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Critters of the Week

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).

Have a picture of a wild critter? Send it to richard@rvahub.com and it might end up as a Critter of the Week.

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

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Critter of the Week

Critters of the Week

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: Belle Isle
Common Name:  Double-crested Cormorant aka Mr. Submariner
Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax auritus
Average Length: 28–35 in
Average Wingspan: 45–48 in
Average Weight: 2.6–5.5 lb

Quick Facts

  • When swimming, the bird sits low in the water with its neck and head showing; from there it plunges into the deep to catch fish at depths of up to 25 feet.
  • It can stay submerged for over a minute.
  • After diving, it spends long periods standing with its wings outstretched to allow them to dry, since they are not fully waterproofed.
  • When their eggs hatch after about a month, the adult cormorants will shade the chicks from the sun using their wings.

Rose at Richmond SPCA

Rose is an adorable girl that is looking for just the right home and environment for her. If you’re interested in learning more about Rose please contact the Richmond SPCA adoption center at 804-521-1307 or visit our humane center to meet with an adoption counselor and Rose.

Age: 4 years, 8 months
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Grey / White
Declawed: No
ID: 31457867

Adopt Rose at Richmond SPCA

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Critters of the Week

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

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Juvenile Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Mature Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – Photo from AllAboutBirds.org

Where Spotted: Wetlands
Common Name:  Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker aka Mr. Ye Olde Tyme Cartoon Insult
Scientific Name: Sphyrapicus varius
Average Length: 8-9 in
Average Wingspan: 16-18 in
Average Weight:1.5-1.7 ounces

Quick Facts

  • Yellow-bellied sapsuckers will drum on metal surfaces such as signs, gutters, or vents to increase the resonance and more broadly proclaim their territory.
  • Arthropods, tree sap, fruits, and nuts compose the majority of the yellow-bellied sapsucker’s diet.
  • Before feeding consistently on a tree, this sapsucker lays down exploratory bands near a live branch. These bands are laid down in horizontal rows.
  • This bird is monogamous, and nests in pairs,[with both sexes working to make the nest. Excavation of the cavity is done mostly by the male.

Goggles at RACC

Goggles is looking for a special someone to help him learn manners and be a well-behaved boy. He was once a yard dog. His previous owners didn’t teach him anything so he needs to start with a basic manners training class so that he can be the best version of himself possible. He can be very affectionate with his caretakers, especially after he gets some of his energy out running around in our play yard with his favorite toys. The staff here have been working with him on leash manners (he walks better on a harness), getting him to be more polite with toys, dog socialization, and verbal commands like “sit” and “down”. He has a lot of potential, and we love his goofy face. If you are looking for a rewarding challenge, ask to meet with Goggles!

Primary Color: Blue Brindle
Weight: 55
Age: 1yrs 7mths 1wks
Sex: Male
Pet ID: 83313

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Critter of the Week

Critters of the Week

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: Floodwall
Common Name:  Great Black-backed Gull aka Mr. You Gonna Eat That
Scientific Name: Larus marinus
Average Length: 25–31 in
Average Wingspan: 4 ft 11 in–5 ft 7 in
Average Weight: 1.7–5.1 lb

Quick Facts

  • The Great Black-backed Gull is one of many bird species whose feathers were used for fashionable clothing in the 1800s.
  • This is the largest gull in the world.
  • They will investigate any small organism they encounter and will readily eat almost anything that they can swallow.
  • Unlike most other Larus gulls, they are highly predatory and frequently hunt and kill any prey smaller than themselves.
  • The breeding pair are devoted parents who both take shifts brooding the young, defending the nest and gathering food.

Have a picture of a wild critter? Send it to richard@rvahub.com and it might end up as a Critter of the Week.

Comet at Richmond SPCA

Age: 5 years, 1 month
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Black / White
Size: L (dog size guide)
ID: 43349579

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