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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.

Snow fun

Working as an animal keeper on a snowy day has its own unique challenges and rewards.  The animals still have to be taken care of even in bad weather, so animal keepers have to come in and take care of the animals when everything else…

You otter love some snow!

Last month, the animals at the VLM got to experience a snow day play day. Many of the animals found the snow quite entertaining, but others were not overtly happy to see the cold white stuff. Here’s a video of our otter enjoying some snow…

Wood Ducks!

Around the middle of  July, the coastal plains aviary became home to 2 families of wood ducks.  The ducks came to us from a breeding facility down near the North Carolina border. Both families are doing quite well.  In both batches of wood ducks, there…

Where did the summer go?

Hello folks, Well, what happened to summer? The time has gotten away from me, it’s hard to believe that it’s September! The owls are starting to call to establish territories, the leaves are beginning to change color, the days are getting shorter and the animals…

No Stars Over Nashville

Howdy y’all! Okay so after another missed post by the automatic poster, I give up.  And that’s how I find myself sitting in a hotel room in Nashville, writing this entry. I’ll be on the road most of this month, actually.  Having a school-age child,…

Lets have a hay day!

Every other week, we get a shipment of feed and hay and straw. The straw that we get is used for bedding in the animals’ dens. It makes for a nice insulated bedding in the cold weather, is fairly affordable, and is easy to clean….