Roanoke’s Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center reports break-in, ‘recovering patient’ missing

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke took to social media on Monday to post a report of a break-in at their facility from last week.

According to the post, somebody broke onto the wildlife center’s property in the overnight hours on Friday, July 3. In addition, the wildlife center says that person defaced the facility’s mammal cages and disturbed one cage containing a “recovering patient” that has since gone missing.

Surveillance cameras show what appears to be an individual with a flashlight moving round in darkness.

The corresponding video mentions the camera lines were evidently cut.

“This is difficult for us because we aren’t here to harm anyone—we only want to do what is best for wildlife and provide an important service for our community, so the fact that someone would do such a thing to us is disheartening, especially when we feel we’ve been kicked down so much already,” the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center wrote on Facebook on Monday, July 6.

The wildlife center asks anyone who may have seen something to call 1-800-237-5715 or email

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