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Critter of the Week

Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and further afield and a critter up for adoption by Richmond SPCA.

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Where Spotted: Monkey Island (on the border of Virginia and North Carolina)
Common Name: Cattle Egret
Scientific Name: Bubulcus ibis
Length: 18.1-22.1 in (46-56 cm)
Weight: 9.5-18.1 oz (270-512 g)
Wingspan: 34.6-37.8 in (88-96 cm)

Quick Facts Courtesy of Cornell Labs

  • Cattle Egrets are native to Africa but somehow reached northeastern South America in 1877. They continued to spread, arriving in the United States in 1941 and nesting there by 1953. In the next 50 years they became one of the most abundant of the North American herons, showing up as far north as Alaska and Newfoundland.
  • Cattle Egrets follow large animals or machines and eat invertebrates stirred up from the ground. They will fly toward smoke from long distances away, to catch insects fleeing a fire.
  • The Cattle Egret has a broad and flexible diet that occasionally includes other birds. In the Dry Tortugas off the coast of Florida, migrating Cattle Egrets have been seen hunting migrating warblers.
  • Cattle Egrets have many names around the world, usually referencing the grazing animals they team up with to forage. In various languages they are known as cow cranes, cow herons, cow birds, elephant birds, rhinoceros egrets, and hippopotamus egrets.
  • The oldest Cattle Egret on record was at least 17 years old when it was captured and released in Pennsylvania in 1979. It had been banded in Maryland in 1962.

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Fluffy at Richmond SPCA

ALL FLUFF, ALL ENERGY, ALL GLORY. My name is Fluffy and as you can see I am a very handsome cloud of hair. Despite my A-List star appearance, I’m actually a pretty nervous guy who will need a home that will be patient and understanding with me as I learn the ropes of being in a home. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE attention and partying with my friends… I just need some time to get there. If you are interested in learning more about me, visit our adoption center or give us a call at (804)521-1307.

Age: 3 years, 3 months
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Black / Brown
Size: L (dog size guide)
ID: 46843010

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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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Critter of the Week

Critters of the Week

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

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Where Spotted: Pony Pasture
Common Name: White-tailed Deer
Scientific Name: Odocoileus virginianus
Weight: Males – 150 to 300 lb Females – 88 to 198 lb

Quick Facts

  • Bucks have antlers, not horns. Horns are permanent keratin structures found on cattle, sheep, etc. Antlers, one of the fastest-growing animal tissues in the world, are bones that drop off and regrow every year.
  • Deer eat 3-5% of their body weight per day.
  • Under optimum conditions, a deer population could double in size annually.
  • There may be twice as many deer in Virginia today – nearly 1 million – than when Jamestown was settled. White-tailed deer, nearly extinct in 1900, reproduce quickly and adapt well to human landscapes.
  • Deer have dichromatic (two-color) vision with blue and yellow primaries;[15] humans normally have trichromatic vision. Thus, deer poorly distinguish the oranges and reds that stand out so well to humans.
  • The 1942 Disney film adaptation of Bambi, famously changed Bambi’s species from the novel’s roe deer into a white-tailed deer.

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Sonya Blade at Richmond SPCA

Good day to you! My name is Sonya Blade and I hope that you can help me with something… finding my fur-ever home! I know that once you meet me, you’ll be charmed by my great purr-sonality and adorable looks. Please consider making me a part of your family today!

Age: 1 year, 2 months
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Grey / White
ID: 47628358

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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 Richmond SPCA.

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Where Spotted: Bryan Park
Common Name: Black-and-White Warbler
Scientific Name: Mniotilta varia
Length: 4.3-5.1 in (11-13 cm)
Weight: 0.3-0.5 oz (8-15 g)
Wingspan: 7.1-8.7 in (18-22 cm)

Quick Facts Courtesy of Cornell Lab

  • The Black-and-white Warbler is the only member of the genus Mniotilta. The genus name means “moss-plucking,” a reference to its habit of probing bark and moss for insects.
  • Black-and-white Warblers have an extra-long hind claw and heavier legs than other wood-warblers, which help them hold onto and move around on bark.
  • As warblers go, Black-and-white Warblers are combative: they’ll attack and fight with other species that enter their territory, including Black-capped Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches, and American Redstarts. This aggressive behavior extends to the wintering grounds, where they defend territories and when feeding in mixed flocks will drive other Black-and-white Warblers away.
  • The oldest known Black-and-white Warbler was 11 years, 3 months old—a female that was banded in North Carolina in the 1950s and recovered in Pennsylvania more than a decade later.

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Wheat Thin at Richmond SPCA

Wheat Thin is an adorable girl that is looking for just the right home and environment for her. If you’re interested in learning more about Wheat Thin, please contact the Richmond SPCA adoption center at 804-521-1307 to see if she is the one for you!

Age: 4 years, 10 months
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Black / White
Size: XL (dog size guide)
ID: 45419238

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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 Richmond SPCA.

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Where Spotted: Canal Walk
Common Name: Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Scientific Name: Stelgidopteryx serripennis
Length: 4.7-5.9 in (12-15 cm)
Weight: 0.3-0.6 oz (10-18 g)
Wingspan: 10.6-11.8 in (27-30 cm)

Quick Facts Courtesy of Cornell Labs

  • The Northern Rough-winged Swallow gets its name from minuscule hooks on the leading edge of their primary feathers. Running a finger along the edge of the feather from base to the tip feels like touching a rough file.
  • The genus name of the Northern Rough-winged Swallow is Stelgidopteryx, which means “scraper wing”; the species name, serripennis, means “saw feather.”
  • Swallows are good fliers and that goes double for the Northern Rough-winged Swallow, which unlike most birds also molts some of its feathers while flying. It takes them around 100 days to finish growing new feathers.
  • The oldest recorded Northern Rough-winged Swallow was a male, and at least 5 years, 11 months old when he was recaptured and rereleased in California.

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Proton at Richmond SPCA

Proton is a thoughtful girl that needs some time to become comfortable in new situations. The great news is that it does not take long and all she needs are some kind words and affection. She will ease into new friendships after this has taken place and will kindly purr and stick close to you. Please consider introducing yourself to this gentle hearted girl today, she would be forever devoted to you!

Age: 2 years, 2 months
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Black / Orange
ID: 47707466

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