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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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Where Spotted: Canal Walk, Westover Hills
Common Name: Canadian Goose aka Sir Crapsabunch
Scientific Name: Branta canadensis
Average Length: 30 to 43 in
Average Wingspan: 50–73 in
Average Weight: 5.7–14.3 lb (males) 5.3–12.1 lb (females)

Quick Facts

  • Contrary to its normal migration routine, large flocks of Canada geese have established permanent residence in Esquimalt, British Columbia and British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, on Chesapeake Bay, in Virginia’s James River regions, and in the Triangle area of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill), and nearby Hillsborough.
  • They are monogamous, and most couples stay together all of their lives.
  • As soon as the goslings hatch, they are immediately capable of walking, swimming, and finding their own food (a diet similar to the adult geese).
  • Although parents are hostile to unfamiliar geese, they may form groups of a number of goslings and a few adults, called crèches.
  • Canada geese fly in a distinctive V-shaped flight formation, with an altitude of 1 km (3,000 feet) for migration flight. The maximum flight ceiling of Canada geese is unknown, but they have been reported at 9 km (29,000 feet).

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Midnight at Richmond SPCA

Midnight is a very affectionate and fluffy guy. He is looking for a forever home to call his own. He likes to put his paw on your leg when he wants you to pet him!

Midnight is currently in a foster home. If you’re interested in meeting him, please call the Assistant Manager of Adoptions, Teresa McCartney at 804-521-5378.

Age: 3 years,
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Black
Declawed: No
ID: 43248765

Adopt Midnight at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about their adoption process.

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Critter of the Week

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Where Spotted: Pipeline Overlook
Common Name: Crow specifically a Fish Crow
Scientific Name: Corvus ossifragus
Length: 14.2-15.8 in (36-40 cm)
Weight: 6.9-11.6 oz (195-330 g)
Wingspan: 33.1 in (84 cm)

Quick Facts (Courtesy of The Cornell Lab)

  • Not everyone realizes it, but there are two kinds of crows across much of the eastern United States. Looking almost identical to the ubiquitous American Crow, Fish Crows are tough to identify until you learn their nasal calls.
  • When Fish Crows find a good source of food, they may cache the surplus for later. These hiding places can be in grass, in clumps of Spanish moss, or in crevices in tree bark. Nesting adults may use these caches when feeding their young.
  • Fish Crows are inveterate nest-robbers, raiding the nests of many kinds of waterbirds and songbirds, as well as finding and digging up the eggs of turtles. They also harass and steal food from crows, gulls, ibis, and Ospreys.
  • Members of a mated pair frequently preen the back of each other’s head.
  • One nesting pair of Fish Crows adopted a fledgling Blue Jay that appeared in their nest. The crows fed the jay for two weeks before it disappeared.
  • Fish Crows build a new nest for each breeding attempt. The nests are well-made, and one small area may have existing nests from up to four different years.
  • The oldest known Fish Crow was 14 years, 6 months old.

Stanley at Richmond SPCA

Howdy folks, my name is Stanley! I’m a cool cat with a loving demeanor. I’m looking for a home to match. Could it be with you?! If you think we could be the purrfect pair, call the Richmond SPCA adoption center to schedule a time to meet me!

Age: 3 years,
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Grey
Declawed: No
ID: 45129109

 

Adopt Stanley at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about their adoption process.

To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.

 




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Where Spotted: Pony Pasture (very dead the bug not Pony Pasture)
Common Name: Cicada aka Get the Hell Out of My House Demon Bug
Scientific Name: Neotibicen canicularis aka Dog-day Cicada or a eotibicen davisi davisi aka Davis’ Southeastern Dog-Day Cicada
Length: 2 to 5 cm (1 to 2 in)

Quick Facts

  • Cicadas have been featured in literature since the time of Homer’s Iliad, and as motifs in art from the Chinese Shang dynasty. They have also been used in myth and folklore as symbols of carefree living and immortality.
  • At least 3000 cicada species are distributed worldwide with the majority being in the tropics.
  • Cicadas appear either annually (every year) or periodically (every 13 or 17 years) depending on the species.
  • The timing of a 13- or 17-year cycle is one of the great mysteries of the insect world. Research and mathematical modeling suggest that the length of these brood cycles could be attributed to predatory avoidance.
  • The “singing” of male cicadas is produced principally and in the majority of species using a special structure called a tymbal, a pair of which lies below each side of the anterior abdominal region.

Pollywog at Richmond SPCA

Pollywog is a big handsome boy with a lot of love to give to a new lucky family. Pollywog enjoys being the center of attention and getting tons of praise. Schedule a visit to meet Pollywog at the Richmond SPCA today to see what a special companion he is.

Age: 1 year,
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Black / White
Size: XL (dog size guide)
ID: 45048293

Adopt Pollywog at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about their adoption process.

To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.

 




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Where Spotted: Bryan Park
Common Name: Spicebush Swallowtail
Scientific Name: Papilio troilus
Wingspan:  92-124 mm (3.83-4.78 in)

Quick Facts

  • Males are reported to drink from mud puddles. More commonly, they are extracting minerals from wet soil, not from puddles.
  • Males patrol host plants and flyways to locate females.
  • The spicebush swallowtail is threatened throughout its range due to mortality of its caterpillar host plants from laurel wilt fungus which is transmitted by the introduced red bay ambrosia beetle.
  • A male spicebush swallowtail was featured on the third butterfly stamp (issued January, 2013) in the U.S. Postal Service’s series of stamps for large greeting cards.
  • The spicebush swallowtail is found throughout the eastern half of the United States from southern Canada south to southern Florida (except the Miami area and Keys) and west to Texas. It is less common farther west from the Mississippi River.

Oxford Comma at Richmond SPCA

Oxford Comma is the name…don’t wear it out! I can be a bit of a stickler for grammar, but I promise I won’t get on you too much! If you’re in need of a sophisticated pal, come meet me at the Richmond SPCA!

Age: 4 years, 5 months
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Grey
Declawed: No
ID: 43933999

Adopt Oxford Comma at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about their adoption process.

To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.

 




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