meet Big Bertha!

She’s a hefty ham, but that won’t stop her from fitting in your lap! Bertha is just under 70 pounds, HOUSE TRAINED, crate trained, and super silly.

Bertha is a total people person. She is so excited to meet everyone. She loves to show off her zoomies and how high she can jump for treats! Bertha also loves playing fetch – she’s really good at it!

She may be large, but she’s an energetic spunky gal. Bertha is also known for being a super snuggler. She’s the perfect mix of energy and couch potato. She loves being with people so much that she usually sits on or as close to you as possible. Bertha also knows how much we humans love when a dog rolls over and wiggle, so she will often do this to get extra attention.

Bertha is a QUEEN, she does not care for other animals. In the right hands, she can walk past other dogs without an issue. *Her adopter must be in control and confident* She responds well to verbal correction from her human if she’s being a brat towards dogs. She is also treat motivated, which is great ammo to redirect her focus if she is getting worked up.

Bertha would LOVE to move to the suburbs or the country, where she can have her space to relax. She would not appreciate living in the very dog populated Scott’s Addition or Shockoe Bottom.

She can be sassy with her toys and food sometimes – so no children for Bertha. However, she would love older kids!

If you’re looking looking for a well rounded (pun intended) DIVA, ask to meet Bertha. She is currently an office dog because living in kennels was causing her great distress.

Primary Color: Brown Brindle
Secondary Color: White
Weight: 71.2
Age: 6yrs 2mths 1wks
Sex: Female
Pet ID: 83309

Adopt My Name is Bertha at RACC

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Photo by Suzanne Velasco

Photo by Suzanne Velasco

Where Spotted: James River Park
Common Name:  Bald Eagle
Scientific Name:Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Length: 28–40 in
Weight: 6.6 – 13.9 lb
Wingspan: 5 ft 11 – 7 ft 7 in

Quick Facts From Maymont’s Eagle Page

  • Maymont has two bald eagles that are too injured to return to the wild.
  • The average lifespan of a bald eagle in the wild is 28 years, and 48 years in captivity.
  • Bald eagles can fly to an altitude of 10,000 feet. During level flight, they can achieve speeds of about 30 to 35 mph.
  • Their size increases with latitude; Alaskan birds are noticeably larger.
  • Bald eagle pairs mate for life.
  • Eagles build huge nests called aeries in the tops of trees. These nests may be up to 10 feet across and weigh up to 1,000 pounds.

Hannah at Richmond SPCA

Meet Hannah! This adorable lady is looking for a nice family to call her own. Hannah enjoys going for walks with friends, lounging in big comfy beds, and getting lots of affection. Visit Hannah today to see what an incredible companion she is!
Age: 8 years,
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Black / White
Size: S (dog size guide)
ID: 43605776

Adopt Hannah at Richmond SPCA

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