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Critter Corner Enjoy insider news and updates from Grant Gregory, Senior Animal Keeper at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, Virginia. Enjoy stories, tales, anecdotes, wildlife information and goings on with the Virginia Living Museums amazing critters.

Help Chuck Meet Bill Murray

December 21, 2015 Dear Santa: It’s me, Chesapeake Chuck, the Virginia Living Museum’s Resident Groundhog – NO relation to Punxsutawney Phil!  I will keep my list short. All I want for Christmas is: Bill Murray!  Bill Murray! Bill Murray! Bill Murray!   Why, you may…

Temps Soar, but we keep it cool

Hello again, folks.  Since we’ve had the hot weather lately, I thought it might be a chance to show you how we keep it cool with our critters.  During the hot weather many of our animals save energy by taking it easy in the shade,…

Spring time is busy time

This is the first chance I’ve gotten to sit down and say hello to you critter fans. We’ve had a busy spring!  Back in March, we received some egrets and black-crowned night herons from the Aquarium in Virginia Beach. After a quarantine period, we placed…

Eggs-cell-ent Enrichment

Every year, we look forward to Easter as it’s a time for new beginnings. It has become a tradition for us to make Easter Eggs for our critters.  On a regular basis we feed certain animals in our collection hard boiled eggs as part of…

Winter Comes and now Goes

Hello, Critter fans!  We’ve had quite a time of it this past winter with the cold weather and snow that came in February.  After the last big snow, we spent many hours cleaning up the animals’ areas so that they might get out into the…

In with the New, out with the Old

So here’s my first post of the year from the land of critters. It’s been a year of many ups and downs.  We’ve lost a few old friends and made some new critter friends.  Such is the cycle of the animals in our collection.  Each…

Wild treats over the Holidays

Hey Critter fans! Here’s a quick post to say happy holidays! Over the holiday season, we often enjoy watching our wild neighbors come and go at our feeders.  They offer many hours of entertainment and beauty outside of the window while we are making preparations…

Otters on Exhibit!

Since we put the otters together a couple of months ago, I’m happy to report that they are doing very well together. They’ve adjusted to being on exhibit together and seem to enjoy each other’s company. At night they are separated while eating supper, but…